Nicola Dale: Figurehead

09 January - 31 January 2019

Nicola Dale is a Northern artist primarily working with sculpture and performance.

Dale holds a MA with Distinction in Visual Culture and a First Class BA (Hons) in Interactive Arts both from Manchester School of Art. Since then, she has exhibited internationally and undertaken residencies in London and Shanghai, amongst others, and was previously a Library Interventionist at Leeds Arts University (2016).

Her practice is conceptually-rooted, exploring the processes of knowledge-making. Much of her work investigates practices of reading. ‘Figurehead’ documents her recent research in Rome* on the iconography of St Jerome – the patron saint of libraries. The exhibition will manifest as a gallery show and series of performances extending into the new Library.

As part of this project, we are delighted to be collaborating with Corridor8 magazine on a Writing Residency. Saffron Ward has been selected to develop a new text in relation to Dale’s practice which will be subsequently published by C8.


Closing event: Thursday 31 January 5-7pm
Join us for the closing event which includes a performance by the artist as well as the launch of a free, limited edition publication with new texts by Saffron Ward and Sara Riccardi in collaboration with Corridor8 magazine and Dust Collective. Refreshments served, all welcome!

Image: Nicola Dale, Close Readings Scene4, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and reproduced with kind permission.

* Nicola Dale's research trip to Rome was funded by The British Council and Arts Council England.

  • 09 January - 31 January 2019
  • Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, LS2 9AQ (Get Directions)