Approved: 11.10.2006

Nicola Naismith

Artist, Curator, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic

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Approved: 11.10.2006

Using a combination of digital and analogue processes, I explore the ordinary qualities of everyday items including a white shirt, the sewing needle and obsolete technology. Simple objects are subject to complex questions concerning production, labour, value and the changing industrial landscape both nationally and internationally. Manual and technological dexterities are explored in relation to the body, specifically hand to eye co-ordination, posture and repetition.

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Biography

Using a combination of digital and analogue processes, I explore the ordinary qualities of everyday items including a white shirt, the sewing needle and obsolete technology. Simple objects are subject to complex questions concerning production, labour, value and the changing industrial landscape both nationally and internationally. Manual and technological dexterities are explored in relation to the body, specifically hand to eye co-ordination, posture and repetition.

Cross discipline dialogue is central to my research and art making processes and I have completed residencies with engineers, architects and archivists. Exploring processes and procedures of other professions facilitates not only the development of knowledge but also new ways of thinking and considering common ground.

Working with the idea that ‘process is practice’, I work to commission, on residency and self initiated projects, using historical and contextual research. Outputs include installation, photography, video and drawing in addition to research papers, blogs and artist talks.

CV & Education

Qualifications and Training

2006 - Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching for Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

2003 - MA Textile Culture, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich

 

Residencies

2013 - Artist Response: Parliamentary Archives and Norfolk Record Office

2010 - digital making, Hethel Engineering Centre, Near Norwich 2008 - Spatial Divisions, Former Bally Factory, Norwich

2007 - Everyday Obsolescence, Space4 Artist Space, Peterborough

2006 - Sites of production, Fielder Cruse Associates - Architects and Interior Designers, Norwich

 

Artist Talks

2013 - Artist Response: Administrative Processes + Events = Documents, Parliamentaray Archives, Palace of Westminster, London & Norfolk Record Office, Norwich

2013 - Ten Year Stretch, Norwich University of the Arts

2012 - Touring Territories Project: East Anglian U.F.O archive and Liverpool an inexpert view (revised), The Royal Standard, Liverpool

2011 - Beyond the Studio: Context and Commerce Artist Talk and In Conversation with Barbara Steveni (Artist Placement Group), firstsite at Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester

2011 - Liverpool - an inexpert view, Aid and Abet, Cambridge

2011 - New Industrial Space Artist Talk and Film Screening, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

2010 - New Industial Space , Norwich 20 Group, Norwich

2010 - New Industrial Space, Eye Arts Guild, Suffolk

2008 - Candy+Code : Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, Barbara Rauch and Nicola Naismith, ICA (Textile Futures Research Group), London

2008 - Configurations: Technology and Textiles, Http Gallery, London

2004 - Challenging Craft - International Conference, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland

2004 - The Space Between - International Conference, Curtin Universty of Technology, Perth, Australia

 

Group exhibitions

2013 - Init, Departure Lounge, Luton

2011 - Creekside Open Selected by Phillida Barlow, A.P.T. Gallery, London

2011 - Space Exchange / Aid and Abet / Satellite Portflio

2011 Launch, Aid and Abet, Cambridge

2011 - Space Exchange / Aid and Abet / Touring Terratitories - Satellite, Aid and Abet, Cambridge

2010 - Alumni Exhibition, Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich

2010 - Lost and Found, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Kings Lynn

2010 - Quilts 1700 - 2010, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2009 - Blue Sky, Anglia Ruskin University Gallery, Cambridge 2008 - Eastern Open, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Kings Lynn

2008 - Kettles Yard Open, Kettles Yard, Cambridge

2008 - Multichannel, ArtSway galleries, Sway 2008 - Norfolk Photographer of the Year, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

2007 - RSVP Contemporary Artists at the Foundling, Foundling Museum, London

 

Solo exhibitions

2011 - New Industrial Space, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

2010 - The Potential Object, Hethel Engineering Centre, Hethel, Norwich

2009 - en masse, Hethel Engineering Centre, Hethel, Norwich

2005 - White Collar Worker, Inkpen Downie Achitecture and Design Gallery, Colchester

 

Curated projects

2010 - A Short Term Effect curated by Olga Jurgenson, Art Hall Poligraf, Russia

2010 - Cyberfest - A short term effect curated by Olga Jurgenson, Art hall Poligraf , Russia

2010 - Performing Presence, The National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg

2010 - Work and Play-Screening of Artist Films and Videos, Free Word Centre, London

 

Public commissions

2012 - Artist Response: Connecting Communities & Arts in Parliament, Norfolk Record Office & Parliamentary Archives, Westminster, Norwich & London

2007 - RSVP, Foundling Museum, London

 

Projects

2011 - Satellite In-Conversation Event Beyond the Studio: Context and Commerce Barbara Steveni (Artist Placement Group) and Nicola Naismith, firstsite at Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester

2009 - Satellite In-Conversation Event: Susan Collis and Richard Forster In Conversation, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

2007 - Satellite - Artist led collective - Founder Member, Eastern, Region

 

Competitions, Prizes and Awards

2010 - digital making @ Hethel Engineering Centre, Supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Hethel Engineering Centre, Norfolk County Council, Sir Phillip Reckitt Educational Trust and SCAN , Norwich

2008 - Joint Best in Show, Eastern Open, Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Kings Lynn

2006 - Selected for Escalator Visual Arts, Commissions East & Arts Council England, East, Eastern Region

2006 - Work, Working Practices, Places and Spaces, Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council England, East 2005 - Selected for Artist Mentoring Scheme, Commissions East, Cambridge

2002 - Arts and Humanities Research Board MA Studentship, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich

 

Site Specific

2009 - Spatial Divisions - Projection, Former Factory, Norwich