In-conversation Series: Nicola Ellis

  • Online event
  • Wednesday, 23 June 2021
  • Live in-conversation event, starting at 6pm. Part of our Fabrication Research Season, looking at Public Commissions and Collaborations.

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Artist Nicola Ellis discusses the works she has produced as part of Return to Ritherdon, a project based on a two-year artist placement at Ritherdon & Co Ltd, a manufacturer of steel enclosures based in Darwen, Lancashire.

About the artist

Nicola Ellis (b. 1987, St Helens) is a visual artist based in Manchester. She is interested in studying complex ecosystems and environments in order to understand how their internal workings interact to function as a ‘whole’. Within these ecosystems, she observes, documents and subverts the intended function(s) of processes and communications. Her sculpture, paintings and digital works are shaped by the relationships between people, materials and processes, and often contribute something back to that triangular dynamic. This might be in the form of disrupting an established process with the people who usually work with it, by presenting an existing quality of an object or infrastructure in a different way, or by carving out a new way of operating – as an individual, a collaborator or an outsider – within a specific context.  Ellis has exhibited across the UK and internationally, and her work has been acquired into public and private collections.  

Fabrication Research Season

The practicalities of how an artist approaches making a sculpture have often been shrouded in mystery. The relationship between artists and skilled fabricators is rarely acknowledged. Exploring the blurred lines between art, craft and industry, this Research Season will make visible the ways in which sculptors in both historical and contemporary contexts have realised their vision through processes of collaboration and exchange, and will examine ways in which making sculpture has changed, particularly in light of the recent coronavirus pandemic.

This Research Season is organised in collaboration with Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre and the Universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield.

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