About

Nikkita Morgan is an Irish mixed media textile artist who predominantly works in her studio using a diverse range of art, design & craft methods. Alongside her creative practice, she teaches textile & embroidery workshops for school, college and university students and community groups nationally.

She received her Master’s in Textile Design 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. On completion of her degree she received the Textile Student of the Year Award.

– 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 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 | Dec 2018, May & Sep 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. This has included devising and delivering creative workshops based on my political textile practice.

– Selected Exhibitions –

Current  | RedLine Artworks | Digital Exhibition | Available at: http://www.redlineartworks.org/gallery_532987.html

Past

2022 | Contemporary Textiles Exhibition | Fronteer Gallery | Sheffield

2021 | Winter Open Exhibition 2021 | The Art Cohort | Bath

2019 | Divergent | Anteros Gallery | Norwich (Matched funded by the Norfolk Arts Project Fund and Crowdfunder)

2019 | Open Studio | End of Artist-in-Residence programme | Aughakillymaude Mummers Centre | Fermanagh

2019 | Anna Cheyne Biennial Award 2019 Exhibition | Island Arts Centre | Lisburn

2019 | Between Lands | Whitespace Gallery | Edinburgh (Kickstarter funded)

2019 | 1 FT SQ Art Exhibition | Strule Arts Centre | Omagh & Blaney Yoga Centre | Fermanagh 

2018 | Brexit Respond… (Interactive Exhibition) | Roots Gallery | Edinburgh | Solo

2018 | Henry’s Odyssey Fundraising Exhibition | Mandell’s Gallery | Norwich

2018 | The Locale Group Exhibition | Cass Art | Glasgow

2017 | Éire Intransition | St. Margaret’s House Gallery 2 | Edinburgh [Gallery In-Kind Support] | Solo

2017 | End of artist-in-residence Exhibition | George Watson College | Edinburgh

2017 | Guest Studio Residency Exhibition & Artist Talk | Art Cube Artist’s Studio’s | Jerusalem | Solo

2016 | Materials, Meaning & Messages Exhibition & Artist Talk | R-Space Gallery | Lisburn | Co.Down

2016 | The SSA 119th annual exhibition | The Royal Scottish Academy | Edinburgh

2016 | NSK Folk Art Rising 1916-2016 | Burren College of Art | Co,Clare

2016 | A-I-R 15/16 Exhibition | Tent Gallery & St. Margaret’s House Gallery 1 | Edinburgh

2016 | Art of Craft Exhibition | Market Place Gallery | Armagh

2016 | NI Young Artist of the Year Finalists Exhibition | The Braid Arts Centre | Ballymena

2015 | NN Open Exhibition | NN Contemporary Art Gallery | Northampton

2015 | 100 under 100 | 3rd on 3rd Gallery | Jamestown | New York

2015 | Platform Open Annual Art Exhibition | Morphets of Harrogate | Yorkshire

2015 | One Year On | Stew Gallery | Norwich | Supported by Norfolk Arts Project Fund

2015 | Summer Salon | Islington Art Factory | London

2015 | Rising Stars | New Ashgate Gallery | Farnham

2014 | Place, Space & Negotiated Territories | Norwich University of the Arts | Norwich

2013 | New Designers | Islington | London

– Professional Experience (Commissions\Workshops\Projects) –

Research Assistant | Touching Stitches Project | working with the Needlework Development Scheme (NDS) heritage collection | University of Edinburgh | 2017 – Current

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

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

Co-coordinated, organised & curated 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

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

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

Guest Lecturer Tour | Artist Talks & Embroidery Workshops to school and college students from disadvantaged backgrounds | helping to promote higher education within the Creative Arts | Organisation: Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) | Norfolk | January 2018 – 2020

Workshop Assistant | 100 Years Women’s Vote | Assisted with embroidered-led banner making workshops with female prisoners at SPS Cornton Vale and Edinburgh University female student & staff members |  University of Edinburgh | Processions | Artichoke | February – June 2018

Artist Commission | Embroidered Sampler Wall-hanging | Art Department | George Watsons College | Edinburgh | 2017

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 – 2017

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

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

– Other Professional Training 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 | Part of the symposium team; helped curate and organise the art sculpture trail | Bungay | 2015

Dialogues 2014 | Space, Place and Negotiated Territories | Part of the selection panel who co-ordinated, curated and organised the 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]

– Social media | artist portfolio –

https://www.axisweb.org/p/nikkitamorgan/

https://www.instagram.com/nikkita.morgan/