Nicholas Devison

Biography

I trained at Wimbledon School of Art and completed my MA in Fine Art Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2000. I have contributed to exhibitions and conferences on a national and international basis and have work represented in a number of collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. I have taught in art schools for a number of years and from 2001 to 2013 was Course Leader for MA Fine Art and MA Printmaking at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. I moved with my family to Scotland in 2013 and now live and work near Edinburgh.

In recent work I have manipulated found imagery in an attempt to elaborate new patterns of meaning from disparate and sometimes fragmented source material.  The images, many of which allude to the history of technology, from cosmological diagrams to renaissance perspectival illustration, are reimagined as a means of exploring ideas of location, mapping, time and space.

I have curated a number of shows including Viewfinder which brought together the research interests of artists whose work engaged with assumed readings of the digital and photographic image. The project embraced a wide range of practice from traditional through digital and brought together academics from Anglia Ruskin, Oxford Brooks, Northampton Universities and UAL's LCC, and Camberwell College of Arts. Viewfinder toured on an international basis travelling to Seoul, South Korea; Melbourne, Australia; Northampton and Cambridge UK. In support of this exhibition I chaired a symposium with speakers Professor Paul Coldwell and Gill Saunders (Senior Curator of Prints at the V&A).

I contributed to the last three IMPACT International Printmaking exhibitions and conferences: chairing a panel discussion in Tallinn 2007, addressing the status of printmaking within fine art pedagogy and curated Provenance at University of the West of England Bristol in 2009 and Viewfinder for Monash University Melbourne in 2011. Other recent exhibitions include the International Northern Print Biennale Newcastle 2011, Bite London 2011, Seventh International Miniprint Triennial 2011 and Penang International Print Exhibition 2010.

ACADEMIC QUALIFIACTIONS   

1999-2000                  
Camberwell College of Arts
M.A. Fine Art Printmaking 

1985-1988                   
Wimbledon School of Art, London
BA (Hons) Fine Art – Painting (2:1)

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS  

2011                           
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

EMPLOYMENT

 

2016 –Present

Edinburgh Printmakers

Member Board Of Directors

 

Leith School of Art

Lecturer in Printmaking

 

2015 –Present

Edinburgh Napier University

Visiting Lecturer for BA Visual Research

 

2013 – Present

Freelance teaching and lecturing:

Edinburgh Printmakers

Seacourt Centre for Contemporary Printmaking

 

2001 - 20013                
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU): Cambridge School of Art
Course Leader:
BA Fine Art Printmaking,
MA Fine Art 
MA Printmaking 

Responsibilities included course management, course design and curriculum development documentation and validation, marketing and recruitment, personnel management, teaching, lecturing, seminars and workshops, review and assessment and pastoral support. Coordination of Anglia Ruskin University’s AA2A Artists’ Access to Art Colleges programme. Left employment for our family relocation. 

1999-2002                   

EXTERNAL ROLES                               

2007                           
Norwich School of Art
External Panel Member for Final Assessment Panel

2005                           
Arts Institute Bournemouth
External Panel Member for Validation of Foundation Degree in Printmaking

 2002                           
Cambridge Regional College
External Panel Member for validation of Dip. HE Fine Art

 

1999-2002                  
LCA London College of Arts
External Examiner for PJ College of Art and Design Malaysia
Higher Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design 


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2014

 

Combinations

Seacourt Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Bangor Northern Ireland

http://www.markgraver.com/combinations/

 

Dark Matter

Seacourt Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Bangor Northern Ireland

 

2013

 

Road Sweepers and Dust Junkies.
Box set Publication launched as part of ‘Transverse Mappings: Print, Media and Beyond’ IMPACT 8 International Printmaking Exhibition and Conference. University of Dundee
http://www.conf.dundee.ac.uk/impact8/people/biographies-2/nicholas-devison/

 

2012

 

Viewfinder: Avenue Gallery, the University of Northampton
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150801489128249&set=a.10150801487613249.433295.110911768248&type=1&theater

 

Niche
Niche Project Space Cambridge
Joint exhibition of staff and Postgradate work

2011

 

Viewfinder: Ruskin Gallery
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/ruskin_gallery/archive_201112/viewfinder.html

International Print Biennale Print Awards
Hatton Gallery Newcastle Univesrity, Newcastle UK
http://www.internationalprintbiennale.org.uk/artists/nicholas-devison.html
Catalogue
ISBN 978-0-9555846

Bite: Artists Making Prints
Mall Galleries London UK

IMPACT 7: Intersections & Counterpoints.
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
http://impact7.org.au/exhibitions/devison.html

Viewfinder
Artspace H, Seoul, South Korea
http://mu2.nayana.kr/~artspaceh/bbs/view.php?id=exhibition_past&page=1&sn1=&divpage=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=48

Catalogue ISBN 978-0-9568975-0-3

 2010

Seventh International Miniprint Triennial
Lahti Art Museum Finland
http://www.lahdentaidegraafikot.fi/miniprint2010/galleria.php?id=31 http://www.lahdenmuseot.fi/main.php?id=241&lahti_art_museum

Catalogue ISBN 952-92-7930-2

 2nd Penang International Print Exhibition
Penang State Museum & Art Gallery, Malaysia
http://www.penangmuseum.gov.my/    http://web.usm.my/art/penangprint2010/

Catalogue ISBN 978-983-42376-4-6


2009

IMPACT 6 International Printmaking Exhibition and Conference
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England
http://www.impact.uwe.ac.uk/events/individual_exhibitions_uwe.html

2006

Three Contemporary Printmakers
Flowers East, London

National Print Competition Originals’ 06
Mall Galleries London

 2005     

2 Person Show
Curwen Gallery, London

Group Print Show
Flowers East, London

2004
Contemporary Prints 2
London Print Studio, London

Small is Beautiful – Part XXII
Flowers Central, London

National Print Competition: Originals’ 04
Mall Galleries London


COLLECTIONS

Victoria and Albert Museum London

Cable and Wireless, London

British Airports Authority, London

‘One Aldwich’, London

Eversheds, Architercts, Cambridge


BIBLIOGRAPHY and AWARDS

Print Quarterly Volume XXIX

'The International Print Biennale'
Gill Saunders (2012)

‘Printmaking on a Budget’.

Stephen Mumberson A&C Black. (2008)

Guardian Weekend Magazine

Charlotte Abrahams, January (2001)

'The Alternative Arts

Collection' Time Out Magazine.

Sarah Kent, July 1993

 ‘Two Abstract Painters'

Guardian Newspaper.

Tim Hilton, May1989

Intaglio Print Prize 1999

Edward Ardizzone Print Prize 2000

Shortlisted by Flowers East Gallery

For The Jerwood Platform Prize 2003