Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Synthetic Spaces Exhibition

Synthetic Spaces: The Digital Exploration of Three Sites in Huddersfield
Professor Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park

31st January – 17th February 2019
Open Mon-Sat 11-4pm
Exhibition Launch 12th February 2 – 5pm
Market Gallery,
Temporary Contemporary, Queensgate Market, Huddersfield HD1 2UH

Friday, 16 November 2018

Themes Forms Materials Techniques

Works in Progress from MArch Architecture Year 3

Curated by: Professor Nic Clear, Hyun Jun Park Vijay Taheem

MARKET HARDWARE: Queensgate Market, Units 154 -158
Wednesday 7th November to Tuesday 20th November
Opening Times: Mon – Fr1  9.00 – 5.30, Sat 8.30 – 5.30

The creative arts play a significant part in the UK’s economic infrastructure and with the impending social and political transformations that are being brought about by the implementation of greater levels of de-industrialisation and automation the importance of creative practice is expected to grow as we move into a more knowledge-based economy.

Kirklees have identified art and culture as an important strategic element for the future of Huddersfield and its town centre with initiatives involving the University, local citizens and other key stakeholders. It is a strategy that is already impacting at a number of levels from Town Planning to site specific installations in the Queensgate Market. Huddersfield is a town that has a history for innovation and an abundance of empty space.

Currently the School of Art Design and Architecture is working with Kirklees to develop these ideas through the ‘TEMPORARY CONTEMPORARY’ initiative part of which is dedicated to ‘Re-Thinking Huddersfield’.

Final year MArch Architecture students have been asked to look at how art and culture might be used as part of a wider set of spatial strategies to encourage social transformation, create new cultural ecologies, develop new building typologies, and to empower citizens to communicate their ambitions and frustrations, and commemorate their successes and their tragedies.

Students have drawn upon their own cultural and spatial interests to develop meaningful projects that will facilitate their architectural journey beyond the university and to develop a model of practice that will set them up as designers in the 21st century.

The first part of the year has been to identify tactics, strategies, techniques and themes that will enable students to develop their Design Thesis and present their initial concepts as part of an exhibition of work in progress at Market Hardware in the Queensgate Market as part of TEMPORARY CONTEMPORARY.
Nic Clear 2018

Monday, 12 November 2018


When people ask ‘what do you do?’ The answer is very simple. I draw lines; lines, lines, lines, lines, lines. I draw lines from the front, lines from the top, lines from the side and lines that recede into infinity. They are good lines, fine lines, worthy lines. In the world of lines they are tops, m-m-m-m-m-mustard.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Lecture IKA Vienna

F.U.N.: A City of Tomorrow
08.10.2018 | 19h | IKA Augasse 

Room: IKA Forum / 1st floor, core N
Augasse 2–6, 1090 Vienna

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

100 DRAW-ings Lecture

Lecture by Professor Nic Clear

Wednesday 26th September 16.15 pm

Bronte Lecture Theatre  BLG / 10

University of Huddersfield

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Chthonopolis at the Royal Academy Summer Show

I am pleased to announce that the 'Chthonopolis' has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Show.

This follows on from the 'Gold Mine' which was exhibited in 2015

Monday, 9 April 2018

Retrospective 2018

Retrospective 2018
As part of the 'Market Hardware' exhibition I am exhibiting a series of sixteen fragments of vector drawings produced over the last several years.

Nic Clear

Market Hardware

Title: Market Hardware
Location:Units 154 - 158, Queensgate Market, Huddersfield
Open: 6th April – 28th April

Market Hardware is an exhibition of current design research from the Department of Architecture and 3D Design at the University of Huddersfield. The exhibition shows a diverse approach to design research from analytical studies of existing projects, innovative product design proposals and photographic studies of hospital waiting areas and Chinese housing typologies to more speculative approaches to digital graphics, gestural representations and collage.

All the work embodies an approach of practice based research that attempts to open up design to wider forms of dissemination avoiding the narrowly defined protocols of traditional design representation.

 Nic Clear, Helen Darnell, Danilo Di Mascio, Adrian Evans, Yun Gao, Joanne Pigott-Hakim, Carl Meddings, Adrian Pitts, Penny Sykles, Ertu Unver, Hazem Ziada

Curator: Nic Clear

Monday, 27 November 2017

Inaugural Lecture + Exhibition

Professor Nic Clear
Inaugural Lecture

FUN: Future Urban Networks
Thursday 30th November 2017, 6.30pm
Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]
University of Greenwich
Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD


Project Space: Selected Architectural Projects 2017
Matthew Buckley, Iulia Cistelecan, Andrei Ciprian Cojocaru, Vlad Dumitru,
De He, Sofia Kanarelli, Farid Karim, Nic Clear and Hyun Jun Park
27th November to 16th December

Private View
7.30 – 9.30pm
Thursday 30th November 2017
Project Space
University of Greenwich
Stockwell Street
London SE10 9BD

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Underground Drawings

The Underground Drawings

Conventional technical drawing assumes that the drawing is rational, functional and objective; drawings are produced to communicate an intention, an instruction, or a clarification. These drawings question those conventions and protocols, these drawings are not rational or functional they are gestural and playful and what they communicate is expressive rather than pragmatic. The starting point of the drawings were the five chapter titles of Marko Jobst's text; Object; Space; Interior; Image; Movement, mapping out the themes that the text evoked selecting the station layouts and references that resonated with the ideas that that the text alludes to. The drawings were principally made by overdrawing axonometric projections from London Underground that show the organisation and layout of individual stations, the stations. It should be stressed that the original drawings made by London Underground are themselves a fiction edited to show only principal circulation and abstracted to avoid the complexities of the subterranean system they are part of.  The overdrawing is performed in a loose gestural manner rather than an exact tracing, the ‘inaccuracies’ are further distorted be stretching and rescaling to fit the drawing frame. Different pairs of drawings were then juxtaposed against one another. Against the main drawings other elements are composited within the picture, some taken directly from the text or from my own readings and interests. Specific framing devices are set within the composition as are notational elements from the original LU drawings. The underground drawings clearly refer to a number of other works particularly Guy Debord’s ‘The Naked City’ as well obvious references to Bernard Tschumi’s “Manhattan Transcripts” and Daniel Liebeskind’s ‘Micro-megas”.

The Underground Drawings were produced for Marko Jobst's book 'A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground', published by AADR,