About

Nikkita Morgan is an Irish mixed media textile artist residing in Edinburgh. Morgan  received her Master’s in Textile Design in 2014 from Norwich University of the Arts and was a recipient of the Arts and Humanity Research Council Award for her course of study (AHRC). Before embarking on postgraduate study, Morgan was an undergraduate student at University of Wales: Trinity Saint David: Coleg Sir Gar studying a BA (Hons) in Textile, Art, Design & Craft (2010-13). On completion of her degree she received the Textile Student of the Year Award.

 

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

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]

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

Current 

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

Past 2019

Out of Sight, Out of Mind exhibition: Summerhall, Edinburgh [2018 & 19]

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

Utopias: Upper Church, Summerhall: Edinburgh

Brexitfest: Fish Factory Arts: Cornwall

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

The Gallery Listoke, Winter Exhibition: Drogheda, Ireland

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

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

Design & construct a campaign banner for Educational Institute of Scotland | 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 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 | 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 a-i-r 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 textile workshops for children aged 7-12 online via organisers software | Art+International Art Education Center | China | 2015 – 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’ | 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 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 included 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]