About/Biog

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Nicola Triscott (2018)

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Nicola Triscott PhD is a curator, researcher and writer, specializing in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. Since 2019, Nicola has been Director/CEO of FACT (Centre for Film, Art & Creative Technology) in Liverpool, UK, where she curated the exhibition And Say the Animal Responded? in 2020. Previously, she was the founding Artistic Director/CEO of Arts Catalyst (from 1994 to 2019) and Principal Research Fellow at University of Westminster (2017-19). Over 25 years, Nicola built Arts Catalyst into one of the UK’s most distinctive and respected art and research organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions, including notable projects by Tomás Saraceno, Otolith Group, Ashok Sukumaran, Marko Peljhan, Ariel Guzik, and Critical Art Ensemble. Nicola lectures and publishes internationally.

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Nicola Triscott PhD is a curator, researcher and writer, specializing in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. Since 2019, Nicola has been Director/CEO of FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology) in Liverpool, UK.

Previously, Nicola was the founding Artistic Director/CEO of Arts Catalyst (from 1994 to 2019), and Principal Research Fellow at the University of Westminster (2017-19). Over 25 years, she built Arts Catalyst into one of the UK’s most distinctive and respected contemporary arts and research organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions, including notable projects by Tomás Saraceno, Otolith Group, Carey Young, Ashok Sukumaran, Marko Peljhan, Ariel Guzik, Aleksandra Mir, Jan Fabre, Donald Rodney, Helen Chadwick, and Critical Art Ensemble. Nicola has curated numerous exhibitions and events  in the UK and internationally. She lectures and publishes internationally, and has edited books on art and technology in the Arctic, art and space, physics in culture, and ecological art. She blogs at www.nicolatriscott.org.

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

Previously, Nicola worked in theatre and arts production, venue management and cultural policy, holding senior positions including acting Director of a London arts centre. She co-founded Catalyst Rwanda, a non-profit initiative working with vulnerable young people and emerging artists in Rwanda.