Nic Acaster Artist
All recent work has been made from the timbers and metals taken from a 30ft Hastings and Rye fishing boat, ''Rosie Haze,'' RX320, (image above, as a working vessel on Hastings beach) which Nic bought and decommissioned in 2016.
This art project has taken on many forms to include, a site specific 40ft sculpture of a Blue Whale,(image above) exhibited at Waveney Valley Sculpture trail in 2018.
Rye Oystercatcher,(image above) exhibited at the www.visualartopen.com 2020 finalist.
Nic is presently working on a collection of sea birds made from these timbers to cast out of the bronze propeller shaft and fixings from 'RX320'. She will be sand casting some work at the Harling foundry in Hastings and researching other materials such as recycled ocean waste.
Nic's practice has always been driven by sustainable ethics and a natural affinity with repurposing wooden structures, especially boats. Her Father was a boat builder and the materials, structures and precision of his craft runs through and directs her as an artist.
In 1994-2015 whilst living in Brighton Nic became interested in collecting driftwood and found objects. It soon developed into a business and she leased a disused fisherman’s arch on Brighton seafront and started her own studio/gallery. Here she became a founder member of the Brighton Artist Quarter. During this time, she worked with and influenced the development of Brighton’s Wood Re-cycling Centre and from 2001 exhibited through open houses during the Brighton festival..