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Biography | Nicole Barakat
B. 1977
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

Nicole Barakat is an artist who works to unpick the borders of art and life, re-examining intersections between drawing and textiles, collaboration, live work and community-engagement.  Her work embodies the love and patience that often characterises traditional textile practices.  Nicole approaches making as a form of meditation, with intentions to transform the conditions of everyday life, conjuring new ways of thinking, feeling and envisioning reality.

Barakat completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Craft Arts) in Textiles in 2002 with first class honours at the University of NSW Art & Design (formerly College of Fine Arts).  She has exhibited and performed throughout Australia and internationally in San Francisco, Stockholm and London.  She has worked as an art educator for over thirteen years, which includes lecturing in fine arts at UNSW COFA from 2003 – 2011 and she currently works as an artist educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW.  Barakat undertook an artist residency in Bethlehem, Palestine in 2010. 

Barakat has been a finalist in the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award (2011 & 2013) and has been awarded grants from the Australia Council and Arts NSW. 

Nicole made her curatorial debut with Lacebook at the Peacock Gallery, Auburn with a Curatorial Support Initiative grant from Museums and Galleries NSW.

Nicole’s practice includes extensive collaborative community-engagement and participated in the award-winning Sydney Festival event Minto: Live (2011) with Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Within this practice, she sees respect and equality as the leading principles that drive the exchange of experience, knowledge and skills. Her most recent project, Shadow Places (a collaborative project with community in Narrandera, NSW) was exhibited as part of Sydney Design Festival at the Powerhouse Museum in partnership with the Cad Factory and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.  

Nicole has a passion for the potential of imagination and art to create social change.