About



Katie Nicoll is dedicated to developing and realising ambitious contemporary cultural projects and events in collaboration with key partners and stakeholders.

With extensive experience in large-scale national and international projects, Nicoll is able to offer a dedicated management structure that supports the development, production and presentation of work for any public platform.

The core of her business is to work in conjunction with the client and to bring as many opportunities to bear on each and every project to ensure it is delivered to the highest quality.

Katie Nicoll works primarily in the cultural sector, working with artists, curators and artistic and creative directors, to assist in the delivery of powerful, engaging and unique projects and events.

Contact



katie@katienicoll.co.uk

Projects



2014

EDIT

EDIT is a new piece of music inspired by the ebb of the tide, by love and by loss. A unique collaboration that brings Joe McAlinden's musical score, incorporating the textural sounds of one of Scotland's last remaining water powered pipe organs, together with a film by visual artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard who have sought to find an emotional truth in this work. Scripted by writer and actor Martin McCardie, it casts the remarkable new talent of Kate Bracken as the lead character, Jenny, to take the audience on both a physical and psychological journey.

Role: Producer

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2014

Tomorrow Is Always Too Long

Commissioned by The Common Guild as part of the Commonwealth 2014 celebrations, Phil Collin’s film is both a modern day city symphony and a love letter to Glasgow. Through a mix of musical numbers, animation and a uniquely Glaswegian cable TV station, the film conjures up a distinctive vision of a city. Collins spent over a year meeting people in maternity hospitals, schools, community groups and social clubs for the elderly, asking them to sing songs, make predictions for the future, debate the status of freedom in today’s society and guides us through the city’s most famous prison. With animation by Matthew Robins, stellar songs from Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, soundtrack contributions from Mogwai’s Barry Burns and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tomorrow Is Always Too Long is an exceptional new work by Phil Collins.

Role: Executive Producer

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2013

Scotland + Venice: Duncan Campbell, Corin Sworn and Hayley Tompkins

Returning to the Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina) in 2013, Glasgow-based visual arts organisation The Common Guild curated an exhibition of new works by Duncan Campbell, Corin Sworn and Hayley Tompkins, three of the most consistently interesting artists working in Scotland today. Corin Sworn was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2013 – 2015 and Duncan Campbell won the Turner Prize 2014 for 'It For Others' made for the Scotland + Venice 2013 exhibition.

Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland and they have been the commissioning body behind Scotland’s participation at the Venice Art Biennale since 2003. The main objective for the partners is to profile Scotland internationally as a centre of excellence for the development and promotion of contemporary visual art.

Appointed by The Common Guild in 2012, I was able to continue in the role as the Producer of Scotland + Venice working with the curatorial team to deliver the project in Venice as well as developing stakeholders and key partnerships to support the project.

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2012

Three Blows: Dialogue of Hands

Dialogue of Hands was an outdoor sculpture park located on an exterior courtyard at the City of Glasgow College. The exhibition was built around an immersive sensory environment, with an emphasis on real time audience participation and attracting families with children. Dialogue of Hands was named after a collaborative work by Helio Oiticica and fellow Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, in which one of each artist’s hands were joined together within the loop of a paper moebius strip. The title reflects Oiticica’s belief that the viewer who fully participated in his work was joining a critical experiment in the exercise of freedom. The four artists commissioned to make new work for this exhibition were Chris Johanson (USA), Camilla Løw (Norway), Mary Redmond (UK) and Corin Sworn (Canada/UK), all of which were designed to be touched and played with.

Three Blows was a not for profit arts organisation established in 2007 by curator Sarah Lowndes and producer Katie Nicoll, to develop and produce innovative projects and events. The aim of the organisation was to benefit artists and musicians by providing them with a unique performance context both in terms of venue and programme, to introduce new audiences to interdisciplinary activity and to stimulate debate around new artistic practices through discussion events. Other projects by Three Blows include Three Blows, St Cecilia’s Hall a weekend of experimental acoustic performance by visual artists/musicians (2008) and an all-women performance event Urlibido (2010) as part of the Open Glasgow programme of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

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2011

Scotland + Venice: Karla Black

A solo show in 2011 by Karla Black received critical acclaim for the work she made and presented at the Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina), the same venue used by Scotland + Venice in 2009. The majority of work was made on site using raw, as well as pre-prepared materials, using eight rooms on the second floor of the Palazzo. The exhibition was curated by The Fruitmarket Gallery and was accompanied by a publication which was available for the launch of the exhibition in Venice. Karla Black was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011.

Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland and they have been the commissioning body behind Scotland’s participation at the Venice Art Biennale since 2003. The main objective for the partners is to profile Scotland internationally as a centre of excellence for the development and promotion of contemporary visual art.

Appointed by the commissioners in 2007 as the Producer of Scotland + Venice, I have been working with the commissioners and the respective curatorial partner to deliver the project in Venice as well as developing stakeholders and key partnerships to support the project.

