Nicola Ellis

Lives and works in Manchester UK


Solo exhibitions and projects


2018      Chemistry and Magic, straight down the line. Commission for The National Festival of Making,               Blackburn UK

2017      Front and Back. The Birley, Preston UK

              Sculpture: a fabrication. AIR Gallery Altrincham UK

2015      It’ll hold until it breaks. Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough, UK

              More room for error ArcadeCardiff Wales

              More room for error Site specific installation at &Model Leeds UK and

              More room for error  Site specific installation at Bloc Projects, Sheffield UK

2014      You won’t see that bit anyway. Commission, 20 21 VAC Scunthorpe, UK

2013      Sculpture Series- Quays Culture. Exhibition 1, The Studio, Media City, Salford Quays UK

2009      Full Circle. PAD Gallery, Preston UK.



Group exhibitions


2019      Each Toward the Other, three person show at Bury Sculpture Centre, Bury UK

              Major conversations’ pt.1 Platform A Gallery, Middlesbrough UK
              CONTINUUM, Allenheads Contemporary Arts at the North Pennines Observatory UK

              Major Conversations pt.2  The Turnpike Gallery, Leigh UK.

2018      Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions. DOX, Prague and

              Castlefield Gallery UK

2017      Drawing for sculpture. 20 21 VAC Scunthorpe, UK

              Transfuse: Three weeks of sculpture at The Great Medical Disaster. Manchester UK

              Fix. ICW, Blackpool UK

2016      From A to C, this being B. Caustic Coastal, Salford UK

              NY open, NY space, Manchester UK

              Means. Unit, Blackpool UK

              Da Vinci Engineered. Zebedees Yard, Hull UK

2015      Cascading Relevant Information. Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool UK

              The Manchester Contemporary with Castlefield Gallery, TMC, Manchester UK

              In Emergency Break Glass. Manchester Art Gallery. Manchetser UK

2014      The shape of things to come. Stour Valley Arts, Kent, UK

2013      The Manchester Contemporary with Castlefield Gallery, TMC, Manchester UK

              A priori. University of Central Lancashire, Preston UK

              Head to head: Nicola Ellis and Aura Satz. Commission, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester UK

              Means of feedback. Cube Gallery, Manchester UK

              Some recent examples. Lever street, Manchester UK

              Four. Commission by Cornerhouse, Manchester UK

2012      Meanwhile see this. Castlefield Gallery, Manchester UK

              Cabedal. Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon, Portugal

              Part of the programme. FAFA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

2011      Neo:artprize. Neogallery22, Bolton UK

              Against the grain performance. Emergency Accommodation. BMC.  Manchester UK

              We are all in this together. Bureau, Manchester UK

2010      Ink-Coherent: encounters with the Harris. Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston UK

              Ex-Libris. International print biennial, Serbia.

2009      Experimental Film and Video Art Vol 2. The New Continental, Preston UK

2004      Resonance. Liverpool Biennial. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool UK





2018       Art in Manufacturing residency at Ritherdon Ltd for The National Festival of Making

               BEYOND open door residency, Allenheads Contemporary Arts at the North Pennines Observatory, UK

2017       FIX. ICW Blackpool UK

2016       3rd Floor Studios residency. Manchester UK

2014       Merz Barn Residency, Merz Barn, Cumbria UK

               Stour Valley Arts Residency, Kent, UK

2011       Secs and Death Cells. The Hive, Manchester. UK



Touring exhibitions


2010       This is England. CFCA Preston and UOL Pakistan.

2009       Triple Echo. UCLAN Preston, JMU Liverpool, Wirral Metropolitan College and Bristol University



Grants and Awards

2019       ACE Grant for the Arts for ‘Return to Ritherdon’, a two year Artist Placement at steel enclosure                manufacturer Ritherdon & Co Ltd.

2017       Manchester International Festival Creative50

               ACE Grants for the Arts for ‘Sculpture: a fabrication’ research and development project.

2016       ACE Grants for the Arts for ‘Play/pause: The turbulent history of UK steel’ research project

2014       ACE Grants for the Arts for More room for error practice development project

2013       Selected as an inaugural artist supported by Mark Devereux Projects

2010       St Helens Strategic Themed Grant

2007       CADGE Funding UCLAN





2019        No Particular Place to Go? 35 years of sculpture at Castlefield Gallery

2017        From A to C; This being B

2015        More Room for error: Nicola Ellis

2013        Mark Devereux Projects: Nicola Dale | David Ogle| Nicola Ellis

2012        Corridor 8 Contemporary Art and Writing Journal issue 3, Annual 2012

                Quick slow Part 3



Work in private and public collections within the UK





2010 – 2011   MA Fine, Art Manchester School of Art

2005 – 2009   BA hons Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire