Danica Maier undertook a BFA in painting from Arcadia University, Philadelphia, during which she spent a year studying abroad at Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Scotland. Her time at GSA and in Glasgow is a core reason she was interested in working as an artist and teaching in the UK. She achieved an MFA in Painting from the University of Delaware, USA, and an MA in Textile as a fine art practice from Goldsmiths College, London. She is part of the Fellowship of Higher Education Association and in 2019 she achieved an ILM Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring. Danica is an active member of the NTU Coaching Academy from which she supports colleagues as well as working externally with independent artists. Her interest in, and passion for, the processes of artistic practice has seen her undertaken as well as set up a number of artist residencies.
Additional and alongside her independent practice Danica often works within collaborative frameworks in which she is interested in the balance between giving equivalent priority to both the personal and shared interests. She is co-lead with artist Andrew Bracey on a long-term artistic research project Bummock: New Artistic Responses to Unseen Parts of the Archive. (www.bummock.org). Through artists’ residencies working within archives and collections this project seeks to investigate, research and use unseen parts of archives as catalysts for the creation of new artworks, while exploring the development of a ‘control rummage’ methodology for researching the unseen/unknown.
Danica and composer Dr. Martin Scheuregger are currently working on an ongoing ACE funded project Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity. This project brings together shared interests of the disrupted repetition, the glitch and line and sees newly developed graphic scores explored with a small ensemble of musicians, creating a multichannel / ensemble piece incorporating both musician and recording (vinyl). Read more here: https://echo.orpheusinstituut.be/article/score-mechanical-asynchronicity
She is part of the artist group Returns with Andrew Brown, Joanne Lee and Christine Stevens. An established collective of artists who have sustained a dialogue since 2014. The group is interested in the problems and possible futures of post-industrial cities and their communities, and in the role of making and craft skills therein. Returns formed out of and links back to the international partnership project - Topographies of the Obsolete (http://topographies.uib.no) led by Bergen Academy of Art, Norway
With Emma Cocker, she co-led the No Telos research project which seeks to explore the journey of artistic process rather than outcome. The project partners included artists and academics from NTU, Bath School of Art, and The Museum of Loss and Renewal. The publication No Telos! was launched as part of the Convocation: On Expanded Language - Based Practices within the Research Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/614742/614743). It is published by Beam Editions and can be found here: https://www.beameditions.uk/store/no-telos
During the first year of Covid lockdown, Danica set up three online artist residencies with artist Louisa Chambers. The first iteration called Swifts: A Virtual Residency has fostered two more online residencies (Swallows and Bee Eaters) with the core focus on developing creative practice in a critical and supportive environment without any pressures of outcome.https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/bee-eaters-a-virtual-residency/post/52601398/
Danica's home and studio is based in rural Lincolnshire.
Education & Qualifications
ILM level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring, ILM with Challenge Consulting (2019)
FHEA, Nottingham Trent University (2016)
Goldsmiths College, MA Textiles, London (2002)
University of Delaware, MFA Painting, Newark, USA (1998)
Glasgow School of Art, Painting Department, Scotland (Student Exchange 1993-1994)
Arcadia University, BFA Painting, Pennsylvania USA (1995)
Associate Professor in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University (2017 - ongoing)
Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, Fine Art Department (2005 – 2017)
Goldsmiths College, Associate Lecturer Postgraduate Textiles, London (2002 – 2007)
London Printworks Trust, Workshop Co-coordinator / Tutor, London (2003 – 2005)
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Studio Assistant, Philadelphia, USA (1999 – 2001)
University of Delaware, Lecturer, Visual Arts, Newark, USA (1996 – 1999)
Exhibitions / Live Events
2022 Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre, The Collection Museum and Usher Gallery, Lincoln (with Andrew Bracey and Sarah Bennett)
Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, part of York Concert, York (with Martin Scheuregger)
2021 Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity III, Prix Annelie de Man, International Harpsichordist Festival played live by Jane Chapman, Amsterdam, NL
(with Martin Scheuregger)
Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre, The Hub: A National Centre for Craft and Design (with Andrew Bracey and Sarah Bennett) (upcoming)
2020 Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity, Lincoln Performing Arts Center, (with Martin Scheuregger) Lincoln
2019 Bummock: The Lace Archive, Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths, London (with Andrew Bracey, Lucy Renton and Martin Scheuregger)
Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity, Mansions of the Future, (with Martin Scheuregger), Lincoln
Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity, The Space at Nottingham Contemporary as part of programming for Still Undead; the Nottingham chapter of the
Bauhaus Imaginista international project, 27+ 28 September, (with Martin Scheuregger and the Dark Inventions ensemble), Nottingham
Bummock: Tennyson Art Walk, North Kesteven walking festival, Waddington (with Andrew Bracey and Sarah Bennett)
Bummock: The Lace Archive, with Andrew Bracey and Lucy Renton, Constance Howard Gallery, London
Bummock: The Lace Archive, with Andrew Bracey and Lucy Renton, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
2018 re-turning, Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent as part of the Returns group (with Andrew Brown, Joanne lee, and Christine Stevens)
Bummock: The Lace Archive, with Andrew Bracey and Lucy Renton, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham
