About Nick Renshaw

I come originally from Yorkshire in the north of England. My practice as a visual artist has been influenced by extensive and wide ranging work, study, and collaboration with centres of excellence across the visual arts field.  

My artistic developments echo the influences which have formed the backdrop to my work. Whether that be from formative years in York, a city steeped in rich, mythic and historical layers. Through study and work with culturally diverse centres in the United Kingdom, United States, The Netherlands, and more recently in China. Or, as has been evidenced through the development of my studio and base in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Experiences gathered along the way have provided an understanding of the visual arts, as well as of cultural perspectives in general, a character which is both eclectic and inclusive. This has led subsequently to the development of a unique visual language which is frequently characterised through the use of the ceramic material in all its forms.

My work has been shown both widely and internationally through solo and group exhibitions. I have acted as visiting lecturer, undertaken both public and private commissions, and my work can be found in the collections of a wide variety of museum, corporate and public organisations, as well as those of many private individuals around the world.

Complementing studio work I have worked frequently on location and as resident artist across Europe, North America, and China. The often monumental scale of my work has involved the realisation of new work in these different locations, taking part in exhibitions, as well as deepening my understanding of alternative cultural views regarding ceramics, art and society. My previous doctoral research with the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom drew on my extensive knowledge in the field of residence and work centres for work concerning the ceramic medium. The European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) in the Netherlands, the leading ceramic work and residence centre for the visual arts, was the principle focus of the work 'The European Ceramic Workcentre as Successful Model: Evaluating the Standing, Nature and Potential for Practice in Ceramic Art Residencies' (2014).

I am currently teaching at Xiamen University in the south of China, and new work is continuing to be produced and developed for forthcoming presentations and collaborations. A new body of works entitled 'Tong An' can currently be seen in the British Centre in the IFC in Guangzhou.

For details and enquiries regarding the scheduling of upcoming exhibitions, previous projects, the arrangement of presentations, addition to the mailing list, and all other work related enquiries please contact my studio at:


For information regarding available works please either make contact with one of the network of collaborating organisations, through the same email address, or by making contact via LinkedIn or Twitter.