Approved: 16.08.2006

Nicola Dale

Artist

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Nicola’s practice is concerned with what knowledge looks like. She visualises the acquisition of knowledge – how she captures, processes and understands what she reads. She imagines what a particular piece of knowledge might look like and creates a physical form from this abstract idea. She is increasingly drawn to how we format knowledge and how this is changing over time; the book recurs as both

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  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Activities: Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Private commissions
  • Categories: Education project, Publication, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture
  • Tags: conceptual, paper, books, text, library, knowledge, process, repetition, reading, handmade

Biography

Nicola’s practice is concerned with what knowledge looks like. She visualises the acquisition of knowledge – how she captures, processes and understands what she reads. She imagines what a particular piece of knowledge might look like and creates a physical form from this abstract idea. She is increasingly drawn to how we format knowledge and how this is changing over time; the book recurs as both a theme and a medium in her work. Nicola Dale is supported by Mark Devereux Projects.

CV & Education

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • BETWEEN, Manchester Cathedral and Manchester Mosque, 2013
  • INTONE, installation (music by Ailis ni Riain), Durham Brass Festival, 2013
  • KINDLE, John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester, 2011
  • FLASHBACK, Southwell Artspace, Nottingham, 2008

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • THE FIRST CUT, Sea City Museum, Southampton, 2013-2014
  • WATER & REFLECTIONS, Himalayas Museum, Zhujiajiao, China, 2013
  • WITH, Rogue Project Space, Manchester, 2013
  • MEANS OF FEEDBACK, Cube, Manchester, 2013
  • THE FIRST CUT, Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, 2013
  • THE FIRST CUT, Manchester Art Gallery, 2012
  • FIXATION, WCS, Liverpool, 2012
  • FUNCTION, BLOC, Sheffield, 2011
  • THE OPEN WEST, Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham, 2011
  • RE-COVERING, Untitled Gallery, Manchester, 2011
  • THE LAST BOOK, New York Public Library, 2011
  • PAPER, KAF, Leeds, 2010
  • STORIES, Wolverhampton Gallery, 2010
  • NEW CONTEMPORARIES, The Bristol Gallery, 2009
  • THE LAST BOOK, Zentral Bibliothek, Zürich, Switzerland, 2009
  • THE WAY WE ARE, NXNW Festival, Wigan, 2009
  • THE LAST BOOK, National Library, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008
  • SITTING ROOM, K Gallery, Almeda, California, 2008
  • PRESS & RELEASE, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, 2008
  • MEMORIES, MOMENTS & CURIOSITIES, Saltburn Artists Projects, 2007
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF NARRATIVE, Chapel Gallery, Lancashire, 2007
  • SEARCH FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE, Noosa Gallery, Australia, 2007
  • TURBULENCE, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, 2007
  • HIT THE BOOKS, Hessenhuis Museum, Belgium, 2007
  • TEXTUAL HEALING, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, 2007
  • AS IF ONE WASNT ENOUGH, 20-21 Visual Arts, Scunthorpe, 2007
  • LIBRI MAI MAI VISTI, Fucina Vaca, Italy, 2006
  • 10+ AND BEYOND, Noosa Gallery, Australia, 2006

RESIDENCIES

  • THE BEST MEMORY IS NOT SO FIRM AS FADED INK, Shanghai, China, 2013
  • WORKING TITLE, Aspex, Portsmouth, 2011
  • EXCHANGE-EXPERIMENTATION-COLLABORATION, Chinese Arts Centre, 2011
  • BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool, 2008

COMMISSIONS

  • BETWEEN, artwork commissioned by Art and Sacred Places, 2013
  • SEQUEL, artwork for The First Cut, commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery, 2012
  • THE BRUNTWOOD AWARD FOR PLAYWRITING 2011, award design, 2011
  • DOWN, collaboration with Ailis ni Riain, commissioned by METAL, Liverpool, 2010
  • WHERE FOR ART THOU, exhibition design, Stockport Gallery, 2010
  • WE NEEDED COFFEE BUT, Cover design, Carcanet Press, 2008

PUBLICATIONS

  • Between (Art and Sacred Places, Southampton, 2013)
  • Means of Feedback (Mark Devereux Projects, Manchester, 2013)
  • 500 Paper Objects, selected by Gene McHugh, Whitney Museum of Art (Barnes & Noble, 2013)
  • Collaborator Magazine, “Year of the Snake” Issue 5, Mar 2013
  • Collaborator Magazine, “And, In Addition To, Plus, Along With, Also, As Well As, Including” Issue 3, Jan 2013
  • The First Cut: Paper at the Cutting Edge (Manchester Art Gallery, 2012)
  • Intertext (Untitled Gallery, Manchester, 2012)
  • Book Art: Iconic Sculptures & Installations Made from Books, Christine Antaya (Gestalten, 2011)
  • Artist’s Newsletter, “A Good Blog”, Issue 70, December 2011
  • ReSite: Manual of Scores, Manifestos & Radical Actions Vol. 2 No. 1 (Field Study: Australia, 2010)
  • Playing with Books, Jason Thompson (Rockport, USA, 2010)
  • Artists Book Yearbook 2009-2011 (Bristol: Impact Press)
  • Bookcraft, Heather Weston (Quarto, 2008)
  • Artists Book Yearbook 2007-2009 (Bristol: Impact Press)
  • Static, Issue 5 (online journal, London Consortium, 2007)
  • Artists Book Yearbook 2005-2007 (Bristol: Impact Press)
  • Artist’s Newsletter, “Red Tape Review”, July 2007

COLLECTIONS

  • John Rylands Library, Manchester, 2012
  • British Library, 2012
  • The Tate, Artist’s Book Archive, 2008    
  • Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 2007
  • Hot Iron Press, New Orleans, USA, 2007
  • Bluecoat School, Oldham, England, 2007
  • Private collections

EDUCATION

  • MA Visual Culture, Pass with Distinction, MIRIAD, Manchester, 2005
  • BA (Hons) Interactive Arts    First Class, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2000