Gil Nicol worked with us to facilitate and train Efford community members as part of Take a Part’s engagement with British Art Show 7.
Members of the community were trained to be ‘plain speaking’ tour
guides, and with the support of Gil these community members then
delivered a series of short tours to parts of the exhibition for other
community members in Plymouth.
Gil trained as an artist and has over twenty-five years experience in
the arts. She has worked for numerous organisations including engage
(national association for gallery education), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham),
mac (midlands arts centre, Birmingham), Arts Council England, Creative
Partnerships (the Black Country), Tate Liverpool, Spike Print Studio and
Arnolfini in Bristol.
She spent four years with alias (artist-led initiatives advisory
service), working as a consultant to artist groups based in the South
West, and worked for nearly two years with ArtMatrix, offering
professional development advice for over 200 creative people in Bristol
and Wiltshire. She has written feasibility studies, business plans and
raised funds for a number of projects.
In 2009, she spent eight months at Tate St Ives on a work-based
Cultural Leadership programme working on audience development, and more
recently was Head of Interaction at Arnolfini. Since April 2011 she has
run her own agency – lightsgoingon – making contemporary art accessible
through training, courses and workshops. She is currently heading up an
Arts Council funded programme working with ten cultural organisations
across the South West, West and East Midlands, looking at the quality of
experience for the casual visitor to contemporary art galleries.
She has an MA in Fine Art Printmaking (Distinction) from University
of Brighton (1985-88) and an MA in Feminism and Visual Arts from
University of Leeds (1996-98).
Gill is a passionate communicator and a confident trainer, with a
focus on mentoring artists and creative businesses. She approaches life
with enthusiasm, energy and confidence, yet underpinned by a commitment
to research, evaluation and analysis.