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Take part in a timecapsule Artwork
28 May 2011, Project, event, artist talk
Debut Contemporary Gallery, London

> write a letter to yourself in 3 years time, what will you say?

> become part of a timecapsule artwork for the next five years

> in 2016 receive a message from yourself and your own piece of the artwork...

For Nicola Anthony’s latest artwork, she is asking participants to write a letter to their future selves. These letters will be sealed and become part of a sculptural artwork for the next five years.

In 2014 the letters will be disassembled & posted back to each participant, who will not only receive a message from their past self but also a part of this artwork time capsule. Nicola is asking you to become part of this piece by sending your letter to Debut Contemporary now or by coming along to the event on 28th May to write and submit yours. On the day she will begin creating the sculpture, as well as talking about her work.

Your letter can remain private or you can allow extracts of your words to be used in the creation of an installation in the gallery window space. Nicola is also asking visitors on the day to add to the installation in their own hand.

Nicola Anthony is fascinated with words and the things often thought but less often articulated. The artist’s feature piece in the gallery is a life sized replica of a postbox made entirely of laser-cut paper words and sentences. Through the collecting of words & secrets the artist gathers the source and inspiration for her artworks.

Come along to Debut Contemporary on 28th May to join in, & start penning your letter now:

Letter’s can be sent or dropped to the gallery, (preferably handwritten, but typed letters also accepted via email/post!)

Debut Contemporary, 82 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W2 5RT
tel: 0207 221 1651

Please include an address you can be reached at in 3 years time and/or an email if you are not sure, so the artist can get in touch to check your postal address.

Keep up to date with the letter entries on my blog.

Art, fashion, design, music & entertainment = Big Spectacle
Launch 2 March 2011, Ongoing Exhibition
Debut Contemporary Gallery, London

The exciting launch of a unique artistic laboritory in Notting Hill. Debut Contemporary Gallery is newly representing the artwork of Nicola Anthony.

The Word Collection Project      Press Release
Ongoing art project

Through the collecting of words & secrets the artist gathers the source and inspiration for her artworks: delicately sculpted using text, drawing & pattern. Recent work concerns genetic identity juxtaposed to words gathered from others about the fleeting moments, traits and secrets which form their true, everyday identities.

Recently featured in an interview with the artist on SkyArts TV, the process of collecting these thoughts & words has been a gradual, ongoing project for several years to gather diverse responses from a large number of people: they have been beautiful, moving, funny, intriguing, rude, touching, varied… See some of the responses here. Please add your thoughts to my collection -

Upcoming Exhibitions

Untitled Artist's Fair 2011
3rd - 5th June, 2011
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London

Past Exhibitions

Suspended sculpture, 'In the beginning'


29 Oct - 4 Nov 2010, Private View Fri 29th
Red Gate Gallery, London

An exhibition inspired by pattern, decoration, repetition and the ornamental. Challenging traditional perceptions of the decorative in a fine art context, the exhibition opens up a wider discourse on gender, politics and the validity of decoration in contemporary art today.

Exhibiting Artist at the Poole Literary Festival
29 Oct - 31 Oct 2010
Free Children's workshops with the artist, 30th Oct at the Lighthouse Centre for the Arts

Presenting a series of word sculptures depicting everyday objects sculpted using the physical words of their own stories: including a boisterous traffic cone, a patriotic post box and an uptight suitcase. The stories are laser cut into paper, and the ribbons of paper sentences are then used to sculpt the 3D form.

With a fascination for linguistics & semantics, literary themes and use of materials such as laser cut words and reclaimed book text, the artist hopes to challenge people to think about language in a different way – taking words off the page and using them in physical space.

Nicola Anthony is also running workshops for children and families during the festival, teaching children to make their own drawings and 3D objects out of words and poems. All are invited to join her on Saturday 30th Oct in the Lighthouse café area.

Creating the Postbox caused some controversy with the local constabulary... > click here to see related news article

Poole Literary Festival 2010 - Interview with Nicola Anthony

subtext postbox


Artwork featured at the Tate Modern
May 2010
Gallery pictures

National Open Art Competition
7th - 21st Nov 2009  
Competition Finalist
Judged by Gavin Turk, Catherine Lampert (Whitechapel Gallery), James Steward and David Barrie


Nicola Anthony 'I find myself listening' features on The Arts Show
Mon 26 Oct 2009  
Xstream East Radio


The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2009    visit website
23 - 25 Oct 2009  
Candid Galleries 3 Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ


Cass Business School Art Collection
2009-2010, London EC1Y 8TZ


Summer Show, Candid
24th Aug - 13th Sep 2009, Candid Gallery Angel, London visit website
Group show featuring drawing, sculpture, print, glass artworks and montage by Nicola Anthony

'bleak House' sculpture made from salvaged books

Commission to create sculpture for Antony Gormley Plinth
2nd Aug 2009, 8-9am, Trafalgar Square, London, live stream

The sculpture "Bleak House" was created to function as an extension of the body, & will be worn & exhibited on the plinth in Trafalgar square by Sue Luminati, director of the Poole Literary Festival, at which further artworks from the collection will be exhibited in 2010. Images here.

