Doctoral researcher and independent curator
Nikki Kane is an independent curator and a current PhD candidate at Edinburgh College of Art. Her AHRC-funded research there centres on the role of festivals in contemporary art careers, and is undertaken in partnership with Glasgow International and Edinburgh Art Festival.
Prior to this, Nikki studied History of Art at the University of Glasgow and later completed the Masters of Research in Creative Practices at Glasgow School of Art in 2015. She has presented projects and undertaken residencies in the UK and internationally, and was one of eight participants in CuratorLab 2016-17, an international programme based at Konstfack, Stockholm. She took part in Curatorial Studio 2017-18, was the Curator-in-Residence at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow in 2017, and was part of the committee at Market Gallery, Glasgow in 2014-16.
Nikki is on the board of trustees of artist-run space Market Gallery, and Wasps, who provide studio and workshop spaces across Scotland. In 2019, Nikki worked in the visual arts department at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA, researching and writing catalogue texts for an exhibition of works from the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary American art. She is a co-founder of Common Ground, a platform through which she has facilitated artist residencies in the Scottish Highlands and her Glasgow studio, and curated exhibitions and events. She also has 10 years of experience working with arts and cultural organisations in project management, production and administrative roles, in particular in the development and delivery of large-scale public art projects.