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Biography Hilary Nicoll is an experienced leader in the Scottish cultural sector, and worked as a Consultant, Director and curator for national funders, organisations and local authorities prior to joining Gray’s School of Art in 2017.

She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Futures, leading on embedding a new credit bearing approach to professional practice across the school, and is Co-Leader of the Creative Entrepreneurship post-graduate short course that she initiated in 2020 in partnership with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at RGU.

Until April 2023 she balanced lecturing with the role of Co-director of Look Again, securing funding for festivals, exhibitions and learning and upskilling programmes focussed on developing the creative sector in the northeast of Scotland.

As a consultant she managed the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded ArtWorks Scotland action research project 2011-15 for Creative Scotland, developing practice in participatory settings.

As Director of Scottish Sculpture Workshop she delivered a change management programme and capital plan. Prior to her return to Scotland she worked for the Arts Council of England managing and evaluating programmes of strategic investment in the visual arts, before which she was a Visual Arts Officer for Glasgow City Council and Advisor to Scottish Arts Council.
Research Interests Curating
Creative Economies
Creative Entrepreneurship
The Creative City
Place-based and culture-led regeneration
Teaching and Learning Co-Leader: Creative Entrepreneurship Post Graduate Short Course.

Module Co-ordinator: Creative Futures Undergraduate course, all stage 3 at Gray's School of Art.