Annette Nykiel PhD, is a practising fibre/textile artist with curatorial, art project and art gallery management skills. I have undertaken a number of artist residencies, and have qualifications in visual arts and Australian Indigenous Cultural research and a science background, I am knowledgeable and experienced in working in arts administration, workshop facilitation and mentoring artists and have a strong research background. I am a precarious, casual research assistant and academic at Edith Cowan University and an independent maker facilitating workshops and managing art projects.

Employment and Skilled Positions

2021 – present casual academic School of Education, Edith Cowan University (ECU)

2019 – present part-time project manager We Must Get Together Some Time (WMGTST)

2014 – present artist-researcher, community arts workshop facilitator and demonstrator

2017 – present casual research assistant School of Education, Edith Cowan University (ECU)

2008 – 2013 manager Laverton Leonora Cross Cultural Association (LLCCA).

2008 – 2010 curator Marlu Kuru Kuru women’s art project, Laverton WA.

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Educational Qualifications

  • 2014-2018 PhD, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Perth WA.
  • 2009-2010 Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Australian Cultural Studies) (1st Class Honours) Curtin University.
  • 2006-2008 Bachelor of Arts (Art) Curtin University.
  • 1984-1986 Bachelor of Science (Geology) University of Western Australia.

Grants, Awards and Scholarships

  • Mandurah Arts Festival grant 2021
  • RACIP Festival fund grant 2021
  • DLGSC Arts U-15k Grant, 2018 (co-authored)
  • Bellwether Funding 2016 & 2017
  • NAVA Australian Artists Grant, 2016
  • Minara Community Foundation Grant-Laverton Outback Gallery Upgrades 2011 & 2012 & 2013
  • Royalties for Regions 2009-2010 – Marlu Kuru Kuru women’s art project, infrastructure and business training.
  • ‘Guild On Show’ – 2008 Marlu Kuru Kuru Exhibition 12/2-3/4 2009 Access Gallery, Bentley WA.
  • FRINGEWORLD Perth Visual Arts Prize 2018.
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), 2014-18.
  • ECU Merit Award 2014-2017.
  • Western Australian Fibre and Textiles Association scholarship, Fibreswest 2015.

Curated Exhibitions

2021 We Must Get Together Some Time, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Mandurah Performing Art Centre, Contemporary Art Space Mandurah

2020 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Is It Enough? Lynne Cohen Gallery, Edith Cowan University (curator), Perth WA.

2019 The Overwintering Project (facilitated and co-curated Peel component-workshops, walk and exhibition) Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Mandurah Performing Art Centre.

2017 Thresholds and Thoughtscapes, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (co-curator), Bunbury WA.

2016 field  working  slow  making, Spectrum Project Space (co-curator), Perth WA.

2010 and 2012 ‘Marlu Kuru Kuru’, Genesis in the Hills Restaurant Roleystone (curator), Perth WA.

2009 ‘Marlu Kuru Kuru’, Access Gallery, John Curtin Gallery (curator), Perth WA.

Solo Exhibition

2018 meeting place, Spectrum Project Space, Perth WA.

Group Exhibitions (peer selected/invited last 10 years)

2021 Ambient, Contemporary Art Space Mandurah

2021 Transition, Contemporary Art Space Mandurah

2020 Boundaries, Old Customs House, Fremantle

2020 Talking Place: Emerging Connections, Gallery25, Mt Lawley.

2020 Reflections: COVID19, Contemporary Art Space Mandurah

2019 Between the Sheets, Gallery Central, Perth

2019 talking place: unfolding conversations, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Mandurah Performing Art Centre.

2019 Gardens of the Heart, Fabrik, Onkaparinga, SA.

2018 talking place, Santander, Spain.

2018 Destabilising Walls, PSAS Fremantle, WA.

2017 Thresholds and Thoughtscapes, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (co-curator), Bunbury WA

2017 Between the Sheets, Gallery Central, Perth.

2016 twentyONE+, Spectrum Project Space.

2016 field  working  slow  making, Spectrum Project Space.

2016 Direct Address, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

2015 15 x 15, Fibreswest Muresk WA.

2015 Memory and Commemoration, Perth Convention Centre (collaboration) WA.

2014 Inspired by Nalda, The Painted Tree Gallery, Northcliffe WA.

2013 Mysterium, Gallery Central, Perth WA.

2013 Fingers and Petals, Ellenbrook Arts, Ellenbrook WA.

2012 Western Australian Photographic Book Showcase, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth WA.

2010 smART, John Curtin Gallery, Bentley WA.

Artist Residencies

  • 2021 We Must Get Together Some Time Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah
  • 2019 Wetland in a boat – Rogue Forest Mandurah Arts Festival
  • 2019 Contemporary Art Spaces Mandurah
  • 2018 Spectrum Project Space
  • 2016 Shopfront Gallery, Central TAFE

Academic Papers

Gobby, B., Merewether, J., & Nykiel, A. (2020). Extinction, education and the curious practice of visiting thrombolites. Environmental Education Research, 1-17.

Morris, J. E., Lummis, G. W., Lock, G., Ferguson, C., Hill, S., & Nykiel, A. (2020). The role of leadership in establishing a positive staff culture in a secondary school. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 48(5), 802-820.

Research blog: Wandering with wetlands

Paris, L., Morris, J., & Nykiel, A. (2019). The Digital Sabbath and Digital Distraction. In 2018 Annual Conference of Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools: Art and Design in Transition (Vol. 2018, pp. 1-15). Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools.

Nykiel, A. (2019). How ethical is a ball of string: the embodied ethics of creative practice-led bricoleuse. In B. Bolt (Ed.). The Meeting of Aesthetics and Ethics in the Academy: Challenges for Creative-Practice Researchers in Higher Education, Routledge, (book chapter)

Conference Presentations

Nykiel, A. (2019). Spinning a dirty yarn. Paper presented at ASAL 2019, UWA, Perth.

Nykiel, A. (2018). A yarn about a bottletop. Paper presented at the In ASA 2018 Unsettling Australia Conference, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland.

Nykiel, A. (2017). making place. Paper presented at the AAANZ-Art and its Directions Conference, UWA, Perth.
Nykiel, A. (2017). A creative practice-led bricoleuse and questions of the Country. Paper presented at Mapping the Inland: A Centre for the Study of the Inland Symposium, Latrobe University, Melbourne.

Nykiel, A. (2016). Reimaging the Country. Paper presented at the InASA 2016 Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility: Australia Reimagined Conference, Notre Dame University, Fremantle Western Australia.
Nykiel, A. (2016). How ethical is a ball of string? Paper presented at the iDARE 2016: Creative Arts Research and the Ethics of Innovation, University of Melbourne, VCA, Southbank Campus.


Conference Proceedings

Nykiel, A. (2019). Artist as bricoleuse. Paper presented at the ACUADS Conference 2018: Art and Design in Transition, Central TAFE, Perth, WA.

Nykiel, A. (2015). Talking Country. Paper presented at the ACUADS Conference 2015: Art and Design Education in the Global 24/7, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.