Arts Derbyshire


Holi Hai! – Artist Residency

Nikki Culley and Nisa Khan

Artcore and Format would like to thank everyone who sent in an application. Shortlisting the artists was not an easy task as were inundated with proposals from fantastic artists. A massive congratulation to Nikki and Nisa; we cannot wait to see the work you will produce!
Nisa Khan
Derby-based artist Nisa Khan’s practice unpicks multiculturalism by paying close attention to hidden elements within British, Pakistani, and British-Pakistani cultures. Nisa focuses on personal life experiences, which have activated her sense of in-betweenness; of being caught between British and Pakistani cultural extremes.

As a multi-disciplinary artist, Nisa works across a variety of media such as film, photography, performance, sculpture installation and new media. Her work revolves around citation and ‘re-mixing’; be that memories, historical references, popular culture and/or cultural signifiers which in turn, translate these experiences. Nisa is interested in humour and its role in representations and using it as a tool which simultaneously translates these experiences and lures the viewer in. Nisa’s work is a vessel through which she presents alternative representations of the marginalised (female) body.

Nikki Culley
Manchester-based artist Nikki Culley is a film photographer and black & white darkroom printer, her main interest in photography is creative storytelling and the chemical methods and physicality of making photographs. Nikki enjoys Black and White darkroom printing where she can experiment with the manual process of developing each photography outcome.

Nikki is a former financial and business journalist who gave up a career in the media to study for a Masters’ Degree in Art History and become an artist and photographer. Most of her work holds themes of love, loss and discovery, with a focus on telling stories through photographs and learning about other people, groups and cultures that are different to her own.

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