Approved: 16.08.2006

Nicola Donovan

Artist, Critic, Maker, Researcher, Writer

Archived
Approved: 16.08.2006

A 3D, mixed media artist, researcher, writer, critic and community practitioner with 20 years’ professional experience. A mature studio practice comprises materials and process led work that draws on themes intrinsic to taxidermy such as display, narrative, power and ecology. My making methods include textile manipulation, precious metal work, assemblage, wood turning and carving.

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Artist Statement

A 3D, mixed media artist, researcher, writer, critic and community practitioner with 20 years’ professional experience. A mature studio practice comprises materials and process led work that draws on themes intrinsic to taxidermy such as display, narrative, power and ecology. My making methods include textile manipulation, precious metal work, assemblage, wood turning and carving.

The principles of drawing are the fundament of my practice and although not a crafts practitioner I employ a range of craft methods, often learning from scratch along the way to realise my work.

An overall consistent concept of my practice is power and that it is demonstrated as authority ‘over’ in pretty much every aspect of life, even between very young children. During my PhD and Post- Doctoral research I developed an original artistic methodology that enables genuinely interactive dialogue between participants in live contexts. This aspect of my practice relies on a truly egalitarian and un-authorised approach that has collaborative making at its core, and which facilitates the creation of ephemeral oral artefacts. Both the ‘making’ and ‘dialogue’ elements are flexible, inclusive of all and through careful research as well as thorough planning, produce work of artistic merit.

After working in academia part time for 2 decades I left to focus wholly on my studio practice and my work with communities. I am currently lead artist for the charity Cowley Road Works and am privileged to be working with diverse groups such as FGM survivors and Asian women’s collectives, as well as in public contexts. I led the Processions 2018 project at Modern Art Oxford in partnership with Artichoke and have delivered other public engagement projects at MOA.

CV & Education

 2018 - Lead artist: Processions 2018, Artichoke & Modern Art Oxford, 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