Nadege Meriau’s experimental practice is principally photographic, but encompasses sculpture and video work. Best known for her use of organic matter - bread, chicken carcasses, honeycomb - her visceral and sensuous imagery both seduces and disorientates. Spaces are ambiguous and scale is distorted. For each piece the artist exercises both control and restraint, manipulating and coaxing her materials into certain behaviours or forms, whilst simultaneously allowing nature to take its course.
Meriau is a French artist based in North London. She completed an MA at the Royal College of Art and was shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries and the Conran Award in 2011, nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship 2012, the Arles Prix Decouverte 2012 and more recently the Prix Pictet 2014. Her photographic works are held in public and private collections in the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
2009-2011 - MA Photography at the RCA, London, UK
1994-1997 - BA Photography Bournemouth Art Institute, UK
Creativeworks London Award and Residency at Queen Mary University and the Centre for Studies for Home, Geffrye Museum, London., 2015
Millly Apthorp First Prize, Arts Depot Open, London., 2014
Nominated by Laura Noble for Prix Pictet 2014 ( Consumption), 2013
Nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship 2013 for
Still Life Photography, 2012
Nominated for Discovery Award (Prix de la decouverte)
Les rencontres d'Arles., 2012
Nominated for Lumi Art Award, 2011
Shortlisted for Hoopers Award , 2011
Winner Sustain RCA Honorary Mention Award, 2011
Shortlisted for Conran Award, 2011
Shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2011
Nominated for the National Magazine Award, 2010
Winner, Creative Review Annual., 2008
Nominated for the Sovereign European Art Prize by Greg Hobson, 2008
Winner Rencontres d'Arles Photo Folio Review and Gallery Prize, nominated by Benoit Rivero (Actes Sud)., 2007
Selected for the Art4Aid Exhibition and Unicef Auction, Amsterdam., 2007
Winner, Schweppes Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2005
Exhibitions & Residencies
Romanticism and the Sublime curated by Jonty Levin, Lubomirov-Angus-Hugues, London 30th Sept-23rd October
Secret European Studio curated by Paul Carey Kent , Arthouse1, London, 7-30 July
Why is it always December? curated by Greg Mac Cartney, Millenium Arts Court Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland, April-June
Aylesbury as Home curated by Hannah Flemming , Geffrye Museum, London, April-Sept
The Collective , Solo Show in Balzagette Room, The House of St Barnabas, London, Feb-June
London Art Fair with Jessica Carlisle, January
Animism curated by Jessica Carlisle, London December 2015
Sluice Art Fair with curators Day & Gluckman , London October 2015.
Demimonde curated by Slate Projects, Amberwood House, 17a Thurloe Place, SW7 2SA, London, 10-18 January 2015
Home Futures Creativeworks Award and Residency at The Centre for Studies of Home, Queen Mary University, London, 1 Feb-31 April 2015
Academy Now I Bologna, The Art Defender, Bologna, Italy, 25th Jan-14th Feb 2014
Screening of Lifeline II as part of SPUD collaboration, Anna Lindh Foundation,
Taroudant , Morroco, 9-13 April 2014.
Arts Depot Open ,Millly Apthorp Gallery, Arts Depot, London.
Biennale Internationale de L'Image, Site Alstom, Nancy, France, 3-18 May 2014.
Minutes Passing Slowly, Emma Critchley and Nadege Meriau, Regency Town House, Brighton Photo Fringe and Biennale, 3-19 October 2014
Academy Now, curated by Laura Petrillo, Hanmi Gallery, London 13-20 January 2013
Winter Open,The Florence Trust, London, February 2013
Au Centre de la Terre, Festival Les Photographiques, Centre des Expositions Paul Courboulay, Le Mans, France, 9-31 March 2013
Rushing to Paradise, The Royal Standard Project Space, 30th May-1st June 2013
Mycotopia, Solo show curated by Jude Benett, Anarch Gallery, Enclave Projects, Deptford, London 15th June- 31st August 2013
Antechamber curated by Day&Gluckman, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London 20th-June-2nd October 2013
Summer Show curated by Paul Bailey, The Florence Trust, London, 5th-14th July 2013
Colony curated by Anarch, 14 Warren Street, 5th-20th December
Snow, Ilan Engel Gallery, 10th November 2012- 20th January 2013
Tulca Arts Festival, Galway, November 2012, Ireland
Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed, Photographer's Gallery,September 2012.
