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Nicola Chamberlain

Course Leader

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering


Nicola Chamberlain is course leader for fine art and teaches on all of the practice based units. She studied fine art at Goldsmith’s College of Art before completing a masters degree in fine art media at the Slade School of Art, UCL. She is currently studying for a PHD at The Royal College of Art.

She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and was most recently represented by Arte Contemporanea and the 404 Gallery in Italy.

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Teaching experience

Prior to joining Solent University, Nicola was Research Fellow/Artist in Residence at Gloucestershire University and a lecturer at the Arts University of Bournemouth.

Research interests

Nicola's specific interest lies in drawing with the digital line. In most drawing software, the line is auto corrected in order to be fluid and continuous - this might be viewed as a kind of straightening device. Nicola investigates whether there might be a potential for queerness when drawing with the discontinuity of a pixelated line - might it open up some kind of fissure, gap or space of opposition through which something other might be more fully recognized or represented?

Nicola's research activities also include:

  • OVADA consultation/visit
  • Eastside Projects consultation/visit
  • Journal of the Contemporary Painter seminar
  • Absurdity
  • The Seventh Wonder of The ZAD
  • Contemporary Arts Society: Aron Cezar, Annie Ratti and Ilaria Puri Purini
  • Pass The Parcel
  • Playing The Field
  • Academic Publishing
  • Disrupt
  • The Blue Hour
  • The Theatre of Reading and Speaking
  • To Break a World, To Make a World
  • Under The See
  • Hybrid Documentary
  • Draw Show
  • Radical Matter
  • Queering The Straight Line
  • Symposium Sedition
  • Book Launch at Hauser and Wirth Gallery.

Recent publications

Article published in the book ‘Invisible Identities and the Creative Act’, 2019, Q-Art Professional Practice: 20 Questions, Bookwork launched at Hauser and Wirth Gallery, 2016.


  • Group Exhibition ‘Daybreak’ at Safehouse Gallery, Asylum and AMP
  • Group Exhibition, ‘Civilised’ at Hoxton Arches Gallery
  • Solo Exhibition ‘Farmaggedon’ at L.H.F Arts
  • Group Exhibition ‘Playback’, Peacock Yard
  • Solo Exhibition at the Millais Gallery, Project Space
  • Solo exhibition at the Standpoint Gallery
  • Basel Art Fair (representing the 404 gallery)
  • Chicago Art Fair (representing the 404 gallery)
  • Group exhibitions at The 404 Gallery, Naples
  • Solo exhibitions at The 404 Gallery, Naples
  • Group exhibitions at Arte Contemporanea, Naples
  • Solo exhibitions at Arte Contemporanea, Naples

Work in progress

Nicola is currently working on ‘Artists Network and Training South’ Research and Innovation Project and ‘The Parasitic Art School’ Research Project