Nicky Bird

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Profile

My preoccupation with the theme of hidden histories emerged from my practice PhD at University of Leeds (1994-99), under the supervision of artist Susan Taylor and Art Historian Professor Griselda Pollock. My profile outlines the range of experiences I draw from: art practice (shows, residencies, publications, awards and commissions); PhD supervision and examination, teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; talks, conference presentations and writing.

Education

1994-1999
PhD in Fine Art
University of Leeds

1992-1993
MA in Feminism & the Visual Arts (Distinction Awarded)
University of Leeds, England

1979-1982
BA (Hons.) Fine Art (Painting) (2:1 Awarded)
Bristol Polytechnic, England

Selected Shows

2016
Tall Tales
Freud Museum, Swiss Cottage Gallery & Library, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Centre, London; Touchstones Gallery & Museum, Rochdale; Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow

Alt-W
City Art Centre, Edinburgh Arts Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

Travelling the Archive
Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, Scotland
(Solo outdoor photo-projection event)

2014
Hankering for Classification
Toast/Federation House, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces (NAS), Manchester, England

Family Ties: Reframing Memory, The Peltz Gallery, London

2013
Nostalgias, Pie Factory Gallery, Margate

2012-2013
Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present
The National Gallery, London, England;
CaixaForum Barcelona & CaixaForum Madrid, Spain

2012-2013
21 Revolutions
CAA, Glasgow; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

2011
Archaeology of the Ordinary
The Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington, Scotland
(Solo show)

2008-10
Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place
Stills, Edinburgh, Scotland
Ninewells Hospital, Dundee
Dick Institute, Kilmarnock
Doon Valley Mining Museum, Dalmellington
Permanent works, Prestongrange Museum & Morrison’s Haven, East Lothian
(Solo show)

2008
Alt-W: New Directions in Scottish Digital Media
CAA, Glasgow, Scotland

2006-07
Question for Seller
Belfast Exposed Photography, Belfast, Northern Ireland
(Solo show)

2004
Inside Out
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

In Residence
Scottish Royal Academy of Arts Edinburgh, Scotland

2003
The Consistency of Shadows:
Exhibition Catalogues as Autonomous Works of Art

Betty Rymer Gallery Art Institute of Chicago, USA

2001
I’m a Stranger here myself
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

2001
Tracing Echoes
Dimbola Lodge, Home of Julia Margaret Cameron, Isle of Wight, England
(Solo Show)

Playing Detective
Convergence: International Arts Festival, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
(Solo Show)

2000-2001
Vague but True
Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham; Real Artspace, Limerick;
Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; Arnolfini, Bristol, England

1999
6/24 Left, 6/36 Right
Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

1998
Haunting Houses
Lotherton Hall, Yorkshire

The Fitting
City Art Gallery, Leeds & Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, England
(Solo Show)

1997
Domus: North & South Nomadic Spaces
York & London, England

A Company of Strangers
Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery, England

Selected Artist Residencies

2015
Altas Arts, Isle of Skye, Scotland

2014
Stills Edinburgh, Scotland

2009-10
Glasgow Women’s Library
Glasgow, Scotland

2003
Hospitalfield House
Arbroath, Scotland

2002
Prestongrange Industrial Museum
East Lothian, Scotland

2001
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, USA

2000
Convergence International Arts Festival
Rhode Island, USA

2000
Dimbola Lodge
Isle of Wight, England

Selected Publications/Essays/Catalogues

2016
‘Whither the roots? Photographing the Erased Home,’ in
Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies edited by Marion Arnold and Marsha Meskimmon. (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016).

Travelling the Archive: Uncovering memory in Kyleakin with the Joan Wilcock Collection
(Isle of Skye: Atlas Arts, 2016)

‘From Car Showroom to Casino: A Midlothian Site of History,’ in True North: From Documentation to Re-writing History, edited by Anna Insa Vermehen. (Helmsdale: Timespan, 2016).

2014
21 Revolutions: New writing and prints inspired by the collection at Glasgow’s Women’s Library edited by Adele Patrick. (Glasgow: Glasgow Women’s Library & Freight Books, 2014).

2013
‘Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: Generosity and the Digital Exchange of Family photographs,’ in The Photograph and the Album, edited by Theresa Wilkie, Jonathan Carson & Rosie Miller. (Edinburgh UK & Cambridge USA: MuseumsEtc, 2014).