Florence Trust Residency August 2012-July 2013, London
To the Centre of the Earth, Solo Show curated by Isabel de Vasconcellos as part of Global Feast during the Olympics, Old Stratford Town Hall
Discovery Award, Solo Show, Les Rencontres Internationales, July-Sept 2012 , Arles, France.
Photosoup Group Show including artists Melanie Stildoph, Ej Major and Eti Wade, Unit 24 Gallery, April 2012, London.
Group Show curated by Olivier Richon, Senior Common Room, Royal College of Art, Sept 2012- Sept 2013, London
RCA Work in Progress Show , Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
SHOW BATTERSEA , Royal College of Art, London.
Trick of the Light curated by Nick Kaplony, Core Gallery,London.
Summer Show, Hoopers Gallery,London
Sustain RCA Show & Award 2011, London Design Festival, Lower Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Brighton Fringe Open'11 Exhibition ,curatorial collective, mentor Charlotte Cotton, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
RCA Secret, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royall College of Art, London
MA Interim Show , Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
Album curated by Morgan Quaintance, Wolstenholme Project Space, Liverpool Biennal Independants, Liverpool.
Duets and Duels curated by Louise Clement, Kaunas Photography Festival 2010, Lithuania.
RCA Secret Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
Undercurrents, Fringe Focus Space,Brighton Photo Fringe Festival, Brighton.
Mise en Scene, Solo Show curated by Louise Clement as part of the Format International Photography Festival, The Quad,Derby, UK.
Curious Nature curated by Day+Gluckman, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London and toured to Newlyn Art Gallery,Cornwall.
Art for Aid JCI Sotheby’s UNICEF Juried Exhibition, Amsterdam
Voies Off Selection Internationale, Les Rencontres d'Arles.
Bloedmooi >curated by Silvia B,Group Exhibition including Karen Knorr, Alexander Mac Queen and Risk Hazekamp at the Historish Museum,Rotterdam.
An Inside Perspective, HATCH Magazine, Issue 04, Summer 2016
Review by Nicolas Johnson in Art Selector
Work published in Poetry and Art magazine Abridge 0_28
Article by Amy Marjoram in Issue 5 of Excerpt magazine
Essay by Erik Vroons in Gup magazine
Close Encounters by Colin Pantal in BJP, May Issue , 2013 (see pdf)
Article in Gault&Millau Magazine, France, November 2012
Interview by Carrie Levy in Wired, September 7, 2012-10-13
Review by Laura Noble, Laura Noble blog, July 2012
Review by Margaux Buyck , The Artship, August 24, 2012
Review in Karveelt in Wonderland blog, August 9, 2012
Review by Posi+tive Magazine, July 12 2012
Review by Lunettes Rouges, Le Monde blog, July 30, 2012
Review by Geraldine Dormoy, L’Express blog, July 16,2012
Review by Francis Hodgson, Financial Times Blog, July 13, 2012
Review by Sean O’ Hagan, The Guardian, July 8, 2012
Article by Hugh Mooney in RWA Bristol Art Magazine, Spring 2012
Contact Editions Blog, November 2011
Art Review, The Week, August 20, 2011
Artist Newsletter, June/July 2011
Review by Bridget Croaker , Troika Editions blog, June 2011
Review by Bradley Hayman in Artcritiqued blog, July 5,2011
Spectrum, Sunday Times, March 2009
Review by Rupert White, Art Cornwall , April 26, 2008 (see website)
Metro Art Review, November 11, 2005
Abridged 0_45 Why is it always December? Exhibition Catalogue, Spring 2016
Biennale Internationale de L'Image de Nancy catalogue, Collection Album, France.
Prix Pictet Consumption Book published by Te Neues
Academy Now catalogue published by Damiani
Poli Revue No 7, Les Imaginaire Comestibles.
Florence Trust 2013 catalogue
Abridged 0_28 Poetry and Photography Magazine edited by Greg Mac Cartney, NI
Tulca Arts Festival catalogue, November 2012
Rencontres Arles Photography 2012, Actes Sud.
Hardcover, Blackdog Publishing, 2011
Brighton Photo Fringe catalogue, 2011
Brighton Photo Fringe Festival catalogue, October 2010
Photocinema, Format Festival catalogue
Bloodmoi , Historisch Museum Rotterdam Exhibition catalogue
Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery Catalogue, 2005