Artist and activist, Nicola Hunter was born in north east England (UK), they have been performing and showing work nationally and internationally for over a decade and has seen international success as founder of intersectional feminist project Raising the Skirt. Hunter continues to develop a queer feminist arts and photographic practice, which is rooted in action based performance and spans live work, documentations of its products & traces and the re-presentation of these in other forms.
Hunter founded'Raising the Skirt' in 2014 through LADAs DIY programme, it is a multilayered collaborative arts project which calls for the (re)claiming of the cunt. It explores ways in which we can re-establish a connection with the wild and with natural laws to find a deeper connection with our body. Raising the Skirt highlights questions around gender, body politics and continues to develop research on the anthropological body, exploring ways that social, cultural and political dynamics are shaping the perception and understanding of the human body and how these interactions are interpreted through social engagement.
Born in North East England (UK), Nicola Hunter has been performing and showing work nationally and internationally since 2007 within programmes such as, Inbetween Time Festival (Bristol), City of Women (Ljubljana) and SPILL FESTIVAL (Ipswitch) and has successfully completed their first tour across the UK with Lost Bodies (TEMPTING FAILURE CIC, LIVE ART BISTRO, Colchester Arts Centre, Norwich Arts Centre, The Island, Artsadmin & The Marlborough Theatre). Hunter has collaborated with Predrag Pajdic, Manuel Vason (Double Exposures) and Ernst Fischer and has been awarded the Artsadmin Bursary, the Artists International Development Fund and has been supported and mentored by Unlimited, Live Art Development Agency and Pacitti Company.
My roots, they grew a little and the earth moved. I needed a place to stretch out my toes, to use the weight of my now bigger heart to close those gaps, so that there is space above for my body to be filled with more knowledge of the world.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS Manuel Vason's Double Exposures, 2014 (book) Predrag Pajdic's Beneath The Shadows, 2014 (book) Secret Behaviour Magazine, 2014 Independent, 2015 (Interview about Raising the Skirt) DIVA MAgazine, 2015 (Interview about Raising the Skirt) Secret Behaviour Magazine, 2016 (Main Feature on Raising the Skirt) Red Magazine, 2016
AWARDS & FUNDING 'Lost Bodies' Research and Development Grant 2016 - Awarded by Arts Council England and the British Council UNLIMITED award for R&D of 'A FALL FROM THE ICARUS LINE' http://weareunlimited.org.uk/commission/nicola-canavan/ DIY11 - 'RAISING THE SKIRT' Workshop funded by Artsadmin http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/opportunities/diy-11-2014-nicola-canavan-raising-the-skirt ARTSADMIN BURSARY Recipient 2013 (https://www.artsadmin.co.uk/artists/nicola-canavan) Artist International Development Fund - Awarded by Arts Council England and the British Council Arts Council England Funded Performance Award - Untangling Arts Council England Funded Performance Award - I Miss You
2016 Interview for printed issue of Red Magazine (http://www.redonline.co.uk), story by Stephanie Theobald Raising the Skirt, Main Feature of Secret Behaviour Magazine (http://secretbehavior.com) Interview for DIVA (http://www.divamag.co.uk) 'Milk' (Video Installation) at Greenbelt, curated by Grace Acton, August (Kettering, UK) 'Milk' (Video Installation) at Fluorescent, http://sohofluorescent.com 4/5 July 2015, Soho (London,UK) 'Between Land and Living' ('A Fall From the Icarus Line') (Video Installation) at Edinburgh Fringe with UNLIMITED, Venue: Summerhall, August 2015 (Edinburgh, UK)
2015 'Landing in Her Skin' - Photographic project see: www.raisingtheskirt.com - Ongoing development of research HUB 'Between the Earth and Her Skin', Buzzcut, Glasgow (UK) 'Raising the Skirt' at 'The Institute of Sexology', Wellcome Collections 'Sexology at The Arches 'Feminism and the Body in Performance | A Life Drawing Experiment' with Lynda Phelan at MART, Dublin
2014 'Raising the Skirt' DIY Workshop, funded by Live Art Development Agency 'We Unite In Her Honour' THE GLOBE GALLERY, Newcastle ‘Milk’ HAZARD (Manchester), Public Installation/Intervention ‘Milk’ LAB (Leeds), Public Installation/Intervention 'We Unite In Her Honour' THE GLOBE GALLERY (www.raisingtheskirt.com) Collaboration with Manuel Vason for Double Exposures (http://www.double-exposures.com) ‘A Fall From the Icarus Line’, R&D Salon at Fierce Festival, Birmingham (http://wearefierce.org) ‘A Fall From the Icarus Line’, R&D Salon at Toynbee Studios, London ‘A Simultaneous Pulse' Self Portrait series published as part of Secret Behaviour Magazine 02, first release at New York Book Fair, USA (http://www.secretbehavior.com) 'A Divine Trauma' VIDEO LITTLE WOLF PARADE, http://littlewolfparade.com/little-wolf-parade-pop-up-night-of-performance 'When Rivers Run into the Sea' - VIDEO, READING LIVE with Strength Collective, Reading UNLIMITED award for R&D of 'A FALL FROM THE ICARUS LINE' http://weareunlimited.org.uk/commission/nicola-canavan/ Collaboration with Zierle & Carter and Dawn Felica Knox
2013 MATERNITY LEAVE This year was filled not just with care and courage, growing my second child. I made a decision to limit my working schedule while my body changes and new life grew. During this time I collaborated with multi-media artist and friend, Dawn Felicia Knox (http://www.dawnfelicia.com) developing a new body titled 'The Isochronous Series', a body of work exploring the female body in transit.
