Nicola Shipley is a Producer, Curator, Mentor and Consultant specialising in contemporary photography. She trained as an art historian, has an MA in History of Art, and a background in the visual arts, including in commissioning, exhibitions, collections, public art, artists education and professional development.
She is co-founder and Director of GRAIN Projects, based in Birmingham UK. GRAIN is a platform for contemporary photography and a hub and network for practitioners. Part of the national photography network GRAIN collaborates with arts and photography organisations, galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Nicola is responsible for commissioning new work, developing and curating exhibition and publication projects and producing professional development programmes including masterclasses, busaries, mentoring, internships, portfolio reviews and training. In her capacity at GRAIN she also co-produces events and symposia including the biannual national conference ‘The State of Photography’.
Recent projects have included working with Edgar Martins, Anthony Luvera, Arpita Shah, Maryam Wahid, Nilupa Yasmin, Sam Ivin, Kate Peters, Lydia Goldblatt, Tom Hunter, Mark Power, Murray Ballard and Sam Laughlin.
Nicola is on the board of Photofusion and is a mentor for Redeye Lightbox. In 2020 she was invited to select the Source magazine BA photography awards and in 2019 was one of the selectors for the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery.