Approved: 08.10.2014

nikkita morgan

Artist, Community worker, Curator, Researcher, Teacher

Approved: 08.10.2014
 
 
 

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      Artist Statement

      Statement of Practice

      I am a mixed media Irish textile artist currently residing in Edinburgh. My practice delves into religious, political and cultural issues; this is a continuation of my previous BA and MA degree research into these areas.

      My current studio project focuses on Brexit and the impacts it will have on Ireland and the UK. As an Irish citizen from the North, Brexit is a major concern, as this may lead to the re-introduction of a hard border between the North and south, which will not only damage the economy and all the peace-building, but it might bring the violence back. These are some of the key questions that continue to inspire and depict my visual response to my subject matter. 

      For my practice I use a range of textile and non-textile materials, processes and techniques that are selected by relevance, through their relationship to my subject matter, their meaning and how it will be symbolic to the message I want to portray within my work. Materials include: fabric, paper, digital projections, hand & machine embroidery, drawing, laser cutting, screen/mono-printing and fabric & digital manipulation: juxtaposing traditional craft with technology, and consequently introducing new ways of thinking about materials and textiles.

      Colour, stitch, texture, research, imagery and text are key elements used within the designing and making of my work: analysing and combining historic techniques with contemporary design ideas to create unique textile artworks. I use needlework to capture intricate stories: emblematically unravelling and re-working aspects of religious, political and cultural issues.

      I make my artwork for the public, enabling audiences to grasp my version of politics through the medium of textiles.

       

      CV & Education

       

      Education

      MA Degree in Textile Design: Norwich University of the Arts (2013-14)

      BA (Hons) Degree in Textile, Art, Design, Craft: University of Wales; Trinity Saint David : Coleg Sir Gar (2010-13)

      Foundation diploma in Art & Design: Southern Regional Collage (2009-10)

       

      Grants/Awards

      2019 

      Support for the individual artist programme | Arts Council of NI 

      Norfolk Arts Project Fund | Norfolk County Council  

      a-n Artist Bursary recipient | supporting self-determined professional development grant | The Artists Information Company

      Highly Commended for series of works | Annual Awards for Art About Big Global Issues or Concerns 2019 | Redline Artworks. [Also attained in 2017 & 2018)

      2018 

      Artist of the month | Axisweb | Available at: https://www.axisweb.org/artist-of-the-month/2018/nikkita-morgan/

      2017 

      Travel Award [Textile Art & Photographic Research Project] | Arts Council of NI

      2016 

      NI Young Artist of the Year Runner-up | Mid And East Antrim Council

      2015

      Norfolk Arts Project Fund | Norfolk County Council 

      Ideastap Wrap-Up Fund Brief 

      Split Infinitive Trust Grant

      2014 

      The Eaton Fund Grant

      2013 

      Arts and Humanities Research Council Award (AHRC)

      Shortlisted for the Textile Study Group Graduate of the Year Award | New Designers | London.

      Textile Student of the Year Award University of Wales Trinity Saint David:Coleg Sir Gar

       

      Residencies

      International Artist Residency: Collaborative project supported by the Arts Council NI [Upcoming 2020]

      International Artists in Residence Programme: Artsland, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council [December 2018, May & September 2019]

      (Part of my artist-in-residence programme involves teaching embroidery workshops to primary/secondary school, college students and community groups). 

       Guest Studio Residency Program: The Art Cube Artists’ Studio’s, Jerusalem [Feb 2017]

      Artist-in-Residence: George Watson College, Edinburgh [Aug 2016-Aug17]

      (As part of my residency, I helped assist teach the children from primary 4 up to S5, working closely with the staff members to help organise and set up series of workshops/lessons).

      Gallery Artist-in-Residence (part of A-I-R 15/16 group exhibition): St.Margaret’s House Gallery 1, Edinburgh [Aug 2016]

      Textile Artist-in-Residence: Edinburgh College of Art: Edinburgh [Sep2015-Aug16]

      (My roles at ECA included: help assist teach the students in the textile and laser cutter department and to give one-to-one tutorials when needed. I also worked closely with the staff members on various textile projects both in and outside of the university). 

