karen nickell
biography and cv

Karen Nickell studied Psychology and taught for almost 20 years; during this time she developed her creative skills and was awarded a National Gold Medal of Excellence for Craft and Design. In 2006 she enrolled at the Belfast School of Art to study Fine and Applied Art (specialism painting) and graduated with first class honours in 2008, winning the Bank of Ireland Student Tordah award and the Arts Society of Ulster graduate award. Following a 3-year doctoral research project she was appointed to teach History and Theory of Textiles at the Ulster University and now combines lecturing with her own studio practice.

artist statement




PhD, Art and Design, University of Ulster

2006 - 2008 B.A. Fine and Applied Art, First Class Honours
2005 - 2006 BTEC Foundation Art & Design, Distinction
1998 - 2006 C&G Diploma Design and Craft, Embroidery
1996 - 2003 C&G Diploma Design and Craft, Soft Furnishing
1985 - 1986 Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Stranmillis
1978 - 1982 B.A. (Hons) Psychology, Queens University Belfast
2008 Bank of Ireland Student Tordah Award, 1st prize
2008 Art Society of Ulster, Graduate Award
2003 National Gold Medal of Excellence, Great Britain
  work in public collections
2008 Northern Bank Collection - Tordah Award work
2008 University of Ulster Permanent Collection
  public art commissions
2010 - 2011 Gorey Educate Together School, Co Wexford
  exhibitions - solo
2010 Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Galleries 1&2

exhibitions - invited

2012 Distant World, Het Bildt, The Netherlands
  exhibitions - selected
2011 Island Arts Centre, Lisburn 'Ten'
2011 Braid Museum, Ballymena
2010 Mullan Gallery, Belfast
2009 Designers and Makers, F E McWilliam Gallery
2009 National Craft Exhibition, RDS Dublin
2008 Engine Room Gallery, Belfast
2008 RUA Annual Exhibition, Titanic Drawing Office
2008 Art Society of Ulster Annual Exhibition, Belfast
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