Nicola is the founder and Director of the Arts Catalyst, one of the UK’s most distinctive arts commissioning organisations, distinguished by ambitious artists’ commissions that experimentally and critically engage with science.
In its 20 years, Arts Catalyst has commissioned more than 125 artists’ projects, including major new works by Tomas Saraceno, Aleksandra Mir, Ashok Sukumaran, Otolith Group, Critical Art Ensemble, Jan Fabre, Yuri Leiderman, Stefan Gec, Marcel.li Antunez Roca, Beatriz da Costa, Kira O’Reilly, Agnes Meyer-Brandis and Marko Peljhan, and produced numerous exhibitions, events, performances and publications, collaborating with major arts, science and academic organisations in the UK and internationally.
Underpinning and complementing the Arts Catalyst’s commissions and exhibitions programme is its research strand. While Arts Catalyst remains dedicated to new artists’ commissions and public-facing exhibitions and events, its research activities extend the traditional boundaries of art, intersecting with science, technology, politics, sociology, law, and publishing. As well, Arts Catalyst runs a programme of critical discussion events, talks and workshops, which bring together people from different disciplines to reflect and create new ideas and alternative perspectives on science and culture.
Our many partners have included Tate, John Hansard Gallery, BALTIC, Tramway, ICA, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Roundhouse, AV Festival, Resonance FM, FACT, Stills Gallery, Imperial College, UCL, Newcastle University, Scott Polar Research Institute, HMKV Dortmund, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media Rotterdam, transmediale Berlin, Projekt Atol Ljubljana, Srishti School of Art, Media & Design Bangalore, SymbioticA Perth Australia, Leonardo-OLATS, the Natural History Museum, Royal Institution of Great Britain, CERN, Wellcome Trust, Sadlers Wells, London Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, the Centre for Mountain Studies and the European Space Agency.