Nicola Anthony, Saung (Burmese Harp), Incense-burned calligraphy paper, ink and wire, 30cm X 40cm x 60cm, 2016


Nicola creates by collecting, mapping and archiving a finespun world of secrets, memories and stories. Each artwork is shaped by the story it contains - multilayered, fragile, suspended in time. 

She focuses her work on untold narratives, social memory, and place memory.

The process of capturing unheard voices, moments and details has led her artistic research to navigate many things such as: social and political undercurrents in Myanmar, Singapore, SouthEast Asia; Narratives that pierce through time to the World War, the battle of the Blitz; or stories that are found in the porous surfaces of bombed buildings in London; crumbling ruins in Asia; scarred wrists in her fellow human beings; and the confessing eyes of strangers.


“I spent my formative years struggling to define the truth, in a world where my personal and cultural identities never fitted any one category, and my personal history was full of holes. I learned that two opposing things can simultaneously be true. I take the same approach to art as I do life: Trying to discover and uncover the truth, peeling back the layers, breaking it down into small moments which add up to make the whole. These small, foundational elements may be unseen, misunderstood, or misrepresented. How can we understand ourselves or the people we meet without going deeper and rediscovering the secret side, the human stories?”

Nicola collects paper aeroplanes, proverbs, poems, riddles, birdsong recordings, curses, confessions, laments, praises, prayers, prophecies, public announcements, and narratives.



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Nicola Anthony (b.1984) is a British artist living in Singapore and working internationally. Born in London, she studied at University of the Arts London (CSM) and Loughborough University.

Her latest museum solo exhibition, Human Archive Project, was commissioned by Singapore Art Museum. Her previous solo show and published book, Intersection, was created during her time as artist-in-residence at the NPE Art Residency, receiving National Art Council Singapore funding to exhibit in Singapore 2017 and Myanmar 2018. In 2018 her work will be showcased at the National Art Gallery of Malaysia in the KL Biennale.

Recently her traveling sculpture Great Soul has been shown at the Vargas Museum in Manila, the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Indonesia, and is currently at Oil Art Space, Hong Kong.

Widely collected and exhibited internationally, Nicola also creates large scale installations and public sculptures. Her latest were commissioned for Singapore Art Museum, Marina Bay (Singapore),  Sentosa Island, Yellow Ribbon Project. 

Around the world Nicola has exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery Project Space (UK), the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (USA), Shinjuku Creators Fiesta (Tokyo), & featured in shows around Asia and Europe. Her artwork has received sponsorship from Tate Britain, & been exhibited in Tate Modern’s ‘No Soul for Sale’.


Exhibitions, Awards, & notable CommissionS

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