Gill Nicol trained as an artist and has over twenty-five years experience in the arts. She has worked for numerous organisations including engage (national association for gallery education), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), mac (midlands arts centre, Birmingham), Tate Liverpool, Spike Print Studio and Arnolfini in Bristol. She spent four years with alias (artist-led initiatives advisory service), working as a consultant to artist groups based in the South West, and worked for nearly two years with ArtMatrix, offering professional development advice for over 200 creative people in Bristol and Wiltshire. She has written feasibility studies, business plans and raised funds for a number of projects; a recent example being a succesful capital bid to Arts Council England, South West to matchfund investment gained from East Devon District Council for the growth and expansion of Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton.
In 2009, she spent eight months at Tate St Ives on a work-based Cultural Leadership programme working on audience development, and was Head of Interaction at Arnolfini until February 2011. Recent work has included:
- The Visitor Experience Programme, an Arts Council England funded programme looking at the quality of experience for the casual visitor to ten contemporary art galleries across the South West, West and East Midlands
- Professional development sessions for students at Bath Spa University and University of Chichester
- Facilitator of ‘Come Along Do’; a discussion forum following art films at Chapter Art Centre, Cardiff
- Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England
- Training sessions in What is Contemporary Art and How to Engage Visitors at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth and Falmouth Art Gallery
Work coming up includes:
- Engagement Programmer for artSOUTH; an exciting opportunity for national and international artists to develop new works in collaboration with professionals/specialists of their choice in any other field or discipline. The project aims to instigate engaging and innovative collaborative commissions of the highest quality, for indoor and outdoor non-gallery locations across central southern England in Autumn 2013.
- Working with Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery to deliver three talks and produce a publication to celebrate their reopening in 2013.
She has an MA in Fine Art Printmaking (Distinction) from University of Brighton (1985-88) and an MA in Feminism and Visual Arts from University of Leeds (1996-98).
Gill is a passionate communicator and a confident trainer, with a focus on mentoring artists and creative businesses. She approaches life with enthusiasm, energy and confidence, yet underpinned by a commitment to research, evaluation and analysis.
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5252 is a project I have set myself; since the beginning of 2013 I have been sending out, via social media and my website, info and an image of a photographer of my choice. I do this to highlight and explore the range of photography that also speaks to me, and I say why within each post.
@art_south artSOUTH artists include Jordan Baseman, Jeremy Millar, Claire Barclay, Mel Brimfield and more..