Approved: 16.08.2006

Nicola Donovan

Artist, Critic, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts My work is concerned with making marks in 2 and 3 dimensions. In some pieces I create richly textured surfaces by bringing together same or similar components, for example pins or scalpel blades. Other works create dense marking in an environment through the use of multiple constructed objects, as in "Population". My practice is fuelled by interest in human behaviour: what we do,

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Community arts, Critical writing, Studio practice
  • Categories: Installation, Mixed Media, Participatory, Research
 

Biography

Concepts My work is concerned with making marks in 2 and 3 dimensions. In some pieces I create richly textured surfaces by bringing together same or similar components, for example pins or scalpel blades. Other works create dense marking in an environment through the use of multiple constructed objects, as in "Population". My practice is fuelled by interest in human behaviour: what we do, how we do it, why we do it. I 'm particularly interested in how social position is communicated and used. Influences Dress and communication, history, textile history, military history, gothic novels, etymology, the meaning of things. Career path I hold a BA in Fine Art (printmaking) and MA in Fine Art from Falmouth College of Arts, my career prior to being an artist was in the fashion industry. During the MA I returned to, and built upon the skills I had accumulated during my previous career, developing them as an integral part of my practice as a fine artist. I have curated group shows, written for a variety of arts publications and lectured in a number of art and design subjects.

CV & Education

 2012-13 Laceworks: Contemporary Art & Nottingham Lace., Nottingham Castle Museum and Galleries co curator and exhibitor. 2008 - Cryptocephalus, Whitewall, Milton Keynes 2005 - Les Liasons Dangereux, Falmouth Arts Centre, Falmouth, Cornwall 2001 - Nicola Donovan - Recent Work, Beau Monde, Soho, London 1998 - Nicola Donovan - Recent Work, Beau Monde, Soho, London Group exhibitions 2008 - traditional skills new thinking, bury st edmunds art gallery, suffolk 2007 - open sculpture, royal west of england academy, bristol 2007 - traditional skills new thinking, bury st. edmunds art gallery, suffolk 2006 - WigWamBam, Plan9 The Red Lodge, Bristol 2005 - 'Crossing Time International Festival', Dartington College of Arts, Totnes 2005 - 'Drawing", The Newlyn Orion Gallery, Penzance 2005 - Son et Lumiere, Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth, Cornwall 2004 - "Crossing Time" performance festival, The If Gallery, Poznan, Poland 2003 - "Art Surgery", The Newlyn Orion Gallery, Penzance 2003 - "Breaking Silence", The If Gallery, Poznan, Poland 2003 - "Critics Choice" selected by Joan Bakewell, The Newlyn Orion Gallery, Penzance 2003 - Co curator/exhibitor "History Revision", Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth 2003 - Mutiny at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London 2002 - "Critics Choice" selected by Mel Gooding, The Newlyn Orion Gallery, Penzance 2002 - "Free Market' Jmp Ship Rat, The LIverpool Biennal, Liverpool 2002 - "Shoe" Touring Exhibiton, City Gallery and nationwide, Leicester 2001 - 2001: Space Doubt, curator, StudioThirtyNine, Plymouth, Devon 2001 - YOTA AdDressing Baby, The Royal Pump Rooms Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa 2000 - Go Girl, Show Girt, Gallery Fresh, London 2000 - Hydra Live Art, The Music Hall, Huxton, London 2000 - Potato, Chutes, APT Gallery, Deptford, London 1999 - 21 Spacex, Spacex Gallery, Exeter 1995 - Vivid Visions, The Tate Gallery, St Ives 1994 - Fresh Art, The Business Design Centre, London Public commissions 2005 - Essay contribution for catalogue - "Revealed", Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham 2004 - 'Constraint', The Wolsey Gallery, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich 2002 - Co curator/exhibitor "Stitched Up - The Politics of Fashion", The Pump Rooms Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Leamington Spa Projects 2002 - Constraint Research and exhibition project, Wolsey Gallery, Ipswich Competitions, prizes and awards 2002 - Individual Artists award, South West Arts, Exeter