       

      Exhibition record

      Current:

      Macmillan Art Show 2019: Art for a great cause, Apex Hotel, Edinburgh

      RedLine Artworks, Digital Exhibition: http://www.redlineartworks.org/gallery_532987.html (2016-17-18-19)

      Past 2019:

      Out of Sight, Out of Mind exhibition: Summerhall, Edinburgh

      Divergent: Anteros Gallery: Norwich (supported by Norfolk County Council)

      Open Studio: End of Artist-in-Residence programme: Aughakillymaude Mummers Centre 

      Anna Cheyne Biennial Award 2019 Exhibition: Island Arts Centre: Lisburn

      Between Lands: Whitespace: Edinburgh

      Utopias: Upper Church, Summerhall: Edinburgh 

      1 FT SQ Art Exhibition: Blaney Yoga Centre, Fermanagh 

      1 FT SQ Art Exhibition: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh 

      Past 2018:

      Out of Sight, Out of Mind exhibition: Summerhall, Edinburgh

      Brexit Means… Solo (Interactive) Exhibition: Roots Gallery, Edinburgh

      Henry’s Odyssey Fundraising Exhibition, Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich

      Macmillan Art Show 2018: Bonhams, Fringe Venue 216, Edinburgh

      The Locale Group Exhibition: Glad Cafe, Glasgow

      The Locale Group Exhibition: Cass Art, Glasgow,

      Past 2017:

      Embroidered Stories: Edinburgh College of Art: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

      Locality Group Exhibition: DOK Artist Space, Edinburgh

      Éire Intransition : Solo Exhibition: St. Margaret’s House, Gallery 2, Edinburgh

      A-I-R Exhibition: George Watson College, Edinburgh

      Guest Studio Residency, Solo Exhibition: Art Cube Artist’s Studio’s, Jerusalem

      Past 2016:

      Materials, Meaning & Messages: R-Space Gallery, Lisburn, Co.Down

      The SSA 119th annual exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

      The Locale Group Exhibition: The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow

      NSK Folk Art Rising 1916-2016: Burren College of Art, Co,Clare

      Stitchery; the myriad possibilities of needle & thread: Top Floor Art Gallery, Co, Down

      A-I-R 15/16 Exhibition: St. Margaret’s House Gallery 1, Edinburgh

      A-I-R 15/16 Exhibition: Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

      Art of Craft Exhibition: Market Place Gallery, Armagh

      NI Young Artist of the Year Finalists Exhibition: The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena

      Cause and Effect: Pentland Fine Art Gallery, Aberdeen

      2015:

      NN Open Exhibition: NN Contmeporary Art Gallery, Northampton

      The Gallery Listoke, Winter Exhibition: Drogheda, Ireland

      100 under 100, 3rd on 3rd Gallery: Jamestown, New York

      Window of Eden: St.Monica’s, Dublin

      Artists@WAR digital exhibition: http://www.galleryELL.com

      Platform Open Annual Art Exhibition: Morphets of Harrogate, Yorkshire

      The Locale Group Exhibition: McCune Smith Café, Glasgow

      Convergence 15: Stew Gallery, Norwich. Supported by Norfolk County Council

      River Waveney Sculpture Trail: River Waveney Study Centre, Bungay

      Electric Open 2015 Art Exhibition: Electric Picture House, Cheshire

      One year on: Stew Gallery, Norwich. Supported by Norfolk County Council

      The North and Beyond: Grassington Festival, Yorkshire

      Summer Salon 2015: Islington Art Factory, London

      Open Weekend: Dove street studios, Norwich

      UNA gallery May exhibition: Fabric warehouse, Norwich

      Rising Stars 2015 exhibition: New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

      UNA gallery February exhibition: Fabric Warehouse, Norwich

      2014:

      MA Degree Show: Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich

      Place, Space & Negotiated Territories Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich

      2013:

      New Designers: Islington, London

      BA Degree Show: Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen, Wales

       

      Collections

      2017 – Embroidered Sampler Wall-hanging: Art Department: George Watsons College: Edinburgh

       

      Professional experience

      2019:   

      Research Assistant: The Needlework Development Scheme (NDS): University of                    Edinburgh: Roles include: taught stitch workshops with prisoners at HM Prison                         Edinburgh; archiving NDS collection, assisting with exhibition set up and event                   preparation. [Jun 2017 – Current]

      Undertook a 3 day Metal Thread Work ‘Queen’s Silk embroidery course: Royal School of Needlework: Glasgow. [June 2019]

      Lead Artist: Co-coordinating, organising & curating group exhibitions in Edinburgh &  Norwich [Between Lands | Divergent | A-I-R 15/16 | One Year On]. Role included attaining sponsorship and/or funding to support the exhibition. [2015 – Current]

