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Nicola Triscott

Nicola Triscott (2014)

Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer, curator and writer, specializing in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She has over 25 years’ experience as an arts professional and social entrepreneur.

Nicola is the founder and Director of Arts Catalyst, which she has built over 21 years into one of the UK’s most distinctive and respected contemporary 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 exhibitions, events, research and publications.

Nicola has curated numerous exhibitions and events for Arts Catalyst in the UK and internationally. She lectures widely, including at TATE, BALTIC, the British Museum, Courtauld Institute of Art, transmediale festival, Berlin, Sapporo International Art Festival, Japan, and transitio festival, Mexico City. She writes and publishes internationally, and has edited 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 inter-relationships between art, science and society.

Nicola was a founding 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.

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.

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Nicola Triscott is a cultural producer, curator and writer, specializing in the intersections between art, science, technology and society. She is the founder and Director of 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 exhibitions, events, research and publications. Nicola has curated many exhibitions and events for The Arts Catalyst. 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.