Approved: 08.10.2014

nikkita morgan

Artist, Community worker, Curator, Researcher, Teacher

Approved: 08.10.2014
 
 
 

News

     

    Merchandise

       

      Artist Statement

      Statement of Practice

      Nikkita Morgan is an Irish mixed media textile artist based in Edinburgh, who has been working as a freelancer since 2015. She predominantly works in her studio using a diverse range of art, design & craft methods: primarily creating artwork for exhibitions nationally. Alongside her creative practice, she teaches textile & embroidery workshops for school, college and university students, vulnerable adults, community and non-English speaking groups nationally.

       

      Her current studio project focuses on Brexit and questions 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 peacebuilding, but it might bring the violence back. These are some of the key questions that continue to inspire and depict her visual response to this subject matter. 

       

      For her practice, she uses a range of textile and non-textile materials, processes and techniques that are selected by relevance, through their relationship to her subject matter, their meaning and how it will be symbolic to the message she wants to portray within her 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 her work: analysing and combining historic techniques with contemporary design ideas to create unique textile artworks. She uses needlework to capture intricate stories: emblematically unravelling and re-working aspects of religious, political and cultural issues.

      CV & Education

      Education

      Masters 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

      Highly Commended for series of works | Annual Awards for Art About Big Global Issues or Concerns 2019 | Redline Artworks | Attained in 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020

      VACMA | Edinburgh Craft Makers Award | Edinburgh City Council & Creative Scotland | 2020

      Support for the individual artist programme | Arts Council of NI | 2019

      Norfolk Arts Project Fund | Norfolk County Council | 2019

      a-n Artist Bursary recipient | supporting self-determined professional development grant | The Artists Information Company | 2019

      Artist of the month | Axisweb | July 2018

      Travel Award | Arts Council of NI | 2017

      NI Young Artist of the Year Runner-up | Mid And East Antrim Council | 2016

      Norfolk Arts Project Fund | Norfolk County Council | 2015

      Ideastap Wrap-Up Fund Brief | 2015

      Split Infinitive Trust Grant | 2015

      The Eaton Fund Grant | 2014

      Arts and Humanities Research Council Award (AHRC) | 2013

      Shortlisted for the Textile Study Group Graduate of the Year Award | New Designers | London 2013

      Textile Student of the Year Award | University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Coleg Sir Gar | 2013

       

      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]

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

      Artist-in-Residence: George Watson College, Edinburgh [Aug 2016 - Aug 2017]

      Gallery Artist-in-Residence: St.Margaret’s House Gallery 1, Edinburgh [Aug 2016]

      Textile Artist-in-Residence: Edinburgh College of Art: Edinburgh [Sep 2015 - Aug 2016]

       

      Selected Exhibitions

      Upcoming

      Between Lands (part 2): Bloc Gallery: Edinburgh [September 2020]

      Current 

      RedLine Artworks, Digital Exhibition: Available at: http://www.redlineartworks.org/gallery_532987.html [2016-2017-2018]

      Past 2019

      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 Gallery: Edinburgh

      1 FT SQ Art Exhibition: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh & Blaney Yoga Centre, Fermanagh 

      Past 2018

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

      Henry's Odyssey Fundraising Exhibition: Mandell's Gallery, Norwich

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

      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: St. Margaret's House Gallery 2, Edinburgh [Gallery In-Kind Support] (Solo)

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

      Guest Studio Residency Exhibition: Art Cube Artist's Studio's, Jerusalem (Solo)

      Past 2016

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

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

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

      A-I-R 15/16 Exhibition: Tent Gallery & St. Margaret's House Gallery 1, 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

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

      Platform Open Annual Art Exhibition: Morphets of Harrogate, Yorkshire

      One Year On: Stew Gallery, Norwich. Supported by Norfolk County Council

      Summer Salon 2015: Islington Art Factory, London

      Rising Stars 2015 exhibition: New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

      2014

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

      2013

      New Designers: Islington, London

       

      Artist Commissions

      Voices for Equity | Facilitate a community arts project to raise awareness of stigma and inequalities that impacts people living in Shetland | outcome will be a large-scaled embroidered tapestry that will tour to different locations throughout the Shetland Islands | Shetland Islands Council on behalf of the Shetland Partnership | 2019 - 2020