Made entirely from reclaimed book text salvaged from water-damaged copies of 'Bleak House' by Charles Dickens, the sculpture is born from a fascination with linguistics & semantics, & will spark the interest of crowds in Trafalgar square & those viewing live on webcam:

“A beautiful yet playful object, delicately crafted from individual sentences from the book which plume from the head of the wearer & coil around the body. The literary nature of the sculpture will reinforce Sue Luminati’s aim as a chosen ‘Plinther’ to promote the Poole Literary Festival & the diverse nature of ‘literary artwork’ during her hour.”

Paper aeroplanes & scattered words… The timeslot on the plinth will also incorporate a performance of creating & launching paper aeroplanes which will be fashioned from excerpts from books and words from Nicola Anthony’s ‘Word Collection’ (see more) A call has gone out for new entries of words from the public which can be submitted here. Of the hundreds of responses as many as possible will be featured on the aeroplanes.

The hour-long exhibit/performance this Sunday 2nd Aug at 8-9am will be streamed live on & will be featured on the SKYarts channel.

22-25 Feb 2009, Birmingham NEC, showing with Hahnemuehle FineArt.

Nicola Anthony shows at Candid Gallery    visit website
14 Jan - 8 Feb2009  
Candid Galleries 3 Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ
Private View 3 Feb 6.30-9pm


A Cat may look at a King
Jan 2008 - Jul 2009          
Touring exhibition with the Bakers Dozen Artist Collective, venues to be announced


The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair   visit website
3 - 5 Oct 2008  
Candid Galleries 3 Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ



Art @ Gravelly Barn    visit website
23 - 25 August 2008. Braughing, Hertfortshire.
Work for sale with fundraising for the Norma Adams Crocus Fund at Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Absorb Arts - Open Studios   click here for flyer!
Private view Fri 11th July 6-9pm, Open 12th & 13th July noon until 5pm
Unit 4, Millers Avenue, Dalston London, E8 2DS          


Candid Art Gallery
22 May - 8 June @ Candid Galleries Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ


6 May - 22 June @ 39 Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PN

London Art Fair Collection 2007
16th - 20th January 2007


11 - 21 dec 2007
Surface Gallery, Nottingham

Exhibition of New Work, Stubbs Rich, Bath
25 May - 10 June 2007
FAB (Fringe Arts Bath) click here for slideshow




NewcastleGateshead Art Fair 2007
10 - 13 May 2007
I find myself in red (Jan 2007), 100 x 50 cm, Mixed media;
I find myself watching you (Jan 2007), 100 x 50 cm, Mixed media




Sugar Cube Room featured in CreatureMag, Issue 4
December 2006


The Affordable Art Fair; The Autumn Collection
19 - 22 October 2006 ; Battersea Park, London


Unveiling of AstraZeneca Commission
12 September 2006
AstraZeneca; Loughborough
I Find Myself Looking at you was officially presented to AstraZeneca and the AstraZeneca employees to coincide with the opening of AstraZeneca's new Research & Design building.


LUSAD Fine Art Exhibition
June 2006 Loughborough;
Sugar Cube Room [click for slide show]
Installation work 240 x 240 x 240 cm 50,000 sugar cubes and half cubes and mixed media.
Sponsored by Tate Britain and Waitrose

Sugar Cube Room was a room swathed in sugar cubes, incorporating subtle textual elements and whispered voices. The subtle but powerful abundance of simple materials creates complexity and depth, parodying the sensory exclusion of the 'white cube' space. (See 'Sensory Work' in the About section for more details)


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LUSAD Fine Art Exhibition: "AstraZeneca first prize commission winner 2006"
June 2006 Loughborough;
I find Myself Looking at You
, (June 2006). 200cm x 120cm Resin, perspex and mixed media  

A commissioned piece for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca with a stronger focus on biology and identity. Consisting of small resin cells which form a larger piece, the artwork encapsulates drawings and personal statements that define us; aiming to connect with the viewer by being striking from a distance, and simultaneously intricately detailed on closer examination, revealing the daily highs and lows of life, and engaging vision as a close sense; a sense of touch.

See article: "Striking new art work for AstraZeneca"

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Brynfield Christmas Arts and Crafts Exhibition
December 2005
Goffs Oak, Herts

Turning Point LUSAD Fine Art Exhibition
April 2005
A group exhibition with the common theme of fragmented identity, moments and changing identity.


Contemporary Stained Glass Windows Commission
August 2001
Goffs School and Language College, Herts

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