ABOUT

Niki Colclough (she/her) is an artist based in Manchester UK, working on self-directed projects and commissions to explore how art can address social issues, with a focus on care, wellbeing and the environment. Niki uses artistic thinking and processes to open up collaborative dialogues, central to her practice is the idea of place - considering the social, physical and emotional landscapes we inhabit.

In 2021 Niki trained as a Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) leader and has since been incorporating these techniques and ideas into her arts practice. Niki also leads the module ‘Approaches to Engagement’ on the MA Socially Engaged Art Practice at the University of Salford.

Niki is experienced in artistic facilitation, research and programme curation.

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CV

Education & Professional Development

Food & Art Alternative MA
The Gramounce : 2023 Sept - ongoing

Crit Club (Socially Engaged Art Practice), East Side Projects : June 2023 - Sept 2023

CRTL : Digital Development Programme, The Lowry : Jan 2023 - July 2023

Fair & Equitable Programme, Contemporary Visual Arts Network, (contribution to new policy), October 2022 - December 2022

Constellations (By Flat Time House, UP Projects London and Liverpool Biennial) : July 2020 - September 2021

Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) Diploma,
UK Nature and Therapy: May 2021

Islington Mill Art Academy (organiser & member) : 2017 - 2020

Manchester College Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Distinction) : July 2011

Sheffield Hallam University, BA Media & Film (Class 2.1) : July 2003


Socially Engaged Projects / Commissions

Forthcoming : SLUICE Vernacular, The Minories, Colchester : June 2024

Forthcoming : Wysing Art Centre, Cambridge, Rest is Ecological : July - August 2024

Life Through the Lens, Signal Film & Media, Barrow-in-Furness : June 2024 - ongoing

The Rest Sessions, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool : April 2024 - ongoing

Rest (Is An Ecological Act), Reading Group, At The Library, Crosby : October 2023 - ongoing

Museums Sheffield, Future Museums Lead Artist, October 2023 - ongoing

The British Ceramics Biennial, Clay Museum Intervention Artist, Stoke-on-Trent : September 2023 - ongoing

Inside / Out, B Arts, Stoke-on-Trent : March - April 2024

Collective Making of Geological Time, PAF Summer School, Paris : August 2023

Wild Escape, Bluecoat, Liverpool : April 2023

Rest (Is A Political Act), SICK! Festival, Manchester : April 2023

Jardín Patria Nueva, Lugar Común, Oaxaca City, Mexico : November 2022

Rest (Is A Political Act), Camden Arts Centre, London : September 2022

Modern Nature, Rule of Threes, Crosby : April 2022 - August 2022 

The People’s Park, University of Salford : March 2022 - Ongoing

Towards Rest & Resilience, Rule of Threes & The Canal and Rivers Trust, Crosby : Nov 2021 - March 2022

Forest Play Lab (self-initiated), Peak District : June 2021 - ongoing

Drift (Activations Programme), The Turnpike, Manchester : March 2020 - August 2021

Open Doors (Autism Friendly workshops), Manchester Museum : January 2019 - September 2019

Art in Stroke Recovery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester : October 2013 - June 2017

Re-Make The Museum, Silk Mill, Derby : November 2015 - June 2016


Residencies

Touch, North Pennines AONB : July 2022

Real Estate, LeftCoast, Blackpool : October - November 2021

Grizedale Arts, Cumbria : July 2018

Do Re Mi, Coniston Institute, Cumbria : August 2017

Matadero Madrid, Spain : April - May 2017

Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey Arts Commission : May - June 2014

501 Art Space, Chongqing, China : August - September 2013

The Olivia Newton John Cancer Care & Wellbeing Centre, Melbourne, Australia : October 2012 - March 2013


Exhibitions

Forthcoming : Textiles a Balcón, Patio Trasero, Mexico City : July 2024

SPARK, Artist Interventions In A Time Of Climate Crisis, Rogue Project Space, Manchester : Dec 2023 - January 2024

The Future of Listening, SHOP (Baxendale Architects), Preston : Oct 2023

Hinterlands, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, (Field Notes Publication) : Oct 2022 - April 2023

Soft Radicle, Mexico City, Mexico :
November 2022

Ride Your Pony, Abingdon Studios, Blackpool : November 2021

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (Online) : August 2020

Tracing Paper, Paper Gallery, Manchester : August 2018

Full Scale, Gallery II, Bradford University, : October 2017

Do Re Mi, Coniston Institute, Cumbria : August 2017

Inventores del Futuro, Matadero Madrid, Spain : May 2017

Radical Vulnerabilities, Caustic Coastal, Salford : July 2016


Programme Curation / Production

Starling CIO, Manchester : Jan 2023 - March 2024

Young Person’s Programme Curator, Manchester Art Gallery : August 2019 - July 2020

YouthLab Lead Artist, CFCCA, Manchester : February 2017 - March 2020

Tania Bruguera’s School of Integration, Manchester International Festival : March 2019 - July 2019

Health and Wellbeing Curator, Manchester Art Gallery : October 2018 - October 2019

Creative Agents Producer, The Horsfall, Manchester : April 2016 - April 2018

Young Person’s Programme Curator, Site Gallery, Sheffield : March 2015 - March 2016


Teaching / Talks

Module Leader MA Socially Engaged Practice, University of Salford : January 2019 - ongoing

On Not Knowing, How Artists Teach, Glasgow School of Art & Helsinki University of The Arts : June 2023

Rest (Is A Political Act), Research Centre For Arts and Wellbeing, Edgehill University : June 2023

The Future of Listening, Melodic Distraction : (Movement 2) : April 2023

The Future of Listening, DOMES FM, Interview and Soundscape (Movement 1) : April 2023

Green Agendas Symposium, University of Salford : March 2023

Art And Ecology In Uncertain Times,
Universidad Ibero Americana, CDMX (Lecture and Workshop) : October 2022

Paper Presentation ‘Embedding Socially Engaged Pedagogies For The Future of Art and Design Practice’ : International Conference on Social Design, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia : September 2022

Making of Us Programme, Facilitator, Turnpike Gallery : March 2021 - September 2021

Alternative Art School Symposium, Manchester International Festival : July 2017

Performing Care Symposium, London School of Speech & Drama : April 2016

Taking Art to The People, Radio 4 Documentary : November 2015

How Do You See Me? Performance Lecture, The Royal Academy : July 2015

Staffordshire University, Guest Lecturer, Contemporary Art Practice : July 2014

Arts in Health, Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery : June 2014

Women as Placemakers Lecturer, Manchester Museum : March 2014


Awards

A-N Time and Space Artist Bursary : February 2023

Revive Award : University of Salford : February 2022

Arts Council Award : June 2020

Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Trust : December 2018

Engaging Communities Award, University of Manchester : September 2016

Arts Council Award : February 2015

AA2A Award, Staffordshire University : September 2014

Arts Council Award : September 2012