2017 There but Different, with Andrew Bracey and Gerard Williams, Cornerstone Gallery, Hope University, Liverpool
2016 In return(s), Sheffield Institute of Art, Sheffield.
2015 Returns, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham.
2014 Stitch & Peacock, solo exhibition at The Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln.
2nd Supper Redux, Terry O’Toole Theater, Lincolnshire. As part of as part of the Creating a Scene exhibition, held and organized by the National Centre for Craft and Design. In Collaboration with The Postmethodist’s art group.
2012 Shot, The Broadcaster, Waddington, Lincolnshire.
2011 2nd Supper, Monks Gallery, as part of as part of Lincoln Art Program’s A Working Title; Collaboration with The Postmethodist’s artist group.
2009 Midlands & Tooraloorals, Solo exhibition at GEDOK- The Society of Women Artists Gallery, Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany.
2007 Unpicked and Dismantled, National Museum of M.K. Ciurlionis, Kaunas, Lithuania. Co-curated with Gerard Williams the National British exhibition for the Kaunas Art Biennial: TEXTILE 07.
2006 Hortus, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England. Two-person show with Jane Thruley.
2005 Intraducible, Solo Exhibition. Museum/Museo del Barro, Asuncion, Paraguay
Intraducible, Universidad de Artes Ciencias y Comunicación Gallery, Santiago, Chile
Untranslatable, Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre Gallery, London
Adam and Eve it, London Printworks Trust, London. Two-person show with Miranda Whall
2004 Danica Maier, solo exhibition, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan.
Crown & Feathers, solo exhibition, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
2001 Danica Maier, solo exhibition, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
2022 Experiential Translation, Sommerset House, London
May Show, X-Church Arts Centre, Gainsbrough
2020 Enough is Defiantly Enough, Oceans Apart Gallery, Salford and Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough
Asunciones/Himmelfahrten: Positions on women and society from Paraguay and Germany, Cultural Center of the Republic, CCR Cabildo, Asunción of Paraguay Paraguayan-German Cultural Institute / Goethe Zentrum
2019 Party Line, 201 Telephone Box Gallery, Scotland
No Telos!, performance and publication launch events as part of the Convocation within the Research Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.
A Share of a Future, Library and Campus, China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China
Enough is Definitely Enough, General Practice, Lincoln
2018 Urban Sounding, Performance event as part of Lincoln Performing Art Centre's POPOUT Festival, Lincoln
Decriminalising Ornament, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
2017 Midpointness, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent
2016 De/Structured, Backlit Gallery as part of Kunstpodium T Apprentice/Master international project.
2014-15 Castle Open, Nottingham Castle Museum, Selected by Sean Edwards, Antony Micallef, Kirsty Ogg
2013 The Site is the Question, Airspace Gallery, laboratory exhibition of initial research for the Topographies of the Obsolete, Stoke-on-Trent
Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void, in the British Ceramics Biennale, Spode factory, Stoke on Trent.
2012 X, Over + Out Gallery, Lincoln
2011 Castle Open, Nottingham Castle Museum, Selected by Sheila MacGregor, Dan Perfect, Lina Peterson
Evolution of Stitch, Wallner Gallery at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
Opem, Collection and Usher Gallery, Lincoln, Selected by Alan Parker, Deanna Petherbridge, Richard Wilson
2010 Closely Held Secrets, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
2009 B. Noticed, The Broadcaster, Wellingore & Waddington, Lincolnshire. Group exhibition in collaboration with the Postmethodists.
Make Shift & Bend, Café Gallery, London, England
2008 Drawing Out, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, England
Parade: Stuff Happens, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, England. Selected by Leo Fitzmaurice.
On Time: East Wing Collection 8, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England
2006 My Solo Show: Xulia Duran-Rodriguez, group exhibition in The Side Room @ Beyond the Valley, London
Art: Visual Artists from the UK, Art Center Gallery at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
2005 Kaunas Art Biennial: Textile ’05, (Award winner) M. Zilinskas Art Museum Kaunas, Lithuania Juried selection exhibition.
