Middlesbrough born artist and curator Nick Kennedy currently lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. After completing his Fine Art degree at Newcastle University (2007), he went on to complete a 12-month residency at Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland in 2008 where he curated the exhibition ‘Draw a Line, Follow It’. Other curations include ‘Brick by Brick: Small Scale Wall Works by 24 Artists’, artist residence at Xsite Architecture (2010) and ‘Chance Finds Us’, MIMA, Middlesbrough (2014).
His practice gears towards experimentation, utilising drawing, sculpture, installation and performance to study the relationship between intuition and logic. Seeking ‘order in a chaotic world’, Kennedy follows strict rules and parameters as a methodical tool in the process of making. Primarily using drawing due to its flexibility as a medium for the exploration of ideas, he has taken an autonomous role with his drawings with the invention of mechanisms like ‘Timecasting’ at the Laing Art Gallery (2013). A drawing device built from a clock’s movement, ‘Timecasting’ slowly recorded the passage of time, material and process in a visual format.
Represented by Platform A, Middlesbrough, previous exhibitions include ‘8 Lines’, Platform A, Middlesbrough (2019), ‘We Are All Measured Together’, Platform A, Middlesbrough (2016), ‘Some Possible Truths’, Customs House, South Shields (2015) ‘A Foreign Encounter’, Galerie Foe, Munich (2015) and ‘Tip of the Iceberg’, Contemporary Art Society, London (2013). His work is held in multiple collections including The Print Studio Archive, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Cambridge.