      Guest Lecturer Tour: Touring around Norfolk to give artist talks & teach textile workshops to deprived school and college students, helping to promote University education within the Creative Arts: Norwich University of the Arts, City College Norwich, East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Sprowston Community Academy, City of Norwich School, The Thetford Academy, IES Breckland, Ormiston Victory Academy, Broadland High School, Hewett Academy Springwood High School, City Academy, Paston Sixth Form College, Ormiston Victory Academy, Wayland Academy, Organisation: Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach: Norfolk. [January 2018 – Ongoing]

      Artist Workshops: Part of my artist-in-residence programme, giving artist talks and teaching textile & embroidery workshops to primary, secondary school, college students and community groups (Artsland). [Dec 2018, May & Sep 2019]

      2018:

      Workshop Assistant: 100 Years Women’s Vote Banner making workshops, teaching embroidery skills to female’s at Contanvale Prison and student and staff members at the University of Edinburgh: Processions: Artichoke. [February – June]

      Online Teacher: Planning, organising and teaching mixed-media textile workshops for Chinese children aged 7 - 12: Art+International Art Education Center: China [2015 – May]

       2017:

      Research Assistant: The Needlework Development Scheme (NDS): University of Edinburgh - Roles include: stitch workshops with female prisoners at HM Prison Edinburgh and students at Forrester High School; archiving NDS collection, recording and photographing workshops, writing up stitch sessions, assisting with exhibition set up and event preparation. [Jun – Dec 2017]

      Textile Art Community Project (voluntary) Taught groups of non-English speaking children (7-11 year olds), teenagers and women how to express their personal stories through embroidery. Supported by the Arts Council NI Travel Award Scheme. [Oct 2017]

      Artist Commission: George Watson’s College. Design & construct an Embroidered Sampler Wall hanging to be used as a learning aid for primary and secondary school pupils.

      Artist Talk ‘Conflicting Textiles’: Art Cube Artist’s Studio’s, Jerusalem

      2016:

      Artist Talk: Materials, Meaning & Messages Exhibition: R-Space Gallery, Lisburn, Co.Down

      A-I-R 15/16: Lead artist in co-ordinating, organising & curating A-I-R 15/16 group exhibition

      Artist Commission: design & construct campaign banner for Educational Institute of Scotland, commissioned by the Joint Union Liaison Committee at Edinburgh University

      Artist Talk: Glasgow Artist Guild, Saramago Café: Glasgow

      2015:

      Artist Talk: Meet Your Maker, Maklab: Glasgow

      Artist Presentation, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

      Guest lecturer, Paston Sixth Form College, Norfolk

      Gallery Invigilator, Gallery 133: Yarmouth

      One Year On: Symposium Team: part of the selection panel in co-ordinating and organising the exhibition, Norwich.

      Artist workshop and volunteer for the Arts Recovery Program, working with vulnerable adults, Thetford. Certificates in: Challenging behaviourand Safeguarding of vulnerable adults.

      Waveney & Blyth Arts exhibition planning & management course. Symposium team: helped curate and organise the art sculpture trail: Bungay.

      Environment Project Commission: collaborative project working with local artists and scientists from the University of East Angelina to design & construct a 3D info graphic sculpture that represented the storm surge damage surrounding the Norfolk coast: Norwich.

      2014:

      Dialogues 2014: Space, Place and Negotiated Territories, Symposium Team: part of the selection panel and helped to organise the conference: Norwich University of the Arts.

      Wall mural commission: Spurs Restaurant: Newry & Belfast (2007-08)

       

      Selected Publications

      Artist Interview | Floatshowcase | Available at: https://floatshowcase.org/nikkita-morgan | Oct 2019

      Art & Politics | Featured exhibition series | Available at: http://www.redlineartworks.org/section652294_361328.html | 2018

      Art & Politics | Artist Feature | Available at: https://www.redlineartworks.org/section652294_361328.html | 2017

      Artist Interview | Art Reveal Magazine | 22nd Issue | (page 76-81) | Available at: http://www.artrevealmagazine.com/22nd-issue/ | 2016

      An Interview with Nikkita Morgan | Art Habens Art Review 5th Edition | page 92-113 | Available at: http://issuu.com/arthabens/docs/art_habens_art_review_specialed.201 | 2015