Fay Nicolson



Turps Off Site Programme, 2022

Royal College of Art, MA, 2011

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, BA Fine Art, 2006


Dithyramb, Quip & Curiosity, Cambridge, 2023

SPA SONGS, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, 2019

TONE POEMS, Invites, London 2019

Sound before Symbol, DKUK, London, 2018

SPA SONGS, Brunel Museum, London, 2018

I Love Your Euclidean Stance, Galileo Flow, Towards, Toronto, CA, 2016

OVER AND OVER PURE FORM, Kunstraum, London, UK, 2016

UN MAKE ME, Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, DE, 2015

PLAY SENSE, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK, 2015

A P E L, Almanac Projects, London, UK, 2013

P A R E, West Lane South, London, UK, 2013

WORK WITH MATERIAL, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2013



Slung over the bones of a collage, 36 Gallery and Gallery North, Newcastle, UK, 2022

Resist, Terrace Gallery, London, UK, 2022

All the same age at different times, Fitzrovia Gallery, London, UK, 2022

STRUCTURES, COSAR HMT, Düsseldorf, DE, 2020

The Immeasurable, Thameside gallery, London, UK, 2019

APARREL, Division of Labour, Manchester, UK, 2018

Education, Education, Education, Learn, Learn, Learn, Division of Labour, UK, 2018

Say What?, ASC Gallery, London, UK, 2016

UEP, Addaya Centre d'Art Contemporani, Mallorca, ES, 2016

Basic Structures of, Austrian Cultural Forum, London, UK, 2016

FACE TO FACE: Artists from the Ernesto Esposito Collection, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, IT, 2016

The Place of the Scene, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK, 2015>

Madrugada: Louisa Gagliardi, Fay Nicolson, Tomorrow Gallery, NY, USA, 2015

Jacopo Miliani, Fay Nicolson, Jackson Sprague, Frutta, Rome, IT, 2015

2015 Elapse / End, MAISTERRAVALBUENA, Madrid, ES, 2015

Exquisite Collapse, blip blip blip, Leeds, UK,2015

The Decorator and the Thief (…), NGCA & Priestman Gallery, Sunderland, UK, 2015

Mostyn Open 19, Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK, 2015

Outpost Members' Open, (selected by Martin Westwood), Outpost, Norwich, UK,2014

ACCORDION, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, UK, 2014

before breakfast…, Tenderpixel, London, UK, 2014

Textile Languages, Thalie Art Project, Brussels, BE, 2014

Mind Rhymes, Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London, UK, 2013

Open Cube, Mason's Yard White Cube, London, UK, 2013

Take Me Out, Limoncello, The London Art Fair, London, UK, 2013

Things That Have Interested Me, Waterside Contemporary, London, UK, 2012

Performance & Sound

Fay Nicolson, Rob Lye, Oliver Sutherland, Cafe Oto, 2021

Twang Achoo Clang Oooff!, RTM / TACO!, London/Online, UK, 2020

Art Night 2019, Open, Walthamstow, UK, 2019

Katz Mulk, Chapter Arts Centre and Café Oto, Cardiff and London, UK, 2019

Art Education: Interesting Histories and Alternative Futures, Loughborough University, UK, 2019

Open Sound, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, UK, 2018 Soft Roc, KELDER Projects, London, UK, 2018

A COMMUNITY OF SENSATION, Jupiter Woods, London, UK, 2017

P S Y C H O P L A S T I C, Estorick Collection, London, UK, 2017

OVER AND OVER PURE FORM, Royal Institute of Art, Stockhlolm, SE, 2017

Alpha, Isis, Eden, event, Showroom, London, UK, 2017

Painting: Speech Bubbles and Atoms, ICA, London, UK, 2017

Quantum Leap, event for 24 SPACES: A CACOPHONY at Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, SE and Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2013

Lecture Performance, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK, 2013

An-artist, Unlearning, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK, 2013

Prospectus, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK, 2012

Bursary & Commission

ACE Emergency Covid Fund, 2020

a-n Artist Bursary, 2018

10th Niche Commission, The National Trust, 2016

Go and See Bursary, a-n bursary to visit and review the Venice Biennale, 2015

ACE Project Grant for PLAY SENSE, 2015

ACE Project Grant for Accidentally on Purpose, 2012


Jupiter Woods, London, 2017

Montiverdi Gallery, curated by Sarah McCrory, Sienna, 2015

Eltham College / Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK, 2013-15

Triangle International Artist Workshop, with Gasworks and the British Council, Muscat, Oman, 2013


Interview with Elizabeth Corkery, print Club, 2019

Cura Blog, feature of solo exhibition, May 2016

Mousse Blog, feature of solo exhibition, May 2016

Mousse Blog, Feature of group exhibition, December 2015

Artnews, The Year in Galleries in New York, feature of group exhibition, December 2015

Cura, feature of group exhibition, September 2015

Dazed Digital, The most Exciting Shows to See this Summer, feature of group exhibition, July 2015

Art Forum, review of group show at Frutta, July 2015

Kaleidoscope Blog, MEET Fay Nicolson by George Vasey, May 2014


Fay Nicolson (b. 1984, Derby) is an artist based in South East London. Nicolson’s work cuts a dynamic line between performance and painting. Visual works channel the energy of performance and draw out synesthetic connections between sound, movement and image. Nicolson has a long-standing interest in the cross-disciplinary projects of the avant-garde. Historical research fuels experimental studio practice that foregrounds embodiment, staging and play. These concerns are explored within Nicolson’s images but expand beyond the art object’s bounds to include a consideration of how art works are installed and experienced in galleries, theatres and beyond.

As well as exhibiting in galleries internationally, Nicolson has also performed musical and dance works as a solo artist, collaborator and performer. Nicolson has taught internationally and currently lectures at Kingston School of Art. Nicolson runs online art salon Salome Salmacis. To read more about Nicolson’s practice, research and inspiration please head to the Library.




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