Join us online at 8am (UK time) for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club with Nicola Turner on Friday 7 July 2023, convened by Anita Taylor.
Nicola Turner is a UK based artist. With a background in scenography Turner has over twenty years international experience. She graduated from Central St Martins College of Art & Design and in 2007 won the Green Room Award and the Helpmann Award for her design for Rusalka at the Sydney Opera House. In 2019 she completed an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University. Recent exhibitions include Echoed Ecstasy, Od Arts Festival, Somerset; Norwich Art Path, Sainsbury Centre & Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk; Myth and Miasma, Skaftfell Centre for Visual Arts, Iceland; Lapses, Shatwell Farm; Somerset, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London; Materiality, Walcot Chapel, Bath, UK; Winter Sculpture Park, Gallery No32, Old Bexley, London, UK; 2023, DOOResidency, Amsterdam, NL; Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, UK; Stone Lane Gardens Sculpture Exhibition, Ashburner Prize Winner 2021, Dartmoor, UK; Unprecedented, Ovada Gallery, Oxford, UK, 2021; Being Human, Bart’s Pathology Museum, St Bart’s Hospital, London, UK; 2019, Waterweek, Gallery North, East Sussex; Blue Monday, 44AD, Bath and MA 2019, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.
Turner investigates the dissolution of boundaries, in-betweenness, and the continuous exchange of ecosystems. In doing so, she explores the interconnection of life and death, human and non-human, attraction and repulsion. In her work she combines found objects that hold traces of memory, the shapes of living forms, and materials from organic ‘dead’ matter such as horsehair- a material used previously for bedding and furniture and, in that regard, has been soaked with its lived history. The pieces are part of a vital and thriving microcosmos comprised of human and non-human agents which functions mostly beyond our conscious contemplation. After all, the existence of organisms such as bacteria and fungi are only noticeable when they exert their presence on us through the process of decay and decomposition. With this in mind, Turner’s depiction of the relation between humans and objects resonates with the notion of abjection and, consequently, carries within it an acute awareness of death. Amid this state of confusion and unsettlement, however, an affirmation of life’s forces is simultaneously allowed to arise.
More information about Nicola and her work can be found here: https://www.nicolaturner.art
Anita Taylor is an artist, curator and Dean of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. She is the founding Director of the foremost annual drawing exhibition in the UK, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize [since 1994], and Drawing Projects UK, a public-facing initiative dedicated to drawing [since 2009].
The Girl Friday Breakfast Club was established by Professors Kate Reynolds and Anita Taylor in 2018 to provide a friendly and informal space for women to meet and to hear from an interesting woman speaker, eat breakfast and drink great coffee or tea together at Drawing Projects UK on the last Friday of each month. We held our first online Girl Friday in October 2020 after realising we had longer to go before we could gather again for breakfast due to lockdown. We aim to retain the informal format, and events are not recorded, so do book to join in - and bring your own breakfast - or lunch or supper depending on where you are in the world! All women, and those who identify as women, are very welcome to join the Girl Friday Breakfast Club.
Tickets: There is an Annual Season Ticket option for the Girl Friday Breakfast Club that runs until 29 March 2024. The Annual Season Ticket enables you to attend all of the online Girl Friday Breakfast Club events that are held during the 2023/24 season. Single tickets for this event only are also available.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Photograph of Nicola Turner by Roland Chambers
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