Announcing Nicola Anthony as an elected member of Royal Society of Sculptors

This month I received the fabulous news that I have been formally elected as a member of The Royal Society of Sculptors. It is an honour to be part of this wonderful network of sculptors, a society with royal patronage which leads the conversation about sculpture today. The history of the society itself is really fascinating and has been a cornerstone of first the British art world and then the international art world, so I share a little insight below…

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Intersection, Yangon Exhibition

Intersection was an exhibition of poetry and visual art by Singaporean poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony. The work maps an architecture of memory at the junction of three diverse cities: Yangon, London, and Singapore.

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Burning and weaving: Time-lapse of installation artwork

This video is about Area Clearance - an installation artwork made in 2018, paired with a poem of the same name by Marc Nair. The artwork and poem tackle the subject of genocide of the Rohingya tribe in Myanmar, featuring burned paper, prayer leaves, ash and coal to make an archway which visitors can step into. Showcased at Myanm/art Gallery, Yangon, in collaboration with Intersections Gallery Singapore.

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Video: The making of a public sculpture

The sculpture unveiling in 2018 coincided with the dedication ceremony for the USC Shoah Foundation’s new home at Leavey Library at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The artwork features the life story of Jona Goldrich, a holocaust survivor who escaped from Poland during WW2. Jona’s testimony has been sculpted into an artwork.

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Saung featured in Artwork Focus

Suspended in mid-air, three delicate paper sculptures strike an ethereal image with intricate shadows cast on the wall behind. Boat-like in shape, with strings attached from the body to the elegantly curved neck, Humming History, Paper Notes, and Arpeggio by artist Nicola Anthony take as their inspiration the traditional court instrument of Burma (as Myanmar was known in ancient times): the saung, a harp carved from the root of a tree and strung with silk.

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Press Release: Intersection (Yangon)

Intersection is an exhibition of poetry and visual art by Singaporean poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony. The work maps an architecture of memory at the junction of three diverse cities: Yangon, London, and Singapore.

The exhibition is travelling to Yangon this March, and has been five years in the making. Both artists journeyed to each city to engage in field research, resulting in the initial body of work which debuted in 2017. Intersection, though, is a work in progress, and new work will be created on site at Myanm/art Gallery.

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Press Release: Nicola Anthony Shortlisted for Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2018

Contemporary British artist Nicola Anthony is very honoured to have been shortlisted as one of 30 finalists for the the 2018 Sovereign Asian Art Prize – the 14th edition of this prestigious prize for mid-career contemporary artists.

The selected artwork Human Archive Project (borders are a human construction), 2017, was made using stories gathered in Singapore and South East Asia, giving insight into 20 individuals who have left their homeland and loved ones behind to work here as construction workers and domestic workers.

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Time Flows With Endless Possibilities: A review of commissioned sculpture 'the Flow of Time'

This October, in addition to the Human Archive Project that is her solo exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, contemporary artist Nicola Anthony had the opportunity to collaborate with fellow Yellow Ribbon Artist mentors Barry Yeow and Kim Whye Kee on a sculptural installation titled Flow of Time.

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Yellow Ribbon Project featured in Home Team News

Thank you to Home Team News Singapore, for featuring an article about the yellow Ribbon Art Exhibition - this exhibition featured awe inspiring works from our students and mentees, as well as a collaborative artwork by Barry Yeow, Kim Whye Kee and myself. See the original article here

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Intersection: A new body of art, sculpture, poetry, ink painting & drawing

"The elements that stir us to make art are flickering moments: a brief flash of recognition, a hint of scent memory, a nexus of discovery. Above all, an intersection."

A travelling project which spanned Yangon (Myanmar) London city wall (UK), and Kampong Glam (Singapore). Funded by National Arts council (Singapore) and hosted at Intersections Gallery.

Intesection is a new body of work. Visual art created by Nicola Anthony, poetry created by Marc Nair.

