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Nicola Triscott

Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer and writer, specializing in the intersections between art, science, technology and society.

She is the founder and Director of The Arts Catalyst, which she has built over 20 years into one of the UK’s most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that engage with science, including notable projects by Tomas Saraceno, Ashok Sukumaran, Aleksandra Mir, Otolith Group and Critical Art Ensemble, and the international nature of its programme of exhibitions, events, research and publications. Previously she worked in theatre and arts production, venue management and cultural policy, holding senior positions including acting Director of a London arts centre.

Nicola has curated many exhibitions and events, including at Tate, ICA, Natural History Museum and the Roundhouse. She lectures and publishes internationally, including books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, and ecological art. From 2007-9 she was a Visiting Researcher at London South Bank University. She blogs at www.nicolatriscott.org on the critical inter-relationships between the arts, humanities and our technoscientific society.

She is co-chair of the International Astronautical Federation’s Committee on Cultural Utilization of Space, has addressed the United Nations’ Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and was cultural consultant to the European Space Agency from 2005-8. From 2000, she organized (and participated in) several art and science parabolic ‘zero gravity’ flights with the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Russia.

Nicola is the co-founder of Catalyst Rwanda, working with vulnerable young people and emerging artists in Rwanda.

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Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer and writer, specializing in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She is the founder and Director of The Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that engage with science, including notable projects by Tomas Saraceno, Ashok Sukumaran, Aleksandra Mir, Otolith Group and Critical Art Ensemble, and the international dimension of its programme of exhibitions, events, research and publications. Nicola has curated numerous exhibitions and events. She lectures and publishes internationally, including books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, and ecological art. She blogs at www.nicolatriscott.org.

Nicola Triscott speaking at the Red Tape event, Royal College of Art, 2012

Speaking at the Red Tape event, Royal College of Art, 2012