Anna Lukala is a Finnish process and reserach-based visual artist with a primary focus on exploring more sustainable photographic processes. She can often be found foraging for natural colours and materials from her immediate surroundings, as well as from her dedicated pigment garden. Her work draws inspiration from the intricate interconnectedness of natural ecosystems and the rich heritage of indigenous historic folk traditions. Anna's creations are known for their tactile qualities, prompting viewers to perceive the land around us in new and thought-provoking ways. Her exploration of materiality and dedication to ecological solutions are central to her practice, often taking precedence over the final artistic outcomes.

Anna works and lives in Wescliff on Sea, UK

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Available for workshops, demonstrations, talks, mentoring and collaborations. Get in touch to about print sales and residency ops.


2024 'Symbiosis' Hundred Years Gallery, London, London Alt Photo group exhibition
2023 Sustainable Darkroom group exhibition, HIP Photography Festival, Hull
2023 ‘semblance’, group exhibition The Old Waterworks
2023 Group exhibition, The Old Operating Theatre, London
2021 ‘Tip of the Iceberg’, Focal Point Gallery
2013 Urban Photo Fest, Tate Britain
2013 Projections On The Pier, City To Sea Project, Bognor Regis
2011 “Artside” Southend on Sea
2009 “Come Together” TAP, Southend on Sea
2004 Leigh Art Trail, Coal Hole, Leigh on Sea
2003 Formula, London
1998 Joint Exhibition, Lapinlahti Art Museum, Finland
1997 Young Designers, Business Design Centre, London
1997 “Reproduction”, University of Wolverhampton
1996 Group Exhibition, Link Gallery, Urbana IL, US
1993 “2Dim” Gallery Zebra, Karis, Finland

Grants, Awards, Residencies

2023 Southend Culture Investment Fund
2022 Pasture Projects Residency, Sudbury
2021 Firstsite Collectors’ Group Bursary Award
2021 a-n Time Money Space Bursary
2021 Develop Your Creative Practice, Arts Council England
2013 Short Listed for the Digital Award at The Editor’s Regional Press Award


2023 Culturally Curious Zine
2023 Land Whispers Back, Land Art Study Group online publication
2023 CollectArt Drawings Special Issue
2021 Create your own natual ink, Activity Pack, Tip of the Iceberg FPG
2021 WSG ‘United’ publication
2021 of the land and us ‘Issue 01’ online magazine

Most recent delivered workshops

- Sustainable Darkroom; Making and Thinking with Fungi: Multi-Species Collaborations, a three-part course developing approaches to working and thinking with mushrooms through papermaking.

-Focal Point Gallery, Phytogram workshop (Green Creative Open Day)
-TOMA (The Other MA) Cyanotype workshop
-Show&Tell / Sustainable Darkroom, An Ecology of Photography, Devario, Italy
  Teaching Anthotypes, Chemigrams, Pinhole photography, Sustainable thinking
-TOMA (The Other MA) introduction to natural plant dye workshop 

-Trust Links Charity.Overseeing the planning of planting a heritage dye garden, teaching natural dyeing and    pigment harvesting. This was a Heritage Lottery funded project
-Metal, 'Art makes Children Powerful’
A month long workshop with Year 2 at Edwards Hall School, Leigh on Sea, investigating how nature can be used  in art by making cyanotypes on paper and fabric as well as creating landotypes at school grounds, accumulating to a showcase outdoor exhibition
-Acava, ‘Flourish’, London
Introduction to historic natural ink making with Oak Galls.
-Trust Links Charity, Run a course of 6 workshops using camera-less, alternative and sustainable   photography   workshops, including cyanotypes, anthotypes, and lumen printing. This is supported by ‘Let’s Create Jubilee  Fund’ Arts Council England

-Focal Point Gallery, Stanford Le Hope Primary School, Eco Printing workshops-Natural Ink making workshop, Trust Links, Westcliff on Sea
-Natural ink making weekend, (Taking Space, Sharing Space, and Taking Care), The Agency Of Visible Women. - -Intro to Digital Photography workshop, Focal Point Gallery summer school holiday activity program
-Bundle Dyeing Workshop, In conjunction with artist Mary Mattingly’s exhibition ‘Vanishing Point’, FPG Southend Pier

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