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Artwork Focus: After Oud | INTERSECTION

This series entitled Artwork Focus is written by Shireen, giving her explorations of the artworks in the Intersection exhibition. Shireen is a writer, art assistant and visual arts organiser, who has gained unique insight through her visits to Nicola’s art studio, observing the creation process of the works. This article focuses particularly on the artwork After Oud.

After Oud is a collection of glass jars in different shapes and sizes that chooses Singapore’s Bussorah Street in Kampong Glam as muse. Within these jars, strings of words in blue and gold taken from Marc Nair’s poem of the same name (“After Oud”) dangle together. Like Marc, Nicola is inspired by Bussorah Street and its famous aromatic scent store that has served the Kampong Glam community for years.

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Artwork Focus | Gotong Royong | Kinetic poetry art by Nicola Anthony & Marc Nair

Gotong Royong is a twisting, turning, tumbling, kinetic artwork, in which letters and words spill like loose sand. I am extremely proud to present this interactive piece in the exhibition, Intersection, a collaboration between myself and poet Marc Nair. Below I explain the art piece with a video and some insight into the creative process.

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Artwork Focus: Call to Prayer | INTERSECTION

The idea of the daily prayer that is comparable to a voluntary routine practiced across different cultures and religions and transcends geographical boundaries, is emphasised through the work’s duality in display – in light and in darkness. Like the journey of the sun from dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn, traditions and practices exist in time and are rarely temporal. 

The journeys across Singapore and Yangon that have inspired the creation of this work almost mimics the migration of the birds and their rotations inside the birdcage. This work is a reminder for us all: just as we are guided home “like flocks of birds”, our culture and traditions keep us grounded and remind us of our humble beginnings that have helped us shape our identity.

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Announcing: Intersection exhibition

An exhibition by Nicola Anthony, United Kingdom, and Marc Nair, Singapore. 12 Jan 2017 – 11 Feb 2017. INTERSECTIONS Gallery, 34 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198892. Free Admission.

Intersection is an exhibition about an encounter between poetry and visual art through the work of poet Marc Nair and visual artist Nicola Anthony. The work maps an architecture of memory at the junction of three diverse cities: London, Singapore and Yangon.

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50 Skies: 50 Scars - Interview with Nicola Anthony featured in Trebuchet Magazine - "I wanted to actually capture some of the sky..."

In this interview for Trebuchet Magazine, contemporary British artist Nicola Anthony talks about her work at the Krisis Exhibition 50 scars : 50 skies.

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Inside the studio at NPE Art Residency

This October, Nicola Anthony has been invited into NPE Print's Art Residency Programme 2016. Located in the heart of the traditional industrial/print sector of Kallang, Singapore, Nicola aims to utilise the residency and unique studio space/facilities for experimentations with new paper-based and incense-burnt drawing techniques, as well as light projections and large-scale creations. And ultimately, to create a body of works for a collaborative project with local poet Marc Nair, called 'Intersection'. 

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Pass It on featured on OKTO TV - Art Reborn

In the video, you will see what the Art Reborn film crew discovered when they made a visit earlier this month to the Displacements exhibition, plunging into the creative depths of 13 Wilkie Terrace to find out how the artists have used, reused, and re-appropriated a house which has spent 77 years as a family home.

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Pass It On: A new artwork by Nicola Anthony

Pass It On began with the idea of creating little points of knowledge and connection, which form a narrative from one place to the next, and beyond. Referencing the evolution, shift and migration of many things, the installation seeks to create a space in which to consider the positive and negative effects of the process of change, the fluid nature of culture, knowledge, memory and history. The resulting sculpture involves 8900 hand-numbered saga seeds – tiny red particles which the audience are invited to take and pass on.

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My 8000 piece artwork: Behind the scenes

I have been taking the ‘found object’ to a new level, and I will also be telling all the stories of the process of finding and collecting the individual seeds (all 8000 of them), through the artwork and via this blog. The sculpture Pass It On began with the simple idea of a sentence as a line with a beginning and end. The resulting sculpture comprises more than 8000 saga seeds, which the audience is invited to take and pass on.

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