2012
Kingsley, Hope. Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present
(London: National Gallery Company, 2012). For discussion of Jasmin, Tracing Echoes, see Expression and Memory, Portrait Photographs. pp. 57-92

2011
‘Assemblage: A Toolkit with Pictures’
In Studies in Photography, The Scottish Society for the History of Photography, 2011. pp.64-75

2010
Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place
Essays by Kirsten Lloyd, Ray McKenzie, and Rhona Warwick
Edited by Cheryl Connell (Edinburgh: Stills, 2010)

2004
‘Nicky Bird: Behind the Screens’
Artists’ Residencies 2003/4
Essays by Illiyana Nedkova, (Edinburgh: Stills, 2004)

2002
‘Nicky Bird, Tracing Echoes: A Critical Romance’ by Russell Roberts
Portfolio: the catalogue of contemporary photography in Britain
No 35

2001
Tracing Echoes
Essays by Pamela Gerrish Nunn, Russell Roberts, and Philippa Wright
Edited by Michelle Hirschhorn, (Leeds: Wild Pansy Press, 2001)

1998
Red Herrings
Edited by Corinne Miller & Chris Taylor, (Leeds: Wild Pansy Press, 1998)

Haunting Houses
Artists Nicky Bird, Joanne Morris, Lynn Turner
Essay by Elsa Clen. Edited by Lynn Turner, (Leeds: Wild Pansy Press, 1998)

Selected Conference Papers, Guest Lectures & Artist Talks

2016
‘Travelling the Archive: Uncovering memory in Kyleakin with the Joan Wilcock Collection’
4th International Conference of Photography & Theory (ICPT2016) PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE EVERYDAY
Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus, December 2016

2015
Picture, Places and Living Memory
Celebrating the work of Annette Kuhn
Queen Mary University of London, London, June 2015

2014
‘On a Scottish Edge’
Of the Earth: Art, Photography, Writing and the Environment
Plymouth University, Plymouth, October 2014

‘Wanted: New Custodians for ‘family’ photographs’
Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory
Birkbeck, University of London, July 2014

‘Archaeology of the Ordinary’
How Do We Study Objects?
Artefacta, Helsinki, Finland, May 2014

Guest Lecture
‘Voyaging Voices: Reflections on a Glasgow Women’s Library Residency’
Public and Personal Archives – Creative Negotiations
University of Sussex, Brighton, April 2014

Guest Lecture
‘Question for Seller – re-emergence of photographic archives in artist books’
Pages International Contemporary Artists’ Book fair Leeds, March 2014

2013
‘Returning to the Erased Home,’ The Place of Memory
Universities Art Association of Canada, Banff, October 2013

‘Saw this and thought of you’
Remembering, Forgetting, Imagining: The Practices of Memory
Fordham University, New York, USA, March 2013

2012
Guest Artist, Talking Art Series
Atlas, Isle of Skye, Scotland, November 2012

‘Whither the roots: photographing the erased home’
Home/Land: Women, Citzenship, Photographies
Loughborough University, Loughborough, July 2012

Guest Lecture
Between Nature & Culture:Photography as Mediation & Method
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, June 2012

‘Looking a gift horse: Generosity and the Digital Exchange of Family Photographs’
Family Ties: Representation and Recollection,
University of London, London, March 2012

2011
Respondent & Workshop Leader
Connecting the Dots: Virtuality, Technology & Feminism in the Museum,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, September 2011.

2010
Guest Artist
The Future in The Past: 3 Artists on High Rise
CCA, Glasgow, with The Drouth and The Urban Lab, October 2010

‘Artist as listening Post’
Transmission: Hospitality
Sheffield Hallam University, July 2010

2009
‘Returning home, coming back with questions’
Framing Time & Place: Repeats & Returns in Photography
University of Plymouth, Plymouth, April 2009

2003
‘Parallel re/searches: an artist in the archive’
On A Portrait: The Aesthetic & Social World of Julia Margaret Cameron
National Museum of Photography, Film & TV, Bradford, May 2003

Selected Awards & Commissions

2015
Artist Commission
Atlas Arts, Isle of Skye, Scotland

2014
Alt-W Production Award: Heritage Site

2012
Artist Commission
Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow, Scotland

2011
Artist Commission
The Peter Potter Gallery/Heritage Lottery, East Lothian, Scotland

2009
Visual Artist Award
East Lothian Council, Scotland
Publications Award
The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation

2008
Artist Commission
Stills, Edinburgh, Scotland

2007
Creative & Production Artist Award
Scottish Arts Council

2005
Production Award Alt-W

2004
British Academy Research Grant
National Lottery Award Scottish Arts Council

2003
Artist’s Research and Training Award
Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

2001
Artist commission
Convergence International Arts Festival, USA

2000
Assistance Grant, Scottish Arts Council
Arts & Humanities Research Board Project Grant

1997
A4E Lottery Express Project Grant: ‘Haunting Houses’
A4E Lottery Express Project Grant: ‘6/24 Left, 6/36 Right’

1994-1997
The Stanley Burton PhD Scholarship

Academic Experience (Teaching & PhD Supervision Completions)

2006-
PhD Coordinator (0.5)
Fine Art & Design 

Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

2014
Supervisor, PhD in Digital Art Practice
Glasgow School of Art: Alison Clifford

2013
External Supervisor, PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts Practice
Universities of Highland Islands/Aberdeen: Amanda Thomson

Supervisor (Director of Studies from 2010)
PhD in Fine Art (Photography)
Glasgow School of Art: Nina Bacos

