Conceptual research based visual practitioner

 Expressive   |   Autoethnongraphic   |   Feminist  |   Experimental   |   Activist   |    Multimedia   |   Photography   |   Digital   |  Darkroom   |   Art   |   Videography

Nicola Lewis-Dixon is a multidisciplinary artist based in Preston, who comes from a predominately photographic background and has just completed a photography MA at UCLan. 

 

Lewis-Dixon’s work is autobiographical and considers the social construct of women’s lived experience and shifting identity in today's society. Lewis-Dixon’s approach is research lead, highly expressive and conceptual in her visual output.

 

Nicola suggests how the creative process acts as a cathartic ritual within her practice, allowing deeper understanding and insight, therefore allowing healing and the ability to put the subjects to rest. 

 

Lewis-Dixon’s work explores and tests multiple methodological processes such as documentary, experimental, alternative darkroom processes, embroidery and most recently multi-sensory installations requiring video and soundscape. 

 

In her most recent work, Nicola takes us on her own healing journey,  reclaiming her body following cervical cancer and hysterectomy. Both projects ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Healing with Nature’ (a working title), are ongoing as they are used therapeutically to rediscover her own broken alienated body and heal.

 

Lewis-Dixon’s work has been featured in publications and exhibited nationally, and was granted the Lancashire Arts Festival Media Award for Photography. Since Nicola completed her MA she is currently facilitating art workshops and researching for a PhD proposal on reclaiming the body using nature and phototherapy. 

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Education

2009 -2021.    |       UCLan                              - Masters         - Photography


2016 - 2019    |       UCLan                               - Degree          -  Photography  

 

2014 - 2016    |       Myerscough College       - Btec Level 3  -  Photography    

  

 

 

Achievements

Exhibitions:

2022    |      [Group Exhibition]  - The New Forest Heritage Centre - Hampshire 

2022    |      [Group Exhibition]  -  The Grundy Art Gallery - Blackpool

2021    |     [Curator and exhibitor] - Group exhibition - PR1 Gallery - Preston

2021    |     [Group Exhibition] - PR1 Gallery - Preston

2021    |     [Group Exhibition] - Ancoats Gallery, Manchester (Exhibition cancelled due to Covid), Instagram Takeover instead.

2018    |     [Group Exhibition] - The Hatter, Preston

2017    |     [Group Exhibition] - The Harris Museum

2017    |      [Group Exhibition] - Oxheys Mill

 

 

 

Publications:

2021    |     [Digital publication]  - Mnngful Stories

2021    |     [Digital exhibition] - The mother project: Life in Lockdown

2020    |      [Group Exhibition & Publication] - Photo Culture Showcase Zine, Preston Photo Culture (Exhibition cancelled due to Covid)

2019    |      [Publication feature] - Bokeh, Women in Photography

 

2018    |      [Publication feature] - NORTH Volume IV, ISBN: 97819097550

2018    |      [Solo Publication] - Broadsheet news paper - The Maze Community

2017    |      [Publication feature] - Lancashire Life 

 

 

 

Awards:

2019    |     [Award] - Lancashire Arts Festival Media Award for Photography, Creative Lancashire & University of Central Lancashire  

 

Talks:

2021    |     [Guest speaker] - Arts and Health Hub

2021.   |     [Guest speaker] - Blind Spot

2021    |     [Guest Speaker] - MA Photography Lecture - UCLan

 

 

 

Workshops:

2021   |     [Cyanotype Workshop] - Facilitator 'Photography on Wellbeing', The Larder, Preston

2022   |     [Contection to land/art Workshop] - Facilitator 'Photography on Wellbeing'  - Photo - Walk - Swim retreat 'High Dam, The Lake District

2022   |     [Cyanotype Workshop] - Facilitator 'Photography on Wellbeing', Make Liverpool

2021   |     [Cyanotype Workshop] - Facilitator 'Photography on Wellbeing', The Larder, Preston

 

2021   |     [Cyanotype Workshop] - Facilitator for 'The Weekender', The Larder, Preston

 

Official Collaborations:

2022   |     [Collaboration and training]  - Attitude Swim Coaching - safety during water / rural-based workshops

2021   |     [Co Founder] - Photography on Wellbeing - Collaboration and socially engaged art

 

2021   |     [Collective] - Became 'The Weekender' art facilitator - Preston City Council

2020   |    [Collective] - Became 'Work Show Grow' Member 

 

 

Upcoming:

2022   |     [Contection to land/art Workshop] - Facilitator 'Photography on Wellbeing'  - Photo - Walk - Swim retreat 'High Dam, The Lake District

2022   |     [Cyanotype Workshop] - Facilitator 'Photography on Wellbeing', The Open Eye Gallery,  Liverpool

2022   |     [Group Exhibition]  -  The Open Eye Gallery Liverpool

2022.  |    [Group Exhibition]  -  The Hive Blackpool