Acme Studios — Nicola Wallis

Supporting Artists since 1972

Nicola Wallis

Adrian Carruthers Award

Nicola Wallis is a British painter. Her works explore the behaviour of different paint substances and other viscous materials, including pigments, varnishes, resins, latex and rubber, that she uses to create her beguiling two-dimensional surfaces. Nicola’s works are concerned with the notion that paint forms its own surface: an image without canvas or other backing. Her paintings often consist of layers of pigment ‘cast’ onto and peeled back off glass, perspex and polyester film in order to create free-standing or wall-mounted objects – or on occasion, works painted and peeling directly off the wall. Nicola’s works ask the viewer to consider what a painting is, and to explore the line that divides two- and three-dimensions.

Nicola has recently exhibited at the ASC Window Space, London (2014); Westbourne Studios, London (2005); Slade School of Fine Art, London (2005); Northumbria University (2004); Curwin Gallery, London (2003); and Globe Gallery, North Shields (2002).

Adrian Carruthers Award

The Adrian Carruthers Award is a partnership between Acme and the Slade School of Fine Art, funded by the Adrian Carruthers Memorial Fund and Acme. Aiming to provide a bridge between art school and professional practice, the award includes a generous bursary, rent-free studio space and a mentoring programme. Recipients of Acme’s Early Career Awards Programme work from shared studios in order to encourage an environment of peer support and critical dialogue.