• Top middle and bottom. Nicola Ellis. 2015 Nicola Ellis, Top, Middle, Bottom, 2015.
  • Nicola Ellis. Image-Stephen Iles Nicola Ellis, photo by Stephen Isles.

Steel Experiences, talk with Nicola Ellis

Sat 20 Jun 2015 – Sat 20 Jun 2015 Bloc Projects (open Weds – Sat / 12pm – 6pm)

Artist Nicola Ellis invites individuals, groups and companies who are connected to the steel industry in Sheffield, past and present, to an informal talk in the lead up to her exhibition More Room for Error, curated by Mark Deveraux Projects in August 2015. The event is Sheffield Design Week and the (AHRC) Connected Communities Programme.

Ellis would like to invite the Sheffield public to share experiences and reflections on working in the steel industry in the city. You may have first hand experience of working within the industry or your partner, friend or family may have been involved. Maybe you know someone who was a welder, a cutlery maker or worked in the steel mills?

Artist Nicola Ellis is currently developing techniques within welding and steel fabrication to create a series of new art works. Interested in the culture surrounding the steel industry, welding and bespoke production, she aims to encourage discussion between those who are central to, or on the periphery of this culture, past or present. This will enable Ellis to learn from your individual experiences whilst uncovering common ground between visitors at the event.

If you are not involved in the steel industry but have connections to industrial or bespoke manufacturing, we would like to meet you too. The results of the conversations on 20 June 2015 will be drawn together and used to not only help the artist develop new work but also help her understand where she fits within the wider context of industry and steel fabrication.

Nicola Ellis graduated from the Manchester School of Art in 2011 with an MA in Fine Art. Her work recently featured in exhibitions including You won’t see that bit anyway (solo exhibition), 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK, (2014); Head to Head: Nicola Ellis and Aura Satz, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK (2013); Part of the Programme, FAFA Gallery, Helsinki (2012); and Cabedal, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon (2012). Nicola Ellis is Supported by Mark Devereux Projects.

Mark Devereux Projects supports visual artists through mentoring, critical dialogue and curatorial production. Each practitioner’s artistic and career development is paramount, as the organisation provides bespoke guidance, information and opportunities. Our vision is to increase the provision for bespoke support to visual artists during the transition from early to mid-career. We do this in two ways: by working on long-term professional development and production projects through our funded Supported Artists programme; and by providing one-to-one mentoring, critical dialogue and exhibition opportunities within our open MDP Associates programme. Through collaboration from external partners and individuals, Mark Devereux Projects aims to bring artists, galleries, collectors and audiences closer.