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2010

Three Blows: Urlibido

Urlibido was a cabaret-style night for the ‘Open Glasgow’ section of Glasgow International 2010. A one–off event staged in the eighteenth century setting of Sloans Grand Ballroom in Glasgow. Live events included a new performance work by Shelly Nadashi, called Affectionate Still. There was also a live performance by Susie Green inspired by the visions of Hildegard von Bingen, and new collaborative musical compositions by Cara Tolmie and Kimberley O’Neill using song, sampled sound and live performance. The ballroom was re-imagined through projected images of faces made up in 1920 and 30s period styles by make-up artist Morag Ross. Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth’s An Infusion of the Evening Air combined audience, performers, stage, seating, tables, curtains and lighting, rendering the mise-en-scène the material of the work.

Three Blows was a not for profit arts organisation established in 2007 by curator Sarah Lowndes and producer Katie Nicoll, to develop and produce innovative projects and events. The aim of the organisation was to benefit artists and musicians by providing them with a unique performance context both in terms of venue and programme, to introduce new audiences to interdisciplinary activity and to stimulate debate around new artistic practices through discussion events. Other projects by Three Blows include Three Blows, St Cecilia’s Hall a weekend of experimental acoustic performance by visual artists/musicians (2008) and an outdoor sculpture park for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art called Dialogue of Hands (2012).

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2009

Scotland + Venice: Martin Boyce

This was the first solo exhibition from Scotland at the Venice Biennale, presented in a C15th palazzo close to the Grand Canal chosen by the artist. The majority of the work was fabricated in Scotland and installed on site, using seven rooms on the 2nd floor of the Palazzo. Martin Boyce won the Turner Prize in 2011. The exhibition was curated by Dundee Contemporary Arts and this work was re-presented at DCA in December 2009 as part of their 10 year celebrations.

Scotland + Venice is a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland and they have been the commissioning body behind Scotland’s participation at the Venice Art Biennale since 2003. The main objective for the partners is to profile Scotland internationally as a centre of excellence for the development and promotion of contemporary visual art.

For each presentation the commissioners appoint a curatorial partner who select the artist/s and enable significant new work to be realised for exhibition in Venice including the promotional and dissemination of that work.

Appointed by the commissioners in 2007 as the Producer of Scotland + Venice, I have been working with the commissioners and the respective curatorial partner to deliver the project in Venice as well as developing stakeholders and key partnerships to support the project.

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2008

Three Blows: St Cecilia’s Hall

A weekend of acoustic performance by contemporary visual artists and musicians set in the unique space of St. Cecilia's Hall in Edinburgh in July 2008. St. Cecilia's Hall is the oldest purpose built concert hall in Scotland and has special acoustic properties, owing to the oval shape of the room and the elliptical domed ceiling. The programme consisted only of acoustic music, divided into two themed evenings entitled For the Voice and Imaginary Landscape respectively. The event showcased a wide range of innovative acoustic compositions, including unaccompanied singing, non-amplified improvisation and interactive mechanical musical contraptions.

Three Blows highlighted the innovative practice of Scotland-based artists / musicians Tattie Toes, Correcto, Richard Youngs, Sarah Kenchington, Tony Swain and Rude Pravo. We also had a seminal figure from the experimental music scene performing as a headline act on each night of the weekend: Red Krayola frontman, Mayo Thompson and "prepared guitar" pioneer Keith Rowe.

Three Blows was a not for profit arts organisation established in 2007 by curator Sarah Lowndes and producer Katie Nicoll, to develop and produce innovative projects and events. The aim of the organisation was to benefit artists and musicians by providing them with a unique performance context both in terms of venue and programme, to introduce new audiences to interdisciplinary activity and to stimulate debate around new artistic practices through discussion events. Other projects by Three Blows include the all-women performance event Urlibido (2010) and the sculpture park, Dialogue of Hands (2012) both of which were presented as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art respectively.

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2007

Jardins Publics

Featuring three internationally acclaimed artists, Taiwanese painter Michael Lin, Stockholm-based former architect Apolonija Sustersic, and Glasgow-based Richard Wright, Jardins Publics asked the audience to consider the garden as an essentially social rather than natural space, a cultivated, created, man-made environment. With diverse references from Voltaire, through Patrick Geddes to the late Ian Hamilton Finlay, the exhibition took its inspiration form the city of Edinburgh itself, home to Geddes – the father of modern town planning and an advocate of the social value of the garden.

Works were site-specific and locations were: East Princes Street Gardens, Chessels Court, off the Royal Mile, an apartment in London Street in the New Town and St George’s Well on the Water of Leith.

Jardins Publics was curated by Katrina Brown and produced by Katie Nicoll for the Edinburgh International Festival, 2007.

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2005

Foighidinn - The Crimson Snowdrop

Shot on 35mm film, Foighidinn was directed by Simon Miller, produced by Young Films and the cinematographer was Simon Dennis. This short Gaelic film was filmed over five days in a variety of external and internal locations on the Isle of Skye and told an epic tale of patience, as told by a grandfather to his three grandchildren. Role: Production Manager

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2005

Radiance

Radiance was Glasgow and Scotland’s first major ‘Festival of Light’ produced by NVA on behalf of Glasgow City Council. For three evenings, almost 70,000 visitors walked through the city experiencing a range of light works by some of the world’s leading designers and visual artists, creating a stunning transformation of the city centre.