2010
Supervisor, PhD in Interaction Design
Glasgow School of Art: Chloe Matus

2009
Supervisor (Director of Studies from 2006)
PhD in Design illustration & Anthropology
Glasgow School of Art: Glen Taylor

2004
Supervisor, PhD programme in Fine Art
Northumbria University: Henna Asikainen

2003
Supervisor, PhD programme in Fine Art
Northumbria University: Silvana Macedo-Lamb

1997-2006
Associate Senior Lecturer (0.5)
BA (Hons) Contemporary Photographic Practice
Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

1997
Visiting Lecturer, BA Visual Cultures, University of Derby

Academic Experience (Examination)

2012-2016
External Examiner, MA Photography
University of Sunderland, Sunderland

2015
External Examiner, PhD
University of Westminister, London: Resubmission pending

External Examiner, PhD
University of Leeds, Leeds: Hui-Hsuan Hsu

External Examiner, PhD
University of Plymouth, Plymouth: Kayla Parker

2012-2016
External Examiner, BA (Hons) History of Art
Goldsmiths, University of London, London

2014
External Examiner, PhD
University of Ulster, Belfast: Corrections pending

2014
External Examiner, PhD in Fine Art
Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds: Corrections pending

External Examiner, PhD by Published Works
University of Carlisle/Lancaster University:
Professor Robert Williams

2012
External Examiner, PhD in Fine Art
University of Ulster, Belfast: Magellan Clancy

External Examiner, PhD in Photography
University of Sunderland, Sunderland: Michele Allen

External Examiner, PhD in Fine Art
University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh College of Art: John Farrugia

2011
External Examiner, PhD in Fine Art
Newcastle University: Matthew Smith

2009-2012
External Examiner, School of History & Theory of Fine Art
Slade School of Art, London

2009-2011
External Examiner, BA (Hons.) Photography
Southampton Solent University, Southampton

2008
Internal Examiner, PhD in Historical & Critical Studies
Glasgow School of Art: David Sweeney

2007
External Examiner, PhD in Fine Art
University of Leeds, Leeds: John Crossley

2006-09
External Examiner, Critical Theory, BA (Hons.) Fine Art
Birmingham City University Birmingham

2006
External Examiner, PhD in Art History
University of Ulster, Belfast: Louise Wallace

2005-08
External Examiner, BA (Hons.) Fine Art
Arts Institute of Bournemouth, Poole

2002-05
External Examiner, MA in Feminism & Visual Arts (Feminist Theories & Practice)
University of Leeds, Leeds

1997-2000
External Examiner, BA Subject Applied Photographic Practice
University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Other relevant professional experience

2016
Event Organiser, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
Through a Northern Lens: Women, Picture Place
Co-organised with Frances Robertson
Speakers: Dr. Mervi Lofgren (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland), Dr. Sarah Neely (University of Stirling), Shona Main (writer, film-maker and PhD candidate, University of Stirling) and Jenny Brownrigg, researcher, writer and curator (GSA)

2015
Event Organiser, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
Family Ties Network: Subject Missing
Speakers: Anne Brodie, Laura Gonzalez (GSA), Michail Mersinis (GSA) and Jacqueline Butler (Manchester Metropolitan University / GSA)

2012-
Collaborator
Family Ties Network
Research group of artists, filmmakers and writers who explore memory, space, place and the family in photography and moving image

2012
Evaluator
Major Art & Science Research Project, Austrian Science Fund

2012
Advisor-Mentor
‘Feminism, Participation and Encounters in the Virtual Museum: Becoming a Radical, Sustainable Museum (Practice)’ by Nancy Proctor, in Politics in a Glass Case eds. Angela Dimitrakaki and Lara Perry, Liverpool University Press, 2013

2011-
Peer Reviewer
Photographies, Routledge

2011-
Branch Secretary
Glasgow School of Art / University College Union

2010
Writer/Artist-Interviewer, Artist In Residence 2010:
Small Communities, Small Worlds
Stills and Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy

2009-10
Artist Mentor, Creating Connections: Critical Exchange
Arts Council of England North East

2007
Consultant Artist
Curatorial Advisory Group, Belsay Hall, English Heritage

2006-07
Panel Member
Edinburgh Visual Arts and Crafts Awards

Mentor-Supervisor
PhD in Fine Art, University of Leeds

2005
Lead Artist
Below Stairs at Newhailes
National Trust of Scotland & National Galleries of Scotland partnership project

1998-2009
Reviewer
Art Monthly

1998
Conference Organizer, Site Gallery, Sheffield:
‘Playing Detective: Facts, Fictions & the work of Sophie Calle’
Speakers: Mark Durden, Hilary Robinson & Irit Rogoff

1997
Conference Organizer, Site Gallery, Sheffield:
‘I can’t explain it all myself’
Speakers: Art Historians Fred Orton & Rosemary Betterton; Artists Olivier Richon, Karen Knorr, Bernard Prinz & Dany Lerche