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Nicole Antras  BA (Hons), MA, Fine Art   PTLLS CTLLS

I have made art from childhood and studied an Art Foundation course at Maidstone College of Art then went on to complete a BA (Hons) Fine Art at what is now Staffordshire University and then completed an MA in Fine Art at UCA, Canterbury in 2020.

I make art using a variety of mediums, most often working with charcoal, pastels, graphite and an eraser for drawings, and oils and waterbased paints in painted pieces.  Etching and Lithography were  an important part of an early printmaking practice; I currently focus on dry point engravings and Lino cut techniques.

My practice is underpinned by drawing, with my work being representational and expressionistic.  Fascinated by psychology, spirituality, nature and ways to enhance emotional well being, my art has been a means for me to express my own journey of self-growth, with my aim being to enable the observer to access emotions that connect them with their higher self.  

I have spent many years using my artistic skills to support people with disabilities and mental health issues to discover and enjoy their own creativity and I currently run art workshops for anyone who wants to develop their creative skills (details below).

I was shortlisted for The Sequested Prize self-portrait competition in 2020/2021 (Drawing category) and have exhibited in group exhibitions locally and nationally with pieces in private collections in the UK, Europe and the US.

Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021

Featured Artist Interim Arts Art Gallery

2020

MA Degree Show - Online exhibition

2016

June - Retrospective Exhibition The King's Hall, Herne Bay, Kent 

2013

An exhibition of paintings, prints and sculpture. Peter Blake Gallery, Dartford ​

Selected Group Exhibitions

2024

Under the Rainbow Spring Exhibition 6th April - 12th May, Bluewater

Adisham Arts Festival  5th & 6th April  Holy Innocents Church, Adisham

Winter Show 30 January - 11 February  Creek Creative Gallery, Faversham

2023

Winter Show  9 December -  9 January 2024  Halpern Gallery, Chatham

Autumn Show  21 October - 4 November  Lilford Framing & Gallery, Canterbury

East Kent Open Houses - 14/15th, 21/22nd, 28/29th October - Creek Creative Studos

Rochester Art Fair   6 - 8 October   The Corn Exchange, Rochester

Summer Exhibition  28 July - 29 August    Halpern Gallery, Chatham

InASpace Pop-up Art Exhibition  Group Show  28 May - 11 June    Whitstable

Print, Print, Print     Group Show 2-14 May   Creek Creative Gallery, Faversham

Ten Works by Ten Artists An Exhibition of Postcard sized Drawings  18 - 30 April Creek Creative Gallery, Faversham

SCAR  8 - 29 April,  The House of Smalls, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

2022

'Corresponding Narratives' - the threads that connect us, 25th October - 6th November Creek Creative Gallery, Faversham

East Kent Open Houses - 8/9th, 15/16th, 22/23rd October
The Everyday Exhibition   - June - Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield
Drawing Exhibition  - June - Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield
100 x 100 Bobcat Gallery online exhibition
The Sequested Prize - Self-portrait competition (Short Listed)  online exhibition
SPECTRUM    Creek Creative Gallery, Faversham

2021

100 Sketch for Survival - Conservation Collection 2021
Call & Response Art Trail Exhibition    St Augustine’s Centre, Brighton
Lacuna Festivals - Distance 2021
Dickens 150 Print Exhibition    Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, Kent
Manchester 2020   Quay Street Gallery

2020

Fusion Arts Online Exhibition 6th Annual Leaves and Petals Art Competition
The Museum of You Exhibition    The Beaney, Canterbury
Out of Isolation      University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury
Stigma 2020 - online exhibition Art & mental health    Cocreate Arts & Health
MA Students Fine Art Show Works by Ali Lees, Melanie Jordan & Nicole Antras Creek Creative Studios, Faversham

2019

I make art about …. UCA MA Fine Art students & Alumni, Joseph Wales Gallery, Margate
The Journey Open exhibition - Group Exhibition, Upper Gallery, Creek Creative Studios, Faversham

2017 & 2018

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

1988 - 2010

Scenic Artist/Props maker at The Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre, Crayford

1987

​"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.
North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary Print Show North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary

1986

North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary Print Show North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary

Workshops

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           Workshop Prices

 

Intro to Lino Cut   £55

Basic Drawing Skills  £55

Perspective, Shading & Ellipses  £55

Intro to Drypoint Engraving  £55

Intro to Lino Cut Workshop

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For those new to printmaking or have never tried Lino cut before, this workshop covers the basic information you will need to be able to make a one colour lino print
There are 6 spaces available for this workshop.
 

All materials & equipment are provided, so you don't have to bring anything and it is very much an introduction to the basics of lino cut.  So if you've not done it before, it is designed to be quite straightforward, just getting used to using the equipment, preparing a design and producing a one colour print by the end of the workshop. l also explain the principles of how to make a multi-coloured print, but there isn't enough time to do more than one colour in this workshop.  There is also probably enough to take in doing the one colour if it's something you are new to.

My aim is to give people enough to be able to go home and be able to practise and develop their skills from there.

"Really enjoyable day learning to linocut.  Very satisfying and lots of lovely prints to go home with.  Perfect as gifts to share."  Katie Mickleburgh

"Had a lovely relaxing time.  Enjoyed the the amount of art we produced & a good start to learning the process! Thank you."  Rachel Bobb

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"Great introductory course.  It is harder than I expected ... but, great course - I've learnt lots & produced two lovely prints."  Jane Secker

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Beginners Drawing Workshops

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For those who consider themselves to be beginners, these workshops cover basic drawing materials and techniques to develop drawing skillls.  Participants have the opportunity to experiment with different mediums they may not be used to,

such as charcoal or pen & ink, and discover their preferred medium.  The overall aim is to give people confidence in taking their drawing skills further.

Materials are included in the cost of the workshop.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and providing us with the tools, pencils, pens, charcoal, rubber and paper was a good idea. I thought the pace was just right and appreciated the size of the group and the teaching skills and approach. I liked the way we built up our knowledge and technique, and starting with the basics, made me feel more confident when it came to trying to draw something. And I was pleased and proud with what I produced. 
I would recommend it to anybody who was interested in learning the basics which will, hopefully, then give them the confidence to do something else." Lorraine S

"It opened my eyes to the play factor and just trying it out.  Built confidence in use of materials.  Friendly, informative session." Richard W.

 "Very helpful introduction to the materials and basic techniques.  Friendly approach and helpful advice.  Encouraging and building confidence to try, experiment and just enjoy the experience.  Well worth it! "  Colin A

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Perspective, Shading & Ellipses Workshop

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As a follow-on from the Beginners Drawing Workshop, this workshop aims to further develop drawing skillls and understand more about effective shading and perspective in their art works.  The overall aim is to give people confidence in taking their drawing skills further.

Participants will need to bring a set of dtawing pencils and/or any medium that they feel most comfortable using. 

Drawing paper is included in the cost of the workshop.

Intro to Drypoint Engraving

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For those new to printmaking or have never tried Drypoint engraving before, this workshop covers the basic skills you will need to be able to make a dry point engraving.
This workshop is for 6 people.
Materials are provided in the cost of the workshop.

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