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Bio

Born in Dartford. Kent, UK  making art has been an ongoing and consistent interest and passion from childhood to the present day.

Nicole's studio practice is currently based in Faversham, Kent, UK

2021 - shortlisted for The Sequested Prize portrait competition.

2020 - completed an MA in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury.

Worked as a Sessional Tutor/Artist supporting people with disabilities to develop their artistic skills and abilities.  Session Leader

1987 - completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent


 

Artist Statement

A drawing based practice, Nicole's work reflects an exploration of her own inner landscape and the murmurings of the subconscious mind, coming to a better understanding of her sense of self and the human experience.

Her work is mainly motivated by nature, conservation, psychology, mental health and the human condition, as well as portrait and figure drawing.

Nicole works mainly with charcoal, pastel pencils and an eraser for her drawings and uses both oils and acrylics in painted pieces.  She has focussed on etching, lithography and lino cuts in her printmaking practice.

Education

2018- 2020 

University for the Creative Arts       MA  Fine Art

1984 - 1987   

University of Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, North Staffordshire   BA (Hons) Fine Art

1983 - 1984  

Maidstone College of Art, Maidstone, Kent   Foundation

Projects/Professional Experience

  • 6 month Residency -  The Old Shop, Oare - 1st  June - 3oth November 2021 

  • Art Session Leader - Kent County Council - Service User exhibition - Peter Blake Gallery. Dartford, Kent - 2016

  • Art Session Leader - Uniting Friends & Mild May Centre - Tate Modern Learning Disability Week Art Exhibition  -2008/9

  • Sessional Artist - Uniting Friends - Sculpture Workshop - 2009

  • Illustrator - Munay Ki Support document [see - www.carolafreebird.com/Munay-Ki.htm ]- c.2005

  • Project Artist -  Literary Week, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells - c.2005

  • Company Artist - Ageless Theatre - Edinburgh Festival - 2000

  • Scenic artist & props maker - Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre - 1988 - 2010

Exhibitions & Opportunities

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021

March

Featured Artist

Interim Arts Art Gallery     

interim_arts instagram account

 

2020

August

MA Degree Show - online exhibition   

 https://www.artsteps.com/view/5efdded721d15d65f29727c7?currentUser

2016

June

Retrospective Exhibition

The King's Hall, Herne Bay, Kent

 

2013

March    

An exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture.

Peter Blake Gallery, Dartford

Selected  Group Exhibitions  

 

2022

9 -13 February

The Sequested Prize - Portrait Competition

Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, Mayfair. W1S 1HD

2021

October - November 2021

100 Sketch for Survival - Conservation Collection 2021

Sketch For Survival 2021 Conservation Collection | Explorers Against Extinction

16 July – 4 September 2021 -

Call & Response Art Trail Exhibition 

St  Augustine’s Centre, Brighton

 

2 July - 2 August

Lacuna Festivals  -  Distance 2021

https://www.lacunafestivals.com

26 June - 25 September

Dickens 150 Print Exhibition   

Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, Kent   

20 June - 20 July

Manchester 2020     Quay Street Gallery       

https://www.manchester2020.com

2020                                       

November       

Fusion Arts Online Exhibition  6th Annual Leaves and Petals Art Competition 

www.fusionarts.com/6th-annual-leaves-petals-art-exhibition-2020

 

26 September - 18 October                                               
The Museum of You Exhibition, The Beaney, Canterbury                                                                                                 

 

14 September  - 30 October                                             

Out of Isolation   University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury                                                                                                                        
 

May                                                                                     

Stigma 2020 - online exhibition  Art & mental health  Cocreate Arts & Health     www.cocreatearts.co.uk                                                                                                   
17 - 22 March                                                                     

MA Students Fine Art Show    Works by Ali Lees, Melanie Jordan & Nicole Antras   Creek Creative Studios, Faversham                                                                                
2019
6 - 12 December
I make art about ….  

UCA MA Fine Art students & Alumni,  Joseph Wales Gallery, Margate

 

11 - 23 June 
The Journey
Open exhibition - Group Exhibition, Upper Gallery, Creek Creative Studios, Faversham

 

2018
March
Creek Creative Open Exhibition 
Creek Creative Art & Design Studios, Faversham

 

2017
February
Creek Creative Open Exhibition 
Creek Creative Art & Design Studios, Faversham

 

1988 - 2010
Scenic Artist/Props maker at The Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre, Crayford     www.thegwt.org.uk

 

1987
6 - 17 August
"Many of them Died on the Voyage" 
Bloomsbury Galleries, University of London Institute of Education
An exhibition of contemporary prints by BA Hons Fine Art Printmakers of North Staffordshire Polytechnic.

 

May - June
North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary Print Show 
North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary

 

1986
May - June
North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary Print Show -
North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary