Approved: 17.11.2008

Nicolas William Hughes

Artist, Arts development worker, Gallery educator, Researcher, Technician

Approved: 17.11.2008

. My practice explores the understanding of nature, and the connection between humans and nonhuman entities. I have in recent years devoted my practice to specific fields that if looked upon as a collective overview, could label me as an environmentalist. With my works I aim to explore underlying concerns that challenge our understanding of our place in the ‘natural world’.  I have

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  • Location: Østfold, Norway, Europe
  • Artforms: Film & video, Photography
  • Tags: digital, digital photography, documentation, performance
 

Artist Statement

. My practice explores the understanding of nature, and the connection between humans and nonhuman entities. I have in recent years devoted my practice to specific fields that if looked upon as a collective overview, could label me as an environmentalist. With my works I aim to explore underlying concerns that challenge our understanding of our place in the ‘natural world’.  I have become increasingly concerned with the changes of our planet due to a socio-political, economic and specifically anthropocentric standpoint. Recent inspiration on my practice has come from the theoretical contemporary redefining of such terms as Nature, Landscape, Environmentalism and Ecology. I have decided in recent years to engage my professional career towards developing works which form questions of social norms, common knowledge and unknowns with a focus on our connection/disconnection to, or our being a part of a much larger ecosystem.  I seek out connections or parallels between human society and non-human species and create art works that highlight these links, differences, or separations. My research is a tentative balance between varying disciplines, from contemporary politics, sciences, ecology, philosophy and contemporary theoretical theory. I often use humour as a tool which adds an element of openness to my work, my aim is that my art works are accessible to all, easily read but layered with underlying questions and queries. My practice to date has incorporated many mediums, my background is based in photography and video however my practice has diversified to focus on a more conceptual approach to artistic medium. As such Artworks I have created in recent times are not medium specific and instead the mediums used are dependent on the subject matter/s addressed. I have recently made works of installation, performance and works utilising new digital technologies of 3d scanning, printing and virtual reality.

CV & Education

EDUCATION

2016 -18 MFA, Art and Public Space, Kunsthøgskolen I Oslo

2009-11 MA Contemporary Dialogues, Swansea Metropolitan University

2005-08 BA(hons), Photographic Art, University of Wales, Newport

2004-05 Foundation/National Diploma Art and Design, Swansea Institute

 

CURATED EXHIBITIONS / EVENTS

 

September 2016, 4 Under 30, work of four young artists, Halden Kunstforrening, Halden, Norge

September 2015, I Want To Sing My Song, work by Kjell Cahmina, Wenda, Halden, Norway

June 2015, I Wish You Could Be Here To See Me Now, work by Inger Birgitte Richenberg, Wenda, Halden, Norway

May/June 2013, Heimer, Group Exhibition of four young female photographic artists from Norway ,The Cove, Swansea

June 2010, Journey and Memory, Exhibition/Event, Curator Group Exhibition, Three Cliffs Gallery, Swansea

December 2009, The Gower arts: Winter, Curator Group Exhibition, Three Cliffs Gallery, Swansea

September 2009, The Gower Arts: Young Contemporaries, Curator Group Exhibition, Monkey bar/gallery, Swansea

June 2009, The Gower arts: Spring festival, Curator Group Exhibition, Three Cliffs Gallery, Swansea

August 2008, The ?Paradise' Project, Curator Group Exhibition, Elysium Gallery, Swansea

FUNDING / AWARDS

August 2018, Kulturrådet, diversestipend for nyutdannede kunstnere, Norway

June 2018, FKDS (Fondet for kunst og design studenter) Stipend, Norway

March 2016, Halden Kommune Kulturmidler Grant, Norway

May 2015 Kulturrådet Prosjektstøtte visuell kunst Grant, Norway

March 2014, Halden Kommune Kulturmidler Grant, Norway

August 2013, Arts Council Wales, Small Project Grant

April 2013, Arts Council Wales, Research and Development Grant.

March 2012, Arts Council Wales, Small Project Grant

 

RESIDENCIES

April 2020 – June 2020 (dates TBC) P1 Residency with Tenthaus, Halden

April 2019 – April 2020, Self-initiated research residency, Entomology Dept, NMBU

May 2015 - Jan 2016, Curatorial Residency, Galleri Wenda, Halden

February 2014, Mini Residency, Valand Accademy, Göteborg

March 2012, Artist in Residence, Super Saurus Art space, Swansea

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2011 - 2019

June 2019, Sommer Utstilling, Østfold Kunstsenter, Fredrikstad

May 2019, I Don’t Want to Be an Ant, Video screening, SALT, Oslo

May/June 2018, Traust, KHiO, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo

February 2018, Can’t See the Woods for the Trees, Galleri Seilduken, Oslo

March 2017, Moan, group exhibition, KHiO, Oslo

March 2017, Hvem er redd for denne stor stygge, Video Screening, Kunstnerens Hus, Oslo

June 2014, Catherine’s tømmer Halden’s hjerte, Performance and public arts display, Tista river, Halden

May 2014, A Landscape of My Own Never Did Exist, Solo Exhibition, Galleri Wenda, Halden

February 2014, Bild Bild, group exhibition, Rotor och Rotor2, Valand Accademy, Göteborg

September 2013, The Crossing Place of Road & River, Oriel Davies Gallery, Powys, Wales

January 2013, A Beautiful World, The Photographic Angle, London and various locations across UK (Touring Exhibition)

November 2012, 100 years of photography at Newport, Group Show, Newport, Wales

September 2012, World Event Young Artists, Group Show/Arts Festival, Nottingham

July 2012, Being2, Group Exhibition, Queens Arcade, Cardiff

March 2012, The Script of the Stone and the Tongue of the Wave, Super Saurus Art space, Swansea,

September 2011, Tweeter, Solo Exhibition, The ... Space, Mission Gallery, Swansea

May 2011, Masters Exhibition, MA contemporary Dialogues, Swansea Metropolitan University, Swansea

May 2011, Direct Action, Group Show, on•for•at video, institut fu¨r alles mögliche, Berlin

April 2011, The Birds in my Garden, Solo Exhibition, Old Motorcycle showroom, Bristol