The festival allowed people to rediscover Glasgow’s remarkable range of buildings and locations resplendent through original lighting schemes, projections, installations, artworks and events, linked by a flowing trail along its tight network of roads and lanes.

Working with curator Katrina Brown, NVA invited artists to make and/or present site-specific work and included artists Ross Sinclair, Fiona Banner, David Bachelor, Mischa Kubal, Frank Scurti and Adrian Paci.

Role: Co-Producer

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2004

Six Hours of Daylight

One of five short films commissioned by Cineworks, and funded by the UK Film Council, BBC Scotland and Cineworks, Six Hours of Daylight was written and directed by Joseph Briffa and produced by Katie Nicoll in 2004. Filmed in Glentrool Forest, Dumfries and Galloway over three nights, this short film won Best New Work at the Scottish BAFTA’s in 2004.

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2003

The Hidden Gardens

The Hidden Gardens is Scotland’s first sanctuary garden dedicated to peace. The permanent garden completely transformed an area of industrial wasteland, behind Tramway Arts Centre in East Pollokshields. The Hidden Gardens aims to be a place of inspiration and a respite from hectic urban life.

The gardens were originally created by NVA through an innovative partnership, involving award winning landscape architects City Design Co-operative. Four artists were commissioned to make works for The Hidden Gardens and they were Julie Brook, Alec Finlay, Gerry Loose and Stephen Skrynka. A process that took three years, The Hidden Gardens has been a hugely transformative aspect for Tramway and the City of Glasgow. Role: Project Director

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2003

Rank

Directed by David Yates and produced by P45 Films and Brocken Spectre, Rank tells the story of a street gang that cross Glasgow to witness the arrival of a group of Somali refugees. The themes of racism, friendship and adolescence are reflected throughout the film. Written by Robbie McCallum, Rank was based and shot in Glasgow over five days by cinematographer Ryszard Lenczewski. Role: Production Manager

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2001–2003

Long Term Lighting Initiative

Over a period of three years, as Events Director at NVA, we earmarked four buildings for their architectural style and strategic positions within the city and made them subject to innovative artist-led lighting designs. This was in response to funding being made available from Glasgow City Council as part of their long-term lighting strategy for the city. Lighting designer David Bryant, who had a long established working relationship with NVA, illuminated two buildings and structures using LED and fibre optic technology and they were the College of Building & Printing (now known at City of Glasgow College) and the Glasgow Tidal Weir. The iconic weathervane on top of Merchants House overlooking George Square was lit by designer, Ross Gerry and the chimney at The Hidden Gardens by Jonathan Speirs.

The aim of this project was to improve the public perception of the built environment in darkness. From this project, I was then invited to speak at the international conference for LUCI (Lighting Urban Communities Initiative) in Lyon in 2003.
Role: Event Director

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2001

The Turning Tide

The first short film Nicoll was involved with was The Turning Tide, written and directed by Richard Weeks and produced by Brocken Spectre. The Turning Tide was a film noir set on a deserted beach on the north west coast of Scotland, filmed over a week in September 2001. Role: Production Manager

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2000

The Path

In May 2000 NVA staged a two-hour nighttime walk where audiences encountered a range of artistic responses, from light and sound installations to more complex international performance and music, built around key natural features within the glen. The ‘horseshoe’ route followed an old drove road/peat track rising to 1,500 feet past a flowing burn with deep pools, rock falls, ancient trees and scattered shielings.

This unique journey into the heart of a powerful natural landscape had the central aim of rediscovering what people might have forgotten, rather than just creating something new. Linking in with old associations through procession and pilgrimage, the event picked up on the spirit of wandering, where the action allowed time for discovery and reflection at the participant’s chosen pace.

Extending this connection, The Path made an elemental comparison with one of the world’s other great highland cultures, that of the Himalayas, where Buddhism has underpinned and sustained a remarkable connection between people and place over the millennia. NVA brought musicians, singers and sherpa guides over from the East to create a specific transformation of a section of the landscape from a Nepalese/Tibetan perspective.

Role: Event Director

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1998

National Day for Britain

NVA organisation was commissioned by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to create and produce the National Day for Britain at Expo 98 in Lisbon, Portugal on 28th June 1998. Operating on a 5km site employing seven thousand people, there were many complexities, which were to stretch the company to its fullest potential. The team successfully produced four major site-specific productions with only one night get-in and no location rehearsal for any element. These included a Royal Gala Concert 'Songs of the Seas', art installations across the site 'Spirit of Invention', a Midsummer Fire Festival and 'Elemental', the best of British club culture.

Artists and musicians involved in this event included Julie Christie, Gavin Bryars, Craig Armstrong, David Holmes, DJ Twitch, Karen Matheson, Anne Bean, Bruce Gilchrist, Matthew Dalziel & Louise Scullion, The Dragon Ladies and ISO.
Role: Event Director

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