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I work as a textile artist and freelance community projects producer. I am passionate about creating work and projects that reflect, ‘the everyday’, our communities and our lives. I believe that community projects should absolutely be integrated into the communities and people that they represent to act as a shared voice. I love using textiles to communicate people’s stories and heritage. I have experience using digital platforms to explore creativity in general within localised contexts, and to celebrate and map the often missed creative assets that exist within place. This approach to research and project creation allows for more informed infrastructures to be in place, better supporting localised creativity and practice.
Living in Huddersfield, I have a studio in the beautiful Byram Arcade in the town centre and run workshops and projects from the space as well as selling the art that I make. I also offer consultancy and project development/support around creative projects focused on community creativity.
For the latest events please see workshops & events. These workshops create playful and experimental experiences so that young and old (even those who think they may not be the creative type!) can lose themselves in the process, feeling supported and confident in the activity at hand. I am happy to taylor workshops to groups upon request.
Providing a supportive, relaxed and calm environment, I am happy to work with communities and organisation to develop projects for specific groups and events as you need. Contact me to get started.
Please get in touch on email for more information: Nicola@nicolatwynham.co.uk.
Recent work has been with Selby Big Local as Community Engagement Officer. I co-created a range of creative initiatives with residents to engage their community into dialogue and volunteering to develop a retail unit into a community hub at the heart of the estate. This included a series of workshops and events resulting in a report to reflect the community voice and how to move forward. I also worked with a local sculpture on a 3D map building project using foam clay, working with residents to ‘build’ their town. The project, ‘Making our Space’ represents positive places within the community, which will be displayed on the wall of the new space when it is ready to open.
In the summer of 2020 I created an online archive project, hosting examples of local creativity that showed people’s response to the lockdown and the global pandemic. This was an inspiring and popular project that I am working with West Yorkshire Archive Service to create a public searchable record for future generations.
2011 – BA (Hons) Production for Live Events and Television, University of the Arts London (London College of Communication)
2019 – present – Currently studying towards, MA Culture, Creativity & Entrepreneurship on full scholarship at University of Leeds.