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.

 

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

2021 | Practice Support Fund Edinburgh | Creative Edinburgh/EPAD

2021 | Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers | Creative Scotland

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 residencies have involved teaching roles within educational & community settings both collectively and independently.

Commissions

Public commission | “Damn Rebel Bitches” | I will be working with the local community in creating a large-scale collaborative textile banner that will be placed in the new museum in Perth in 2024 | Perth and Kinross Council, together with Culture Perth and Kinross | Oct 2022 – Dec 2023

Public commission | “Inverkeithing stitching in Time” | I worked with the local community groups in creating a large-scale collaborative textile artwork for Inverkeithing’s historic town house | Fife Historic Buildings Trust on behalf of Fife Council | May 2021 - Feb 2022

Public commission | “Voices for Equity” | Shetland Islands Council on behalf of the Shetland Partnership | Dec 2019 – June 2020

Private commission | Embroidered learning aid “Sampler” | Art Department, George Watsons College | Edinburgh | 2017

Private commission | Designed & constructed a campaign banner for the Educational Institute of Scotland | commissioned by the Joint Union Liaison Committee at Edinburgh University | 2016

Private commission | Worked with local artists and scientists from the University of East Anglia to design & construct a 3D infographic sculpture that represented the storm surge damage surrounding the Norfolk coast | University of East Anglia | 2015

Selected Exhibitions

2022

Contemporary Textiles Exhibition: Fronteer Gallery: Sheffield

2021

Winter Open Exhibition 2021: The Art Cohort: Bath

2019

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

Open Studio Exhibition: 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 

2018

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

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)

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

2015

NN Open Exhibition: NN Contmeporary Art Gallery, Northampton

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 Textile Artist | Co-design and facilitate a craft-based programme of workshops with the unpaid women’s work squad | OneRen | Paisley | Sep 2022 – Current

Collaborative textile project | Global Irish textile artists contributed a patch to form a larger St. Brigid’s quilt/cloak to be exhibited in Dublin in Feb 2023 | Irish Department of Foreign Affairs | Nov 2022

Artist Workshop | Children’s bunting-making summer project | Ballast Bank, Inverkeithing | July-August 2022

Art Tutor | Animation week | 8-12 year olds | The Art Club Edinburgh | July 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

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

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

 

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]