Orpen - Artist - Lisbon, Portugal

Nikola Orpen

Lisbon, Portugal



  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


I am a textile artist and teacher with over 25 years experience of teaching in colleges. I specialise in natural dyeing and surface pattern. I exhibit my work regularly and run a small arts education centre called TexAtelier, see more at www.texatelier.com. I also have a vast amount of experience of working in the community arts arena enabling communities to work together using art specifically textiles as a catalyst for this purpose.

Work History

Paperolles' - Penne d'Agenais, S.W. France. PHG

Isle of Wight.

Team leader

International Service, Burkina Faso, West Africa

(6 Months)

Beauville Art Gallery, Dept

.47 France - 'Portails D'Afrique'
2001 Norfolk Museum of Rural life, - 'Through the Looking Glass

Highgate Contemporary Art, London.North House Gallery

Le Petit Journal

La Depeche 2008

Highgate Contemporary Art

London. Pelham House Gallery, IOW

Textile workshop leader Southampton City Art Gallery

Quay Arts Centre IOW, Summer School

Quay Arts Centre IOW, feltmaking workshops
2008/9/10/11 Textile workshop leader Southampton City Art Gallery

Revolving Gallery, Grays Court


Tex'Atelier in SW France

Setting up of Tex'Atelier in SW France, teaching bespoke textiles courses

North House Gallery

Grapevine, Norwich


Internatioanl Service, York.'Same Difference' art project

International Community Art project working with children from different schools all over the UK
Highlighting the similarities of children all over the world.

Lead artist

United Nations Aid International Service

International Community Art project working with children from different schools all over the UK
Highlighting the similarities of children all over the world.


Carre D'Art, Cahors, S.W.France
Fil de L'Art, - Puy L'Eveque, France, 1st prize winner

Sud Ouest

Eastern Daily Press, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Arts East 1999, 2000, 2002

North House Gallery

Fil de L'Art- Puy L'Eveque, France, prize winner


Painted/printed Banners for The Isle of Wight Pop Festival

Grapevine Gallery Norwich, North House Gallery

Global arts week' Workshop leader

Manchester Royal School for the Deaf

Freelance arts educator

International Service(York GB)

on 'Coaching for Hope" (4 weeks)
An Art and Football project for aids orphans in Burkina Faso and Mali

Workshop tutor/ leader residential arts centre

'La Guionie'

Limoges, France. A week teaching at a residential arts centre in France. The course was entitled 'Abstracting the Landscape' and involved a number of different painting and drawing methods to allow participants to achieve results.

Image for Jarrolds Calendar 'Inspirations

The School House Gallery

The School House Gallery, Wighton N.Norfolk, .Jarrold's Mill, Norwich
The Fringe Festival Bally Shoe Factory, Norwich, North House Gallery, Essex
Grapevine Gallery. Norwich, The Old Workshop Gallery, Corpusty, Norfolk


Suffolfk County Council professional development award

Salthouse Church, N.Norfolk

Cill Riallaig Artists' Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Co

.Kerry, Eire
2001 Year of the artist residency, YOTA, Norfolk Museum of Rural Life

The Brewhouse

Atmosphere' New Fibre Arts Show

Residency at The Norfolk Museum

East England Arts, Y.O.T.A


The Norfolk Museum of Rural Life

Atmosphere', New Fibre Arts Show

Wales -'Atmosphere', New Fibre Arts Show.

Rural Arts East Touring Show

Lifelines' Rural Norfolk venues

TV Review, The Ticket

From May 2001

Leeds Art Fair 1994, 1995, 1996.
Leeds Centenary Exhibition Catalogue 1993

Swan House


Visual Arts Worker

N.&N.W. Norfolk Arts

Visual arts worker N. Norfolk and N.W. Norfolk, instigating 5 community textile parish map projects

Visual Arts Co-ordinator

Creative Arts East

(visual arts touring show)

Worcester City Art Gallery

Disembodied', New Fibre Arts touring show.
Oceanside Museum of Art, California, USA - 'Atmosphere',

Elm Hill Contemporary Art -Norwich

London, Museum of Women's Art.

B.T./South Yorkshire Artist

Rural Life

of the year. (1st prize winner)

York City Art Gallery

Textiles North'

FT Lecturer in art and design

Norwich City College



Residence, York City Art Gallery


The Elizabethan

Glad Rags'

Consultant artist for a textile community arts project in Almondbury West Yorkshire

Public Arts

Various textile workshops held in the historic village of Almondbury, near Huddersfield, culminating in the making of a textile parish map and a book being published of the artwork. Available in local Libraries.


The Black Swan Gallery

B.T. South Yorkshire Artists Show'1st Prize

Artist in residence

Halifax Piece Hall Gallery

Leeds City Art

Gallery - 'Leeds Open'.Piece Hall Gallery, Halifax, - 'Your Heart in a Box'

Banner making residency

Sheffield Children's Festival

Banner for Highfield Library


Large Banner for Leeds Centenary Exhibition

Leeds University Parkinson Gallery

Centenary Show'

Dean Clough Galleries

Wakefield City Art Gallery

Halifax, W.Yorks

The Crescent Art

N. Yorks


Threads of Silk'. Art For Interiors, Wandsworth, London

Full time lecturer in art and design

Wakefield College

Chelsea Crafts Fair

(First timers award 1997)


4 Panel Batik - Oakwell Hall, Visitors Centre

Batley, W, Yorks

House and Garden

Crafts Magazine 1988, 1993, 1997


From August 1987

and Humberside Arts collection
Lincoln School of Art and Design
Art for Hospitals, Bury St Edmunds
Jacob Kramer school of Art and Design, Leeds
Prudential P.L.C.
Oakwell Hall and Visitors Centre, W.Yorks
Norfolk Rural life Museum

Oakwell Hall

Batley, W, Yorks

Batik Pieces for Branston School and Community College


Artist in residence

Branston School and Community College


My remit was to introduce textiles into the GCSE Art curriculum. and to instigate community textile workshops



University College



Qualifications & Certifications

Art and Design

Leeds Metropolitan University


Leeds Polytechnic

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