Approved: 23.01.2016

Nicola Smith

Artist, Event organiser, Gallery educator, Researcher

Approved: 23.01.2016

Artist Statement

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Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My practice responds to the context of my surroundings using different mediums such as live art, installation and video. I perform in public and private spaces performing as the ‘host’ by presenting, interventions, workshops and talks in an engaging way using live art techniques.


In 2010 I completed a Masters in Fine Art at Liverpool JMU. I was Co-Director and curator of PAPER gallery between 2012-2013. Co-curated the Pool Arts exhibition, Furiously Mad 300 Years Of Legal Insanity at Peoples History Museum in Manchester, 2014. As Co-Curator I led curatorial & performance workshops, artist talks, event planning to develop the overall structure of the exhibition and managed the artists involved. After this ambitious collaborative project with Pool Arts and my recent artist residency in Finland I am now working on developing an artist residency for artist's who feel unable to participate withing exising programmes. From this research period new performances and installation work are progressing such as Drop Pick Up, intervention, a collection of instagram domestic images of my everyday life as a mum and found object based sculptures. 

CV & Education


2008–2010 Liverpool John Moores University, Masters in Fine Art. Grade: Pass

2004–2007 University of Sunderland, BA Fine Art. Grade: First Class Honours Degree

2003–2004 The Peoples College, Nottingham, Access to Art + Design. Grade: Pass

1997–1999 West Thames College, London, HND Graphic Design. Grade: Distinction



Thank you Thank you, Penny Arcade Dinner + Open Mic, HOME, Manchester, 2015.

Drop Pick Up, Emergency, Z-arts. Open House, Federation House, Manchester, 2015.

There's only one Penny Arcade, Dreaming of New York,Work in progress, installation, Federation House, Manchester, 2015.

What is Left? In from the steppe, Ny Space, Manchester, 2014.

Official Researcher, OFF, Tampere, Finland, 2014.

Before Performance, Sketchbook of Concepts, ]Performance Space[, London, 2013. 

Balloon Girl, Sluice Art Fair, London. CFCCA re-launch, Chinese Arts Centre. Versus, Rogue Project Space, Manchester, 2013.?

Miss Eventé, Tour Guide for Northern Art Carbooty, Manchester, 2013. Performing Paper #7, Curator & Performer, PAPER, Manchester, 2013. 

Black & Gold, Don’t Feed The Artist, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, 2013. 

Human Desktop, Emergency, Blank Media Space, Manchester, 2012. 

The Eventé, Preston Maps Festival, 2012. Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, 2012. Night of the Arts, Helsinki, 2011. Liverpool Biennial MA Show, 2010.?

Cut & Paper Video, Multiple Occupancy, Hatch Space, London, 2012.?

Follow the Bear, Print, PAPER opening. Manchester Contemporary Art Fair, PAPER stand, 2012.?Mobile Billboards, Hazard. Mirabel Open Studio, Manchester, 2012.?

Departures 1, 2, 3, Poolside Emergency, Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2011. Chongqing Symposium, Chinese Arts Centre, 2011. Interim MA show, Liverpool JMU, 2010. 

Emergency Balloon Drop, Emergency, Greenroom, Manchester, 2010.?

My Tunes, Bristol Live Art Open, Arnolfini, 2010.?

Ghosts move about me, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, 2010.?Image Making Happening with David Lakein, Static Gallery, Liverpool, 2009. 

New Arrivals, 501 Artspace Residency, Chongqing, China, 2009.?Cut & Paper Video, Video in the Hub, Bluecoat, Liverpool, 2009.?

Performance by Design, Turn, Greenroom, Manchester, 2009.?

Open Mic, Pool Arts Open Studio, Hope Mill, Manchester, 2009.


Artist Residencies:

Takahuhti Research Residency, Malnitrana Art Centre, Tampere, Finland, 2014.

AA2A Artist in Resident at the University of Salford, 2012 – 2013. 

Unknown Road Residency, Northern Korelia, Finland, 2011. 

Chinese Arts Centre, Breathe Residency, Manchester, 2010.?

501 Artspace, Chongqing, China, 2009.

Wooloo, Sandwich Box Project, Berlin, Germany, 2008. 

Rednile Studios, Sunniside, Sunderland, 2007.


Arts Education:

Art in the Park, Over 60’s art group, Artist Talk, 2015.

Takahuhti Research Residency, Artist Talk, Tampere, Finland, 2014.

Furiously Mad, Curatorial & Performance workshops, Artist Talk, Pool Arts, The Peoples History Museum, Manchester, 2013-2014.?

Guest Lecturer, Artist Talk, University of Salford, 2013.?Guest Lecturer, Artist Talk, Staffordshire University, 2013.

Guest Lecturer, Artist Talk, Oldham College, 2013.?

Performance workshop, Artist Talk, Glam, Future Tate Art Club, Liverpool, 2013. 

Museum of Curious Creatures, Start Programme, Piper Hill School (SEN), 2012. Superhuman, Start Programme, Piper Hill School (SEN), 2012.

?Christmas Market workshops, St.Patricks Secondary School, Manchester, 2011.?

501 Residency, Artist Talk, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, 2010.?

You Are Here, Performance Lecture, Liverpool JMU, 2010.?

A Creative Approach to the Integrated Curriculum, Creative Partnerships, Cravenwood Primary School, Manchester, 2009.?

Wordplay Project, Creative Partnerships, Carsic Primary School, Nottingham, 2008. 

Aim Higher, Student Associate Scheme, Castle View Secondary School,?Sunderland, 2007.