ABOUT

Niki Colclough  (she/her) is an artist based in Manchester UK, she works 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 dialogues, often working collaboratively in a practice that sits at the intersection of art, society and wellbeing. Central to her practice is the theme of belonging and within this, a connection to 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, education and research as well as arts project and programme curation.

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CV

Education & Professional Development

University of Derby Nature Connection Course : December 2021

Constellations (By Flat Time House & UP Projects London) : July 2020 - September 2021

Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) Diploma : May 2021

Children and Young People Safety Online : May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Training : August 2018

Dementia Friend : September 2016

Autism Awareness Training : February 2015

Art Award Advisor, Bronze, Silver, Gold : May 2013

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

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


Socially Engaged Projects / Commissions

Fellfoot Forward, North Pennines AONB  July 2022

Modern Nature, Human Libraries & Rule of Threes : April 2022 - ongoing

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

Towards Rest & Resilience, Human Libraries & Rule of Threes : 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 - 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

Paper Dens, St Helens Library Service : April 2014


Residencies

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

National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia : June 2013

Olivia Newton John Cancer Care & Wellness Centre, Melbourne : October 2012 - May 2013

Arts Project Osaka, Japan : September 2012

Lime Arts, Manchester, UK : August 2011 - August 2012


Exhibitions

Forthcoming (May 2023)
Sheffield Hallam University 
Forest Lab

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

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

Arts 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

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

Arts in Health, Gallery of New South Wales, Australia : June 2013

Kyoto University of Art & Design, Guest Lecturer : September 2012


Awards

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