Approved: 08.10.2014

nikkita morgan

Artist, Community worker, Maker, Researcher, Teacher

Approved: 08.10.2014

Nikkita Morgan is an Irish mixed media textile artist based in Edinburgh. She predominantly works in her studio using a diverse range of art, design & craft methods: primarily creating artwork that responds to historic and contemporary political, cultural and environmental issues. Alongside her creative practice, she teaches textile & embroidery workshops for school, college and university students, and community groups nationally.

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      Artist Statement

      Nikkita Morgan is an Irish mixed media textile artist based in Edinburgh. She predominantly works in her studio using a diverse range of art, design & craft methods: primarily creating artwork that responds to historic and contemporary political, cultural and environmental issues. Alongside her creative practice, she teaches textile & embroidery workshops for school, college and university students, and community groups nationally.

       

      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.

       

      Her current studio work focuses on the incompetent Tory government and the unpredictability’s and uncertainties of Brexit. 

      CV & Education

      Education

      2013-14 | Masters Degree in Textile Design | Norwich University of the Arts | Norwich     

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

      2009-10 | Foundation diploma in Art & Design | Southern Regional Collage | Newry

       

      Grants/Awards

      2020 | a-n Artist Bursary recipient | Time Space Money | The Artists Information Company

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

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

      2019 | Support for the individual artist programme | Arts Council of NI | (recalled – unable to undertake my collaborative international residency before March 2021 due to Covid restrictions)

      2019 | Norfolk Arts Project Fund | Norfolk County Council

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

      2018 | Artist of the month | Axisweb

      2017 | Travel Award | Arts Council of NI

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

      2015 | Grants | Norfolk Arts Project Fund – Norfolk County Council | Ideastap Wrap-Up Fund Brief | Split Infinitive Trust

      2014 | The Eaton Fund

      2013 | 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

       

      Residencies

      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]

      My previous residencies have involved giving artist talks, assisted teaching roles within educational settings and teaching a range of embroidery/textile workshops to primary/secondary school, college students, vulnerable adults and community groups.

      Selected Exhibitions

      Current 

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

      Past 2021

      Winter Open Exhibition 2021: The Art Cohort: Bath

      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

      Past 2017

      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

       

      Professional Experience (Workshops\Projects\Commissions)

      Research Assistant | The Needlework Development Scheme (NDS) | Touches Stitches Heritage Project | University of Edinburgh | Jun 2017 – Current

      Lead Artist | The production of a community, collaborative textile artwork for Inverkeithing's historic town house | Fife Historic Buildings Trust on behalf of Fife Council | 2021 - 2022

      Visiting Lecturer | Creative Journey Presentation | Textiles Department | Edinburgh College of Art | Jan 2022

      Lead Artist | Co-coordinating, organising & curating group exhibitions in Edinburgh & Norwich | Between Lands | Divergent | A-I-R 15/16 | One Year On] | 2015 – 2020

      Artist Talk | Global Arts in the Emergency | Redline Artworks | online | July 2020

      Online Artist Workshop | Repeat pattern design workshop for school students | Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) | Norfolk | May 2020 

      Visiting Lecturer | Embroidery Elective | Political and sociality issues through stitch workshops | Edinburgh College of Art | Feb – Mar 2020

      Artist Commission | Voices for Equity | Shetland Islands Council on behalf of the Shetland Partnership | 2019 - 2020

      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 | Organisation: Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) | Norfolk | January 2018 – October 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 | Art+798 International Art Education Center | China | 2015 – 2018

      Textile Art Community Project | Bethlehem | I ran a 2-week textile project, teaching a selection of embroidery skills to groups of children and women | Project supported by The Arts Council NI Travel Award Scheme | 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      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

       

      Other Professional Artistic Experience

      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

      Case Study | Nikkita Morgan | Inverkeithing Stitching In Time | Stitching Together | https://stitchingtogether.net/2022/03/22/case-study-nikkita-morgan-inverkeithing-stitching-in-time/ | 2022

      Artist Interview | Art Reveal Magazine no.58 | page 44-49 |  https://issuu.com/artrevealmagazine/docs/58 | April 2021

      Artist Feature | Art & Politics | http://www.redlineartworks.org/section652294_361328.html | 2018

      Artist Feature | Art Cube Artist Studios | https://www.artiststudiosjlm.org/nikkita-morgan.html | 2017

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

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

       

      Professional Memberships 

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