Nicola Dale

The Weight Between Words (2013). © Nicola Dale Image 1 of 3
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Sequel (2012). © Nicola Dale Image 2 of 3
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A Secret Heliotropism (2007). © Nicola Dale Image 3 of 3
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Summer 2014
Visiting Artist
Manchester-born visual artist, Nicola Dale's practice is concerned with what knowledge looks like. She visualises the acquisition of knowledge – how she captures, processes and understands what she reads. She imagines what a particular piece of knowledge might look like and creates a physical form from this abstract idea. She is increasingly drawn to how we format knowledge and how this is changing over time; the book (the traditional but endangered repository of knowledge) inevitably recurs as both a theme and a medium in her work.

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To compliment her recent residency in Shanghai, Dale, a Mark Devereux Projects artist, will undertake historical research at the National Arts Education Archive (NAEA) at YSP.

The focus of her research residency will be built around the Bretton Hall College's educational ethos: “Excellence is accessible”, with a view to mining the archives for visual responses to this idea, so that her overall work within this project will present a visual and conceptual tension between how knowledge is created/stored and how it is passed on/taught.

Supported by Mark Devereux Projects, YSP and Arts Council England, the residency is part of Nicola Dale's current project Not so firm as faded ink (working title) which will be culminating with a solo exhibition due to take place in spring 2015.

Dale will be the second artist in our Bothy Lab: First Fridays on 4 July 2014. Drop in to meet the artist, view the work created on site and try techniques such as book binding.  

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