Diverse and Similar: Reflections on sexual otherness, Spanish Cultural Center, Asuncion Paraguay
2004 …dreaming of a white…, Arts & Business, London, England (exhibited and co-curated with Gerard Williams)
2003 CO/OP, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
2002 Mobiliver/Bookmobile, traveling exhibition throughout the USA and Canada stopping at art galleries, bookshops, Universities and Museums
Random Cross Stitch, Pop-up gallery, 33 Monmouth St, London, England (exhibited and curated)
2001 Works on Paper, Arcadia University Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania (USA)
Blunt, Butcher Shop Gallery, Chicago, Illinois (USA)
May Bride, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
Drive Slowly, Space 1026, Exhibition of artists books, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
2000 Fresh Blood, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) Curated by Shelley Spector and Andrew Jeffrey Wright.
2022 Place, People and Time: Drawing into Being, leading this residency in partnership with The Museum of Loss and Renewal, Collemacchia, Italy.
2021 Bee Eaters: A Virtual Residency: 24-27 August (co-lead with Louisa Chambers)
Bummock: Tennyson, 14-17 July, Ringmore Hall, Devon
Swallows: A Virtual Residency: 7-10 April (co-lead with Louisa Chambers)
2020 Swifts: A Virtual Residency: 23-26 Aug (co-lead with Louisa Chambers)
2019 Hopsitalfield, Interdisciplinary Residency, 4-17 November, Scotland
Project Space +, Lincoln. Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre, with Sarah Bennett and Andrew Bracey
2018 Primary Project Space1, Nottingham. Returns, with the Returns artist group
Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent. Returns research and development, with the Returns artists group
2017 No Telos, intensive short inter-institutional artistic project focusing on the process of art practice, held during the Venice Biennale
2016 Hartlane Gallery, London. Bummock: The Lace Archive, with Andrew Bracey and Lucy Renton.
2015-17 The Lace Archive, Nottingham Trent University. A pilot research residency as part of the Bummock: Artists in Archives project
2014 The Collection Museum's Textile Archive Research Residency, Lincoln
2013 Drawology exhibition Bonginton Gallery, Nottingham. Invited by curator Dr. Deborah Harty to be In Residence of and respond to the exhibition
Topographies of the Obsolete, residency in the abandoned Spode factory, Stoke on Trent. Lead by Bergen Academy of Art
2012 Resurrecting the Obsolete, located in the abandoned Spode factory, Stoke on Trent. Lead by Bergen Academy of Art
2005 Braziers International Artist Workshop, Oxfordshire, England
Fundación Migliorisi, Asuncion, Paraguay
2004 VASL Artists’ Collective with Gasworks, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan with Gasworks, London.
2000 Fabric Workshop and Museums artist's apprenticeship, Philadelphia, PA.
2023 Unrepeating-repeat: reversal, once more, seek-seek afresh, Chapter in Victoria Mitchel and Sarah Horton (eds), Pattern and Chaos: Meaning and
Making, Intellect publishing.
Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity, Beam Editions, with Martin Scheuregger, Daniela Cascella, and Lauren Redhead.
re - turning, published by Topographies of the Obsolete, with Andrew Brown, Joanne Lee, and Christine Stevens, (co-edited with Joanne Lee)
2022 Bummock: Tennyson Research Centre, Flipping the Bummock Press, with Sarah Bennett, Andrew Bracey and texts by Sian Vaughan, Sue Breakell, Jim Cheshire, Jenny Gleadell, Lucy Lumb
2020 Topographies of the Obsolete: Phase Two: Rhizomatic Trajectories, Editor Neil Brownsword
2019 No Telos, a Score/Manual in the form of an artist publication, with the No Telos group.
2018 Bummock: The Lace Archive, Flipping the Bummock Press.
2016 Grafting Propriety: From Stitch to the Drawn Line, (Monograph publication) focused on my drawing research and practice. Black Dog Publications.
2015 Forsaken Decoration. (Book chapter) In: Anne Helen Mydland and Neil Brownsword Topographies of the Obsolete: Site Reflections. Stoke on Trent: Bergen Academy of Art.
2014 Drawology exhibition publication. In Residence response.
On Returning, ed. by Nitkiene, V, Kaunas Textiles Biennale: Unitext. Kaunas: NGO Kaunas Biennial.
Review of Kaunas Textiles Biennale: Unitext. in Craft Research Vol 5.1
2013 Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void. England: Topographies of the Obsolete Publications. Editors Anne- Helen Mydland and Neil Brownsword
2008 On Time: The East Wig Collection VIII. London: Courtauld Institue of Art.
2007 TEXTILE 07: Unpicked and Dismantled. KAUNAS: Kaunas Artists' Support Fund. Editors Virginija Nitkiene, Ed Carroal, Vita Geluniene.
