Nicola Ellis lives and works in Manchester. She studied BA hons Fine Art at The University of Central Lancashire and following this, completed an MA in Fine Art at Manchester School of Art. In recent years she has undertaken research projects including Sculpture: A Fabrication(2017), which focused on the mechanics of large-scale sculptural commissioning, and Play/Pause: the turbulent history of UK steel (2016). This project took place within large-scale steel production sites and their surrounding communities, for the purpose of understanding social and political factors brought about by a large-scale industry in decline.
Nicola is a member of Incidental Unit, the current iteration of Artist Placement Group. The Incidental Unit draws out key ideas, methods, process and rationale for maintaining the independent and critical work of artists and curators, connecting the historical legacy of APG with the complex nature of social practice now.