Jessica Meek studied textiles at the Royal College of Art. She creates geometric mixed media installation pieces with a focus on material combinations- hard and soft, natural and synthetic with processes both digital and hand-rendered to create an unexpected, unique aesthetic. She is co-founder of Nice Spread.
Charlotte Brown studied at Goldsmiths and the Royal College of Art. She lives and works in London. Her work has been exhibited internationally and resides in private collections.
Her practice is object based, often intimate in scale and explores invested objects. She is currently using traditional techniques of casting and stitching to address innate human
experiences. Recent pieces have been made of lead, combined with knitted and embroidered silk and cashmere, and a series of etchings.
Much of her work is informed by a reading of Freud’s writing. She employs found objects that have undertones of the bodily, of use, of everyday intimacy, as fetishes and relics.
Devon based artist Vickie Fear uses live sculpture to explore the crossovers in performance and sculpture, whilst blurring the boundaries between comfort and discomfort, the hidden and the exposed, stillness and movement. Vickie is one of the current artists in residence at Plymouth University, where she has been focusing on the fine line between protection and restraint and working on two live sculptures, including the new work she will be presenting at Nice Spread. Born in Bath Spa, Vickie studied Fine Art & Visual Culture at the University of the West of England, Bristol and has performed at The Bluecoat in Liverpool, Arnolfini in Bristol and as part of Hazard MMX in Manchester. Vickie is also Co-Director of Hand in Glove, an artist led group, which organizes, curates and supports events and exhibitions in and around Bristol.
Liam Herne is an artist from Watford, Hertfordshire who predominately works in performance, photography and video. He has shown his work in various locations over the UK. He currently works as an Art teacher in Hertfordshire and is studying an MA in Fine Art with Learning & Teaching in Higher Education at Kingston University. At Nice Spread he will be showing the lastest of his Wrapped Up series.
Chloe is a performer, writer and director with a particular interest in immersive and interactive theatre. 'Fortress' is her second interactive installation, following 'Faithful' at Open Arts Cafe this February. She has performed at Latitude Festival, the National Student Drama Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and with companies such as Future Cinema and Paines Plough. Her writing has been featured as part of the International Student Drama Festival and Lost Theatre's 5 Minute Festival. Chloe's directing credits include a Japanese tour of Twelfth Night and an original adaptation of the book Zombie Haiku; she also recently assisted on 59 Minutes to Save Christmas, Slung Low's interactive adventure around the Barbican Centre.
Heather's work dwells in the city - exploring the urban environment and drawing upon its visual and material language. Her work aims to instigate dialogues about the city and our interaction with its spaces in relation to sculptural practice. Heather was born in Lima, Peru but lives and works in London.
Necole's work involves using the body to inscribe and experience spaces. This began with a desire to find a safe and confined space with in the public space of the gallery. In past works she sought to create an encounter between herself, as the artist, and the spectator in space, through the mediation of technologies such as video and audio recording. Using these technological devices within a constructed space to frame the interaction, her work seeks to generate a complicity in the interplay of subjectivities of maker and viewer. This intimacy seeks to both replicate and reinforce the intimate nature of the space in which the encounter takes place.
It's shaping up to be a really great show....and there are more to come!!