Nicola Atkinson



Nicola Atkinson

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Nicola Atkinson is an internationally acclaimed multi-disciplinary artist and designer whose career has been influenced by time spent on the West Coast of America, Sweden and living in Glasgow. Her dazzling public artwork specialises in place-making, social cohesion and community engagement and is displayed in museums and landscapes across Scotland, the USA, Cuba, Iceland and Europe.

Her interventions have always been both large and intimate in scale, have changed community identities and formed active relationships with the built environment. Never fixed to one place or a single institution, they provide the blueprint for new ideas in art-making.

In 2021, Nicola and her art studio Beautiful Materials exhibited at the Venice Biennale and the V&A Dundee. You can hear her talk on “Art Came in the Night”; a 2022 documentary on public art for BBC Radio 4, presented by artist Kevin Harman. “Memory Tree”, 2023, is an example of her public artwork. This memorial is crafted in Scotland using high-grade stainless steel and installed permanently in Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen designed by LDA Design.

In 2024 she worked in Winchburgh, Scotland Creative Identity Framework, coming up with a unique concept of Winchburgh Historic Portals, which act as a gateway and record that links to something bigger and more detailed. Designing artworks which have been installed at the three sheltered bus stops on Main Street. The bus stops were a perfect site for the artworks, as a very important link between the Winchburgh community and the surrounding area. They are bright on a dull day and fantastic on a sunny day.

Clients include:

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, City of Nuremberg, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Long Beach Museum, Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Lidköping, Sweden, Sustrans, Paths for All, the NHS, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government, Outer Spaces, LDA Design and many Local Authorities including Aberdeen City, Dundee, Dumfries & Galloway, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Moray, Sandwell, Stirling and West Lothian.





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