      Embroidered Sampler Wall-hanging (A learning aid tool) | Art Department | George Watsons College | Edinburgh | 2017

      Design & construct campaign banner for Educational Institute of Scotland | commissioned by the Joint Union Liaison Committee at Edinburgh University | 2016

      Environmental 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 | 2015

      Mural art commissions | Spurs Restaurant | Newry & Belfast | 2007-08

       

      Teaching Experience (Workshops\Projects/Artist Talks)

      Research Assistant | The Needlework Development Scheme (NDS) | Touches Stitches Heritage Project | University of Edinburgh | Roles include: taught stitch workshops with prisoners at HM Prison Edinburgh & Corntan Vale, digitally archiving the NDS collection, 3D scanning of collection and assisting with exhibition set up and event preparation | taught embroidery workshops as part of the Touching Stitches exhibition with students at the University of Edinburgh and the general public | Jun 2017 – Current

      Guest Lecturer Tour | Artist Talks & Embroidery Workshops for disadvantaged students at various schools and colleges around Norfolk | helping to promote University education within the Creative Arts, this includes | 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, Wayland Academy | Organisation: Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) | Norfolk | January 2018 – October 2019

      Artist Workshops | Taught textile & embroidery workshops to primary, secondary school, college students and community groups as part of my artist-in-residence programme | Artsland | County Fermanagh | Dec 2018, May & Sep 2019

      Workshop Assistant | 100 Years Women’s Vote Banner making workshops | Taught embroidery skills to female’s at Cornton Vale Prison and student and staff members at the University of Edinburgh | Processions | Artichoke | February – June 2018

      Workshop Teacher | Taught a series of textile & embroidery workshops for children aged 7-12 online via Art+798’s online software | My workshops were intended to teach children about colour palettes, materials and processes including: learning basic hand embroidery skills and combining different materials & mediums for final product outcomes. | Art+798 International Art Education Center | China | 2015 – 2017

      Artist-in-Residence | As part of my residency, I helped assist teach the children from primary 4 up to S6, working closely with the staff members to help organise, set up and prepare art & design workshops and lessons. My role also included planning and running a series of textile and embroidery workshops with Primary 4 up to S5. Some of the technical areas I helped with include: Photoshop/Illustrator, Textiles/Fashion, Graphics and Embroidery | George Watson College | Edinburgh | Aug 2016 – Aug 2017

      Textile Art Community Project Taught embroidery workshops to groups of non-English speaking children (7-11 year olds), teenagers and women | Project supported by The Arts Council NI Travel Award Scheme | Oct – Nov 2017

      Artist Talk ‘Conflicting Textiles’ [part of my Guest Studio Residency Programme] | Art Cube Artist’s Studio’s | Jerusalem | Feb 2017

      Textile Artist-in-Residency | As part of my residency I worked closely with the staff members on various textile projects both internal and external of the university. I also assisted in the laser cutter department, helping to guide students on digital preparation work and using the laser cutters | Edinburgh College of Art | Sep 2015- Aug 2016

      Artist Talk | Materials, Meaning & Messages Exhibition | R-Space | Lisburn | 2016

      Artist Talk| Glasgow Artist Guild | Saramago Café | Glasgow | 2016

      Artist workshop and volunteer for the Arts Recovery Program | working with vulnerable adults | Norfolk | Certificates in Challenging behaviour and Safeguarding of vulnerable adults | 2015

      Artist Talk’s | Meet Your Maker | Maklab | Glasgow / Artist Presentation | Edinburgh College of Art / Guest lecturer | Paston Sixth Form College | 2015

       

      Other Professional Artistic Experience

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

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

      Waveney & Blyth Arts exhibition planning & management course | Symposium team, helped curate and organise the art sculpture trail | Bungay | 2015

      Dialogues 2014 | Space, Place and Negotiated Territories | Symposium Team, part of the selection panel who co-ordinated, curated and organised this exhibition & conference | Norwich University of the Arts | 2014

       

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

       

      Professional Memberships 

      The Society for Embroidered Work [S.E.W]