Within her practice Robyn focuses on the themes of heritage, identity and locality, with Yorkshire’s historical textile industry and its preservation acting as her main inspiration. She explores this history in a contemporary context through her family’s links to Keighley and Bradford, along with the everyday objects and brands around her that have shaped the aesthetic decisions in her work. A large element of Robyn's practice also focuses on the importance of skill sharing and nurturing confidence to enable individuals to take up a textile based skill that will positively impact on their mental health. Although simplistic in its intention, Robyn aims for her work to be accessible to those, such as her family, who have not had access to an arts education. 

b. 1995 | Based in West Yorkshire

Available for freelance projects, please contact: nicholrobyn@yahoo.co.uk / @robynnichol 


EDUCATION

2014-2017 | Lancaster University | BA Fine Art

2013-2014 | Leeds Arts University | Foundation Diploma in Art & Design


COMMISSIONED WORK

2021, May | Beer mat design | Weird Euros x adidas Football Collective

2021, February | Micro mural design | Bradford 2025: City of Culture Bid

2020, January | Embroidery pattern design | DMC

2019, November | Social media collaboration | Lazy Oaf


WORKSHOPS/TALKS

2021, September | Archive embroidery workshop series | South Square Centre, Bradford

2021, April Embroidery workshop series and activity pack for The FOLD | Online

2021, March | Visiting artist talk | Leeds City College, Online

2020, November and 2021, January | Archive embroidery workshop series | South Square Centre, Online

2020, February | Career workshop with Graft & Up North Arts | The Gregson Centre, Lancaster

2018, May | Embroidery workshop with Graft | St Nicholas Arcade, Lancaster


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022, March | K Town Shopper Arts Trail | Keighley, Bradford

2021, March | Saying Something/Something To Be Said | The Margate School, Kent

2020, February | GRAFT x Up North Arts | Kanteena, Lancaster

2019, November | This Way Up | The Wrong Biennale, Online

2019, October | Banner Culture | British Textile Biennial, Brierfield Mill

2019, July | 50 miles, 100 voices, 200 years | People's History Museum, Manchester

2019, May | guiltee pleasures | oh kay gall, York

2018, November | Where Are You In These Interesting Times? | AIR Gallery, Altrincham

2018, May | Hard Graft | St Nicholas Arcade, Lancaster

2018, March | Ones to Watch | Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds

2017, November | An Exchange of Sorts | Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

2017, July | In Visible Lines | Scaffold Gallery, New Art Spaces, Bolton

2017, June | is this real lyf?? | Commercial Union House, Newcastle

2017, May | Aftertaste | The Trophy Room, Liverpool


FEATURES

ONLINE

2022, February | The Independent | Artist celebrates Yorkshire identity with stitch tribute to favourite chippy | Lottie Kilraine

2021, June | Dezeen | Designers celebrate iconic football moments on Weird Euros beer mats | Amy Frearson

2021, April | Creative Lives in Progress | Interview with Marianne Hanoun

2021, February | Young Artists In Conversation | Interview with Pippa Eason

2021, January | Sister Magazine | The Artists Redefining the North Through Textiles | Laura Molloy

2020, November | People of Print | Interview with Robyn Pitts

2020, June | Artists and Friends | Podcast Interview

2020, April | Refinery29 | Anything but Twee | Sadhbh O'Sullivan

2019, September | It's Nice That | Interview with Jyni Ong

2017, June | Art in Liverpool | Review of Aftertaste | Devon Forrester-Jones


RADIO & PRINT

2022, March | The Keighley News | Weekend event to showcase talents | Alistair Shand

2022, February | BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast Show | Interview with Richard Stead (& Online)

2022, February | The Yorkshire Post | Nar then...

2020, May | Still Lives | Issue 1

2018, May | FILLER | Comfort

2017, July | Longing for Home | Issue 1


PRIZES

2019, May | Open Contemporary Young Artist Award | The Biscuit Factory | Shortlisted

2017, November | Graduate Art Prize | Artiq | Shortlisted

2017, June | Dean's Prize for Fine Art | Lancaster University | Winner

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