Barbara Nicholls lives in the UK



2019         Sedimentärer Fluss Städtisches Museum- Galerie im Centrum-Wesel, Germany

                  Barbara Nicholls The Turnpike Gallery, Leigh

2018         Grosse Watercolours Turps Gallery, London

2017         Sedimentary Flow The New Art Gallery Walsall

2015         Geological Influence Clarence Mill Bollington

2013         Amalgam Tourhaus Rombergpark Dortmund Germany

                  Telpost Millingen ann de Rhjn Netherlands

                  Residue  Colart London

2011         Turnaround  Pavillon am Milchhof Berlin Germany

2010         And In Berlin Central Space London

                  Emerge AVA University of East London

2009         Beneath Berlin Milchhof Berlin Germany

2008         Borders Codes and Crossings A.P.T Gallery London

2006         Darkness to Light  AVA London

2005         Characters of Fire Electric Cinema & Gate Cinema London

                  Quarry Parfitt Gallery London UK

2002         City Movements Lyric Square, London

2001         What Passing-Bells  Stockport War Memorial and Art Gallery

2000         War and Remembrance East London Gallery, London

1999         Humanscape Kings College Hospital London


2022         Here We Go Meakin + Parsons Gallery, Oxford

2021         New Forces Knocking Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London

                  The Visitors Morley Gallery, London

                  Rhythm Adjust TM Lighting, London

                  Beelden Op De Kaart Kunst in Millingen The Netherlands

                  The Spiritual Exercises 2

                  Wavelengths: Abstraction on Paper Aleph Contemporary, London

2020         The Collectors Room JGM Gallery, London

                  MailArt Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany

                  The Spiritual Exercises

2019         Recent Acquisitions Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany

                  Earthworks JGM Gallery London 

                  Testing Unit 3 London

2018         Lakebed Concordia Gallery Sydney, Australia

                 10 Jähringen Kunstverein Kleve Germany

                  Lakebed Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery NSW Australia

                  Testing 1>2 Unit 3 London 

2016         Halve Bunder  Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands

2015         Et in Arcadia Ego: Welchaos & Idlle  Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany

2014         Flat Files Pierogi Gallery New York USA

                  Industry PAPER Gallery Manchester

                  Control  ArToll Bedburg Hau Germany

                  Water + Colour  Griffin Gallery London

2013         Afterimage Emerson Gallery Berlin Germany (co curator with Karen


                  Fort Pannerden Doornenburg Netherlands

2012         Dok25a Düsseldorf Germany

                  In Front of Behind ArToll Bedburg-Hau Germany

                  Projektraum-bahnhof25 Kleve Germany

                  Specular KARST Plymouth

2010         Borderlines  Artoll Bedburg-Hau Germany

2009         Chasing Flames  Turn Berlin Berlin Germany

2006         Arcadia Orleans House London

2005         Anywhere in the World ICA London

                 Site Lines  Croydon Town Centre London

2004        Tectonic Portobello Film Festival

2000        The Trench Imperial War Museum London

                 Conflict Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

                 Siteworx Westbourne Studios London

                 Siteworx Bay 67 London

                 Religion Art & War Salon des Arts London

                 Last Stop  Strand Underground Station. London

                 California State University, Northridge USA

                 Watts Tower Arts Centre, California USA

                 Self Help Graphics, California USA

                 Three Artists Cremer Street Gallery, London

1998        Ethereal Central Point Gallery, London

                 Greengate Gallery, University of East London

                 Contingent Lots Riverside Studios London

                 London Print Workshop, London

                 Museu de Arte Brasilerira – FAAP Sao Paolo. Brazil

                 Museu de Arte Do Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

                 Fundacao Cultural de Curitiba Brazil

                 MAC Midlands Arts Centre Birmingham

                 Morley Gallery. London

                 London Print Studio

                 Stichting Grfisch Atelier, Utrecht the Netherlands

                 The Open South London Gallery

                 Café Gallery Open Café Gallery London


Public:     Museum Kurhaus Kleve Germany

                 Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany

                 The New Art Gallery Walsall

                 Kings College Hospital, London


Private:   New York, Connecticut, London, Germany, France, Iran


2020         Arts Council England Individual Artist Award

2014         Arts Council England Individual Artist R&D Award

2011         Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Individual Artist Award

2009         Arts Council England Individual Artist Award

2004         West Way Development Trust  Artist Award

                  Oppenheim John Downes Memorial Trust Artist Award

                  Eaton Fund for Artists  Artist Award

1997         Campden Charities Artist Award


2021         Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst    Germany

2020         Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst    Germany

2019         Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst    Germany

                  The Turnpike Gallery, Leigh                                       UK

2018         Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst    Germany

2017         Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst    Germany

2016         Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst    Germany

2016         Mungo World Heritage Site NSW                             Australia

2016         Telpost. Millingen ann Rijn                                        Netherlands

2014         Control ArTolll co organiser with Matthijs Muller  Germany

2013         Telpost. Millingen ann Rijn                                        Netherlands

2012         Winsor and Newton London                                     UK

2012         ArToll Bedburg-Hau                                                    Germany

2010         ArToll Bedburg-Hau                                                    Germany

2009         Ateliergemeinschaft, Milchhof e.V.Berlin                Germany

1994         British Council                                                             Brazil

1992         MMU (formerly Manchester Polytechnic)               UK

BIBLIOGRAPHY- reviews, articles and essays

2020   Oscar Gazsi Laki, Christian, Kunst per Post im Museum Westdeutsche Zeitung Krefeld                   (20.06.20)

            Kirwan-Taylor, Helen, Class and Staff The Times (11.02.20)