"PASSION/FLOWER' & 'A DIVINE TRAUMA' Videos - LITTLE WOLF PARADE, http://littlewolfparade.com/little-wolf-parade-pop-up-night-of-performance/ In Conversation with Lois Keidan (Live Art Development Agengy, London) http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk at ARTSADMIN, Toynbee Studios (London) Collaboration with Marco Berardi on the 'Proverbs of William Blake'
2012 'Breaking in Belonging' with Kris Canavan - A.K.A.B, Sheffield 'A Divine Trauma' - Fringe Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, London 'PASSION|FLOWER' with Ernst Fischer - ]performance s p a c e[ - London with Thanks to Thomas John Bacon 'Bittersweet' - at City of Women Festival, ŠKUC Gallery | Ljubljana, Slovenia (http://www.cityofwomen.org/) Artist Talk - as part of City of Women Festival, Slovenia (http://www.cityofwomen.org/) 'A Divine Trauma' - at City of Women Festival, at The Old Power Station | Ljubljana, Slovenia (http://www.cityofwomen.org/) Book launch performance for 'Beneath the Shadows the Soul Walks' by Predrag Pajdic and JL Nash, New performance dedicated to the love and support of Mr Pajdic | Shangrila Tattoo Parlour, Unit 107, 54 - 58 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP 'A Divine Trauma' - Opening double bill at Spill National Platform, (http://www.spillfestival.com/performance/spill-opening-night-double-bill-a-divine-trauma/) 'PASSION/FLOWER' - by and with Ernst Fischer, Performance to Camera, filmed and Edited by Manuel Vason Collaboration with Predrag Pajdic, UK 'ORIGINS' with Jon John, MODERN PANIC III - Geurilla Zoo, London UK (http://www.guerrillazoo.com/modern-panic-3.html)
2011 Residency, 25SG with Kris Canavan & Photographic Collaboration with Arto Polus, Newcastle- upon-Tyne (www.25SG.org) 'When Rivers Run into the Sea' -  In Remembrance, Manchester (www.inremembrance.org.uk) ''Bittersweet' - Platform P, Plymouth ‘Red Stitches on a White Crow [p ii]’, Emergency Accommodation, Manchester ‘Red Stitches on a White Crow’, ]performance s p a c e[ - London (http://www.performancespace.org)
2010 ‘Untangling’ Inbetween Time Festival, Arnolofini - Bristol (Arts Council Funded) ‘I Miss You (ii)’ ACTART-8 CENSORED, Islington Metal Works-London (Arts Council Funded) ‘Bittersweet', Photograph of Collaboration with Fiona Nicholl chosen by Newworknetwork to feature in their marketing postcards (www.newworknetwork.info/advocating/287) Bittersweet Exhibition, Doswell Gallery – West Cork, Ireland (http://www.bittersweet-exhibition.com/) ‘OVA’, an artist-led exhibition in Newcastle upon Tyne. ‘Bittersweet’ Photographic Collaboration with Fiona Nicholl (www.purplepom.com) ‘Stay...’ Photographic Collaboration with Fiona Nicholl (www.purplepom.com) "Ode to Hel..." (Experimental short film) - Collaboration with Gareth Hudson, NEW MEDIA,SEX AND CULTURE – MONA, DETROIT (USA)
2009 ‘361 Days’ Collaboration with Kris Canavan (Anatomy_of), Platform00000009, Newcastle ‘NatureNurture’ Photographic Collaboration with Francois Boutemy, Simulacra Studios, London ‘I Miss You (i)’ Photographic Collaboration with Francois Boutemy, Simulacra Studios, London
2008 ‘Love is…?’ Collaboration with Kris Canavan (Anatomy_of), Bodily Functions, Cork ‘Private View’ Collaboration with Kris Canavan (Anatomy_of), Momentum Festival, Brussels "Ode to Hel..." (Experimental short film) - Collaboration with Gareth Hudson - Shown at the Following venues in 2008 Cinéma Le Mélies - PORT DE BOUC (FRANCE)/ SQUARE EYES FESTIVAL (NETHERLANDS)/ ONE MINUTE FILM & VIDEOFESTIVAL (SWITZERLAND)/ PANTHEON INTERNATIONAL XPERIMENTAL FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (CYPRUS)
2007 ‘Blood is the colour of love’ Platform - Star and Shadow, Newcastle upon Tyne Culture Work (formerly NCSP) Funded Mentoring with Jack Sargeant (www.jacktext.net) 2007-2008 ‘Blood is the colour of love’ Platform - Star and Shadow, Newcastle upon Tyne ‘Drawing Beauty, [series ii]’ Photographic Collaboration with Antonio Genco ‘Separation Anxiety’ Photographic Collaboration with Kris Canavan (Anatomy_of) & Antonio Genco
Photograph taken from performance to Camera 'NatureNurture' 2009, Photographer Francois Boutemy