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Nina Thomas

I graduated with a degree in Illustration from the University of Derby in 2006 and completed a Masters degree in Art and Media Practice at the University of Westminster in 2013. My research interests include: the history of underrepresented groups; the creation of immersive environments; and devising interactive ways for people to engage with that research.

I have an interest in making arts and education accessible, particularly through the mediums of artists’ publications and site-specific immersive installations. I am trustee at Stagetext and member of The Film Bunch. 

 

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News

April 2018

It was great to be part of the Digital Futures: Hearing Futures panel discussion at the V&A this month. More details below.

https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/VGaQ68GZ/digital-futures-hearing-futures-2018

 

February 2018

We interrupt our disappearance
We interrupt our disappearance

Very pleased to announce Anahita and I will be at the Tate Exchange from the 1st to 4th March with our interactive installation: ‘We interrupt our disappearance’, part of Shape Arts programme of events for ‘Ghosts in the Machine’

Please join us, all welcome…
– drop in any time from 12 to 6pm between 1st- 4th. Tate Exchange, Tate Modern. (more details in the link)

www.shapearts.org.uk/Event/we-interrupt-our-disappearance 

November 2017

Great piece in Limping Chicken today about Magma 69 ‘deaf issue’ launch:  http://limpingchicken.com/2017/11/16/review-stairs-and-whispers-ddeaf-and-disabled-poets-write-back/

 

 

November 2017

I am now a trustee at Stagetext 

October 2017

Pleased to share that my photography will be featured on Magma 69 ‘Deaf’ issue.  Launch in November.

Information here: https://magmapoetry.com/issue-69-the-deaf-issue/

Image of front cover of Magma. Green copy. Telephone pole on the front with tangled branches. Moody image
Magma 69 ‘Deaf Issue’
July 2017 
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NDACA
I am proud to be part of the NDACA Design team check out the latest blog here:
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History of Place
Image of the former St Saviours, Deaf Church
Image of the former St Saviours, Deaf Church

I wrote a blog post for The History of Place project.

Description: ‘Nina describes how decisions made at a conference in Milan in 1880 may have harmed the education of deaf children for a century, and describes her own experience of becoming deaf and beginning to learn BSL’

Link: http://historyof.place/oralism-the-royal-school-for-the-deaf-margate/

March 2017

I wrote this about my experience with NDACA at Bucks University:

‘From the discussions I had during the week it was clear that the NDACA team are as passionate about access as I am and share my excitement about the potential for new technology to improve access in the future. The library will set a great example to others as to how access can – and should – be done, so that all feel welcome and included. This is what makes this a really exciting project in so many ways; the archive is a rich resource of information, and provides inspirational evidence of creative collaboration across the years.’

https://www.shapearts.org.uk/blog/ndaca-march-17

October 28th 2016

This is a guest blog post I wrote for Unlimited on my experiences of hearing loss and accessing the arts education.

Nina Thomas: Accessing Art

Exploring the archives…a blog post for History of Place

I volunteer with History of Place and this is a blog post I wrote about my research.

Who was Miss Violet Eleanor Mills?

October 2016 Research in Dean Gardens, West Ealing…

I began taking photographs of Dean Gardens. I am hoping to capture the memories of the park that the group have already shared with me.

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an hazy image of a tree in Dean Gardens

https://creativewritingforwellbeingealing.wordpress.com/

Dean Gardens, Ealing, London. 2016

Experiments in digital photography, 2016

Combining digital and analogue to see what images I might capture. These were taken using an iPhone 5 and Kodak Duaflex.

Projects

Images from  ‘We interrupt our disappearance’ 

https://www.shapearts.org.uk/Event/we-interrupt-our-disappearance

 Martha’s Vineyard

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Shape Open 2018 ‘Collective Influence’

Here are some images of work I exhibited at Shape Open 2018

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Work in progress

collage image, found photography of young child in black and white. Text to right not clear but seems to read 'damaged'.

I am currently working on a project inspired by the life of Allegra Byron the illegitimate daughter of the poet Byron). Here is a collage image from the publication I am working on.


Work in progress – experiments with video

 

Dean Gardens, West Ealing, 2016. OPEN Ealing, London.

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Shot taken in Dean Gardens, W13

I am currently working with OPEN Ealing and the Creative Writing for Well Being class to create a light-based project in Dean Gardens, West Ealing. The aim is to improve safety in park. The work will include my artwork and text written by the creative writing class.

For more information visit:

www.creativewritingforwellbeingealing.wordpress.com/

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In the ruins, something lingers, 2013. The Crypt Gallery, London.

In 2013, I developed a project about gender and gardening. The project explored how women have over the centuries used real and imagined gardens to respond to the challenges they faced. I drew upon my research into the horticultural archives and fictional accounts of gardens in literature, to create an immersive installation in The Crypt Gallery, London. The exhibition included artist publications, projected image, animation, found objects, sound and light.

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CV

Nina Thomas

Born in Staffordshire, currently lives and works in London.

Selected exhibitions and events

2018 – Shape Open 2018 ‘Collective Influence’, Shape Arts,  The Art Pavilion, Mile End,  London. (group show)

2018 – ‘We interrupt our disappearance’ , Shape Arts, Tate Exchange, Tate Modern. London. (joint project with Anahita Harding)

2015 – ‘off the s{h}elf 2015’,  I’klektik, Old Paradise Yard, London SE1.  (group show)

2013 – ‘In the ruins, something lingers’, The Crypt Gallery, London NW1.  (joint show with Aaron Kay)

2012 – ‘Fragments’, Ambika P3, London NW1.   (group show)

2011 – ‘Five Artists, One Space’, London Gallery West, Harrow. (group show)

Publications

Cover image for Magma 69, ‘The Deaf Issue’  (poetry magazine) – https://magmapoetry.com/issue-69-the-deaf-issue/ 

Talks/events

Speaker at panel discussion: ‘Digital Futures: Hearing Futures’  V&A  https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/VGaQ68GZ/digital-futures-hearing-futures-2018

 

Education

– MA Art and Media Practice – University Of Westminster, London (2010- 2013). Distinction.

– PG Cert Arts Practice – University of Derby (2007-2008)

– BA (Hons) Illustration (2004-2006) – University of Derby. 2.1