2019   Kruck, Johannes, Fleißende Farben folgen dem Fluss im Museum in Wesel 

            NRZ (29.05.19)

            Ferguson, Susan, Barbara Nicholls Northern Soul (03.07.19)

            Mutch, James, Artist draws inspiration from Leigh's Heritage Leigh Journal  (26.05.19)

            Bolivar, Juan, Earthworks Exhibition catalogue essay JGM Gallery London (13.03.19)

2018   Roulstone, Karen  On Barbara Nicholls Turps Banana Edition #20

2017   Clark, Robert, The New Art Gallery Walsall Guardian Guide (05.08.17)

            Averty, Jack, The New Art Gallery exhibits Monumental Watercolours by Barbara                         Nicholls Express and Star (14.08.17)

            Roberts, Emily, Outback Icons Inspire Art  The Barrier Daily Truth (24.11.17)

            O'Reilly, Liz Lakebed  Exhibition catalogue Broken Hill Art Gallery Australia

            10 Art Exhibitions to see in August Royal Academy Magazine (01.08.17)

             Nijtmans, Anne, Volgende rondje buitenkunst  De Gelderlander (09.03.17)

             Holman, Martin, Sedimentärer Fluss monograph

             Black Dog Publishing (01.07.17)

             Holman, Martin, Sedimentary Flow monograph

             Black Dog Publishing (01.07.17)

2016    Wouters, Lisette, Moeder Natuur moet verder boetseren aan

             kunstwerken De Gelderlander (31.08.16)

             Middelkoop, Anja, Bodemmonsters op de Halve Bunder in De Rozet

             Kirwan-Taylor, Helen, Bright Young Things The Sunday Telegraph (04.09.16)

             Krupski, Britanny 10 artist’s to watch using watercolour

             ArtPin USA (26.02.16)

2015    Holman, Martin, Et in Arcadia Ego Welchaos und Idylle  Museum Kurhaus

             Kleve catalogue

             Frost, Heiner, Bange machen gilt nicht! Schreibkraft (10.07.15)

             Matthias, Welchaos und Idylle, Rheinische Post

             Gronewald, Claudia, Das Paradies ist vergiftet Neiderrhein Nachrichten

             Hale, Matt, Geological Influence Bollington Live no 64

             Britton, Karen, Geological Influence in Macclesfield Express

             Museum Kurhaus Kleve New Acquisition. Museums Reporter Nr 18

2014    Frost, Heiner,  Ein Spiegel vertrocknet Neiderhein Nachrichten (31.10.14)

             Trip, Tim,  Brauchen wir Kontrolle? Klever Wochenblatt (2.11.14)

2014     Middelkoop, Anja, Telpost Millingen  Book

2013     Zubairi, Jamie, Water+Colour Sosogay online (24.02.13)

              Michaela Nolte, After Image, UK Trifft Berlin, art review, "Kunststücke."

              Tagesspiegel, Berlin, Germany. (04.08.12)

              Expositie in Telpost De Rozet Amalgam Michael Lempkin 


2012     Frost, Heiner Wandlung und Verwandlung im bh25Neiderhein


              Daams, Andreas, Nachricten aus der Zwischenwelt NRZ (02.3.2012)

              Grass, Matthias Der Käfe und die Malerinnen Rheinische

              Post (06.03. 2012)

              In Front of Behind Catalogue ArToll

2010      Borderlines Rheinische Post

               And In Berlin  Catalogue essay Karen Raney

               Borderlines Catalogue ArToll

2008      Suchin, Peter,  Borders Codes and Crossings  catalogue essay

2001      McLarnon, Oliver What Passing Bells  catalogue essay

               Pugh, Rachel Pieces of War  Manchester Evening News

2001      10.11.01 Interview BBC Radio Manchester

2000      Teaching Art Helen Kirwan-Taylor The Financial Times


2022        Meakin & Parsons Gallery Oxford with Jillian Knipe

2021        Morley Gallery as part of 'The Visitors' exhibition

                 Payne, Hannah, The Art Five Interview (10.01.21)

2020        Payne, Hannah, Aleph Contemporary 

2019        Turnpike Gallery Leigh with Helen Stalker

                 Turnpike Gallery Leigh with Hannah Gaunt

2018        Turps Gallery London with Juan Bolivar

2017        The New Art Gallery Walsall. In Conversation series with

                 Head of Exhibitions Deborah Robinson

2015        Museum Kurhaus Kleve with Director Prof. Harald Kunde,

                 curator Susanne Figner and Ilka Sulten

2013        Emerson Gallery Berlin with Matt Hale

                 Griffin Gallery London with Alf Loehr

2011        AVA London with Faisal Abdullah


1999-06   University of East London

                 Doctorate in Fine Art

1996-98   University of East London

                 MA Fine Art

1983-86   Goldsmiths College University of London

                 BA (hons) Fine Art

1982-83   Manchester Metropolitan University (formerly Manchester Polytechnic)

                 Foundation Studies in Art & Design


Current:  Turps Banana, Morley College, Central St Martins

Past:        Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins, Reading University, University of                      Lincoln, Lancaster University, St Helens University, Oxford Brookes University,

                 University of East London, Manchester Metropolitan University,

                 Sheffield Hallam University, University of Plymouth, University of Surrey,

                 Brunel University, Croydon College of HE, West London Institute, Morley                                College.

MA Fine Art- University of East London.

Doctorate- Brighton University.


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