Janie Nicoll

Janie Nicoll is a Glasgow based Visual Artist who studied Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and the MFA at Glasgow School of Art. She has a studio based and socially engaged practice, often creating hybrid-works across a range of media using collage techniques and collaboration with other artists or communities. 

She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, and recently spent three years as President of Scottish Artists Union (2014-'17). She is currently a Trustee for Engage the National organisation for Gallery Education.

Recent residencies use collaboration as a modus operandi. e.g. a Creative Lab at CCA Glasgow, 2012: a Collaborative Residency for Counterflows Music Festival 2013, at CCA; A Rough Mix cross platform collaborative residency for Magnetic North Theatre Co, at Tramway, March 2013; a Protest and Propaganda Lab at Metal Liverpool.

Exhibitions include Record Store, Aberdeen as part of Look Again Festival; Sluice Art Fair, London;Turin & Marseille Artists’ Exchangefor WASPS’s Studios; ‘Rough Edit’ at InterviewRoom11, part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2014, ‘East End Transmissions’ at the Pipe Factory: ‘New Wave’ at the “Old Hairdressers”, ‘Seven Inch’ and ‘Record Store’ at Monorail Records, Glasgow and Avalanche Records, Edinburgh; ‘Fools Gold’ at the Briggait Project Spaces.

She recently undertook In Kind, a research project with artist Ailie Rutherford, which aimed to chart the hidden economies of the arts, using Glasgow International 2018 as a case study. The project reveals the volume of unpaid labour, unseen and unaccounted for efforts, and volunteer hours that enable arts festivals to take place. In Kind questions the apparently successful arts festival model rolled out across major cities, and challenges whether this is a sustainable model for artists and who these festivals actually benefit.


Visual Artist, Glaswegian Dundonian, socially engaged freelancer. Curates, collaborates, interested in how art can make a difference. Former President of SAU. Trustee for Engage; Special Interest Rep for freelancers for Engage Council, and member of Engag