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Gill Nicol

Phone: +61 419 969 089
Email: gill@gillnicol.com
ABN: 16 469 365 041

With over 30 years of experience, I am a recognised global voice working with contemporary art and audiences. I came from the UK to work at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney in 2015, as Director, Audience Engagement until 2023. My expertise in the visual arts covers access, diversity and inclusion, research and evaluation, public programs, visitor experience training, and creativity and wellbeing.

Coaching and mentoring is also an integral part of my offer, having worked now with over 200 creative people. Current work looks at how to attract and develop audiences, along with a deep understanding of social impact and cohesion through cultural experiences; and the support that creative people need in order to flourish. I have developed an art and wellbeing offer that can adapt to work strategically with cultural organisations of all kinds, big or small, to support them as places that foster well-being, inclusion, diversity and connection.

recent projects

Orange Regional Gallery: providing training, advice and support on a new art and wellbeing program across 2024/25.

Moderna Museet Malmö: consulting with the learning team to deliver a pilot art and wellbeing program across 2024.

Creative Australia: commissioned in 2023, in collaboration with Morwenna Collett, to provide an Arts and Disability Needs Analysis and Audit. My focus was a Desktop Review resulting in an extensive 130 page report providing key insights into the critical service needs in the arts and disability sector in Australia. A high-level summary called Building Strong Foundations was released June 2024, available here.

Achieve Australia: Artful Program evaluation report co-authored with Morwenna Collett. In 2023, Achieve Australia launched Artful - a new pilot for a national, inclusive and accessible art program, consisting of workshops and an online Art Prize as a platform for creative expression for all people, with and without disability. June 2023 – Feb 2024.

Creation of a Gateways THiNK Masterclass, focusing on contemporary art. Designed for early secondary students to bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world and encouraging cross-disciplinary creative thinking. Dec 2023 – ongoing.

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.