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

Solo Exhibitions

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


Selected Group Shows

The Felicitous Encounter, duo show with Dorit Margreiter, Euca Annex, London, UK, 2023

Still Lyrical, RuptureXHIBIT, London, UK, 2023

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

Manifesta 8, bieniale, Murcia, ES, 2010

Performance, Sound, Talks

Between Law and Feeling, artist talk at UH BA Fine Art, Hatfeild, 2023

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

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

Art Night Open 2019,performance,Walthamstow, UK, 2019

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

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

Open Sound, performance, Outpost Gallery, Norwich, UK, 2018

Soft Roc, performance, KELDER Projects, London, UK, 2018

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

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

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

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

Painting: Speech Bubbles and Atoms, panel discussion, 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, performance, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK, 2013

Prospectus, performance, 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


I am currently a Lecturer in Fine Art at Kingston School of Art, UK.

I have lectured at:

Slade MA/MFA Painting, 2023

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design BA Fine Art, 2020-22

Norwich University of the Arts BA Fine Art, 2014-22

UAL International Summer School at Chelsea, CSM, Byam Shaw and Camberwell, 2008-2022

Chelsea College of Art and Design BA and MA Fine Art and MA Curation, 2012/19

Southampton Solent BA Fine Art, 2018

University of Brighton BA Fine Art Critical Practice, 2015-17

The University of Applied Arts Vienna MA in Printmaking, 2013

Gerrit Rietveld Academie BA courses, 2012

Dutch Art Institute MA Fine Art, 2010/12

The Ruskin School of Art BA Fine Art, 2011

Nottingham Trent University Ba Fine Art, 2011

Institute of Education, PGCE Art and Design Education, 2009

I have also worked with Gasworks, Chisenhale Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Camden Arts Centre, Southwark Park Galleries and Bow Arts Trust on their gallery education and outreach programmes between 2008-2022.


SALOME SALMACIS, online project, director, 2021 - present day. Artists: Serena Korda, Aimee Parrott, Angelina May Davis, Rita Evans, Sky Glabush, Rebecca Parkin, Mary Stephenson, Paul Becker, Donna Huddleston, Hannah Murgatroyd.

How can I deny these hands and this body are mine?, event, curator, Kelder, 2018. Artists: Debbie Kent, Lia Mazzari, Chooc Ly Tan, Richard Forbes Hamilton.

PLAY SENSE, exhibition, symposium and workshops, curator and artist, Gerald Moore Gallery, 2015. Artists: : Matthew Cornford, Annie Davey, Ralph Dorey, Dean Kenning, Tara Page, Florian Roithmayr. Supported by ACE.

Let's Sit Down and Talk About It, exhibition, curator and artist, Gerald Moore Gallery, 2014. Artists: Fay Nicolson and David Ben White.

Tokyo in the Fall, exhibition, co-curator with Henrik Potter and artist, Gerald Moore Gallery, 2014. Artists: Jonathan Baldock, Richard Forbes-Hamilton, Sophie Michael, Fay Nicolson, Christopher Orlando Page, Henrik Potter.

Accidentally on Purpose, exhibition, co-curator with Candice Jacobs, QUAD, 2012. Artists: Becky Beasley, Karen Cunningham, Michael Dean, Cyprien Gaillard, Ryan Gander, Paul Graham, Jonathan Monk, Rose O’Gallivan, Edit Oderbolz, Dan Rees, Clunie Reid, George Shaw, Ryszard Wasko. Supported by ACE.

Re-Run, online exhibition, co-curator with Majed Aslam, re-run.com and Banner Repeater, 2012. Artists: Actress, Ayshay, Nathan Barlex, David Blandy, Ami Clarke, Jess Flood-Paddock, Dean Kissick, Gil Leung, Chooc Ly Tan, Henrik Potter, Liz Price, Damien Roach, Oliver Smith, Jesse Wine.

Performance // Lecture, event, co-curator with Charles Ogilvie, RCA, 2010. Artists: Mark Davey, Richard Grayson, Nicholas Jeffrey, Stephen Knott, Fay Nicolson, Charles Ogilvie, Yelena Popova, Samuel Williams.

Fictions, exhibition, co-curator with Hugh Dichmont, Bonnington Gallery, 2009. Artists: High Dichmont, Aaron Juneau, Girolamo Marri, Fay Nicolson, Helen Perkins, Marianna Simnett, Jenny Syson. Supported by a-n.


I am a female artist from a working-class background. Born in the East Midlands I now live in South-East London. I primarily work with images and am influenced by Modernist histories of radical, synesthetic approaches to making and thinking, and how these legacies mutate but persist in contemporary life. I am drawn to the formal qualities of colour, composition and rhythm and how relationships between these things can affect us. The sensual qualities of art-works and how they represent or relate to bodies is important to me.

Recently I have been making images that explore staging, sets and performance – often drawing from the history of Constructivist theatre and the Ukrainian Avant Garde. These images play with flatness, space, abstraction, staging, and the relationship between subject and viewer. I am drawn towards pictorial devices that induce perceptual uncertainty; such as playing with perspective, layering, jarring patterns, fragmentation and resonant colour relationships.

For example, current paintings, murals and prints suggest perspectival space but remain abstract, with fragmented figures intersecting planes and patterns. The poses of this chaotic chorus explore gendered readings of physicality and the power of gesture as tool of non-verbal communication.

My paintings are a type of visual choreography. They could be experienced as scores for, or documentation of, fictional performance. They are ways of communicating harmony, dissonance, rhythm, cacophony. Diverse approaches to mark making collide to suggest movement, tension, (in)balance. My works often speak to communal rituals that happen outside of everyday time and space.

Alongside my studio-based practice I occasionally produce writing, sound, and performance. These works explore the concerns outlined above but use fiction, poetry, script writing or song as a format – connecting to wider contexts in art and cultural history. My writing has often explored the aesthetics and ideologies informing art education; tensions between experience and documentation and the possibilities for synaesthetic approaches to learning. For more info please visit the Library.


Beyond my practice I have lectured internationally, including institutions such as CSM, Chelsea, Camberwell, The Slade, University of Brighton, Norwich University of the Arts, Dutch Art Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Academie of Applied Art Vienna, Royal Institute of Art Stockholm. I am currently a lecturer at Kingston School of Art, London. I also run an online Art Salon called SALOME SALMACIS which focuses on discussions with fellow artists and exploring the intersecting fields of painting and performance. In 2015 I received Arts Council Funding for PLAY SENSE; a project encompasing a sympoisum, exhibition and series of workshops exploring the relationship between Art, Education and Documentation.




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