Approved: 29.06.2021

Nikki Allford

Artist, Maker

Approved: 29.06.2021

As a Maker and Installation artist , my practice involves time consuming processes, with an obsessional attention to detail.

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Artist Statement

As a Maker and Installation artist , my practice involves time consuming processes, with an obsessional attention to detail.

I often work with everyday materials and respond directly to the context of a space.

 I manipulate and push  the possibilities of my chosen materials with a twist  that injects the familiar with new insight and unsettling expectations. The Installations have a presence that disrupts a space, as I continuously search for new ways of inhabiting a site while making connections between the past and the present. Ideas of memory and place are explored.

I am interested in the way repetitive actions can result in the formation of a work. Structures are built from the accumulation of lines and tape . The resultant pieces can be read as abstract, or as hinting at other qualities - perhaps reminiscent of the innards of the body, pools of blood or water, feathers, skins or organic plant growth.

Tape rolls are often left in situ. This simple gesture contextualises the forms so that the materiality of the piece-the very products it is made from- are clearly referenced. This act anchors the work to both method and maker.

CV & Education

Nikki Allford is a Maker and Installation artist based at BV Studios,Bristol. She has a Ceramics Degree from Bath Spa .

Unstable Monuments, The Old Crown Courts, Bristol. An immersive exhibitionwithin the iconic Regentcy Courts. Over 40 International and young Bristol artists explore change and dissoution against the backdrop of thismonumental building. 2022

BV Open Studios, Bristol ,2022

Alone/Together, The Station Bristol 2022

Athens Open Art, Art Number 23, Athens Greece. 2021

Rockaway Park Open Studios, Bristol. 2021

This is Not a Shop, A collaboration with Non Place Collective, Bath Fringe And Fringe Arts Bath. Bath 2021

Distanced Domestic , Old Milk Dairy, Clapham London.2021

The Wilderness Project , Crypt Gallery , St Pancras Church ,Presented by Haven+ London.2021 (youtube The Wilderness Project Virtual Tour Gallery)

Emergent Vision. SafeHouse 1 and 2, Peckham London, Artist responses to 2 derelict Victorian houses, curated by Uncovered Collective, 2020.

Forces, Old Biscuit Factory ,Bermondsey, London .2020

Incendiary, Corsham Court, Wiltshire. Artists and Activists responding to climate change. 2020. 

Videne Formy-Seen Forms, HYB4 Gallery, Kampus Hybernska Prague, Exploring Art and Tradition. 2020

Folds,Lewisham Project Space, London SE14. Artists explore the aesthetic, conceptual and sociopolitical implications of folds.2019

Blood Roses,Site specific Installation for Wells Cathedral. Wells Contemporary 2019. 

Exhibition Mexico, Ovalo Gallery, Mexico City. International Artists Show. 2019

Fantastic and Strange,Exploring the idea of the weird and wonderful,Fringe Arts, Bath 2019 

Metamorphosis- Paramorphosis. Touring Carafaa Prison Gallery, Presov, Slovakia..Koniaren Gallery, Trebisov, Slovakia. 2019.

Incendiary. Landsdown Gallery, Stroud. Artist and Activists respond to the new incinerator, Temple of fire , near Stroud. 2019

BV Open Studios Bristol 2010-2019

Present Perfect Continuous, Zverev Contemporary Arts Centre, Moscow.International artists were invited to visualise their present moment through their work. 2018 

The Ideal Homeless Exhibition, Great Guildford Street Hostel with Bad Behaviour. London SE1 2018

Solo Exhibition, Sea of Sighs, Cleveland Pools, Bath. Micro residency and site specific exhibition responding to the derelict Georgian Lido. Part of Heritage Open Days.,2018

 KINdoms ( touring), Dartington Hall, Totnes 2018

KINdoms, Fringe Arts Bath 2018

Nostalgia, The Old Biscuit Factory, London 2018

Thresholds: The Adjacent Possible, The Tapestry, Liverpool. 2018.

DRAW, Thought Foundation, Newcastle, Site specific Installation for suspended glass ceiling.2018.

Nasty Women- Architecture, Anise Gallery, London SE1..2017

Woodlands Art Project, Bristol.Micro residency and pop up sculpture park.. 2017. (patron Lord Bath).

The Obsessional Compulsive Practice, Fringe Arts Bath,  .2017

Bad Behaviour, Brixton East (1871), Brixton London.. 2016

The Cartesian Cut?, Fringe Arts Bath, ,2016

Beauty and the Beast, The Edwardian Cloakroom, Bristol. Two person micro residency and exhibition of work responding to the Edwardian public toilets with Artist Esme Clutterbuck, 2015

Dark Waters. Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol. Projections next to the old cremation furnace with text ,as a response to visiting the cremation ghats in Varanasi , India