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Show RCA 2019

Nico Conti

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Major project:

Entropy Series


  • Having lived on the small island of Malta all my life meant that I was constantly surrounded by family and tradition. Leaving the persistent heat of the Mediterranean sun, and building a life in the metropolis that is London, has exposed me to a vast number of resources and opportunities. This sudden shift from the cobbled streets of Malta, to a global hub, impacted my work the most.

    With the swift advancements in technology, art and craft are affected by modern tools and machinery. I now look at clay and seek to find different ways of working with it, and developing new methods of subverting processes, thus drawing together my fondness for material, and my inquisitive nature.

    I strive to bind my work with themes, which appear to run parallel to each other, something I have always been drawn to – the traditional and contemporary, stability and weakness, order and chaos. Each side has a little bit of the other; there are no clear-cut boundaries, and it is this overlap that I draw my inspiration from. To me, clay is not simply a material, but a tool that serves as a visual language that expresses my ideas.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, Malta Institute for the Creative Arts, Paola, Malta, 2016
  • Experiences

  • Presented work to HRH, the Prince of Wales, RCA, London, 2019; Participant, speaker and awardee, European Vocational Skill Week, Brussels, 2016; Young leadership programme, CHOGM Common Purpose, Bugibba, Malta, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Miscellany, Home of Preston Fitzgerald, London, 2019; Material Statements, Dyson Gallery, London, 2019; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, C&G Woo Building, London, 2018; Beneath the Stats: The Beach, RCA Kensington, London, 2018; Lanċa Ġejja: Malta, Past and Present Exhibition, Lex Building Brussels, Malta, 2017; Leave a Mark, ICA, Mosta, 2016; #TIKKA, ICA, Mosta, 2015; Design Week Festival, Fort St. Elmo, Valletta, 2014; Bieganski Art Festival in Commemoration of WWI, MCC, Valletta, 2014
  • Awards

  • Royal Oversea Trophy Award, 2019; Charlotte Fraser Award, 2018; MCAST Award for Outstanding Performance, 2016
  • Funding

  • Endeavour Scholarship
Royal College of Art