Parade. Nottingham: Angel Row Gallery. Editor Helen Jones
2006 Art: Visual Artists from the UK. Seoul: Chung-Ang University. Ed. Seonghee Kim.
2005 Kaunas Art Biennial: TEXTILE 05. Kaunas: Arx Baltica. Editors Vita Geluniene And Virginija Nitkiene
Adam and Eve it. London: London Printworks Trust. Essay by Sally O’Reilly
Braziers 2005: International Artists Workshop. Ipswich: Braziers International Artists Workshop. Editor Nicola Grey
2004 VASL: 2003-2004. Karachi: Vasl Artists Collective. Editors Naiza Khan, Saima Zaidi, Usma Ghouri, Auj Khan
2003 Braziers 2003: International Artists Workshop. Ipswich: Braziers International Artists Workshop.
2000 Fresh Blood: New Art Now! Philadelphia: The Painted Bride. Editors Shelly Spector and Andrew Jeffery Wright
2022 Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, Tuesdays Talks series, online
2019 Wembleton College of Art, Tell-Tale lecture series, London
University of Lincoln, Artists Talk, Lincoln.
2018 Nottingham Contemporary, Lunch time talks/tours of Pia Camil’s exhibition.
2017 Haarlem Artspace, Artists in Conversation: Danica Maier, 30 November 2017.
Nottingham Contemporary, Lunch time talks/tours of Lara Favaretto’s exhibition.
2014 University of Lincoln, Artists talks (hosted at the collection)
2012 Lace:Here:Now conference, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
2010 Gallery discussion of the Cert and Uwe Tobias exhibition, Nottingham Contemporary
Key speaker for Beacon Bi-monthlies, Beacon Art Project, The Manor House, Alford
2006 Panel discussion leader for the exhibition Excess, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
Invited Artist lecture at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Galway, Ireland
Gallery discussion of exhibition Hortus Surface Gallery,Nottingham, England
Gallery discussion of the exhibition 예술 Art Center Gallery CAU Seoul, Korea
2005 Artist talk, Broadway Live as part of the Broadway Live Lecture Series run by Nottingham Trent University, England
Reflections on my residency in Paraguay, Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre, Goldsmiths College, London, England
Artist talk, invited by The Art School of the National University, Asuncion, Paraguay
Artist talk for Postgraduate students at Lincoln University, Lincoln, England
2004 Artist talk by the department of Fiber & Materials Studies, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Artist talk, University of Delaware, Newark, USA
Reflections on my residency in Pakistan invited by the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre, Goldsmiths College, London, England
Artist talk: invited by the British Council, at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan
Textiles in Art Practice lecture tour, invited by Naiza Khan from Vasl Artists’ Collective: at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi; National Collage of Art, Lahore; Textile Institute Pakistan, Karachi; Karachi University, Karachi.
2003 Discussion-leading group member: with Jenni Lomax & Gerard Williams, Braziers International Artists Workshop '03, Oxfordshire
Conference & Symposiums
2022 Score, at the Performative & Experiential Translation: Meaning-Making through Language, Art and Media, led by The Experiential Translation Network, Kings College and Sommerset House
2020 Listening Again, (Keynote), Music Department Symposium, University of Lincoln
2019 Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity: playing the scores, Music as/and Process, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London (with Martin Scheuregger)
Score: Mechanical Asynchronicity, Notation for Improvisers, Institute of Musical Research, Senate House London (with Martin Scheuregger)
2018 Looking Again, Decriminalizing Ornament: The Pleasures of Pattern, 9th International Illustration Research symposium, hosted by Anglia Ruskin University,
Looking Again, Pattern and Chaos, Norwich School of Art, from the research group
Bummock: The Lace Archive, Textile & Place, Manchester School of Art and the Whitworth Art Gallery
Summer lodge and Slow Looking, TILT, Nottingham Trent University
2017 Summer Lodge, Provocative Pedagogies, School of Fine & Performing Arts, University of Lincoln
Rummage to Bypass, The Archive Unbound, Digital Cutltures Network, Cardiff University
2016 Summer Lodge developing a space for process, Dirty Practices Conference, Painting Department, Woverhampton University
Defining Process, Waddington Culture Collective stage one symposium event.
Summer Lodge, NTU Course Leaders Conference, Summer Lodge presentation,
WCC: A group, Start of Something – CVAN annual conference – spokesperson for the WCC. Presentation of Colloquy of Process
2014 Process and Practice, Day of the Young Artist, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, (NL) Run by the Kuntspodium T