16 Nicholson Street Gallery & Arts Collective is a Glasgow-based non-profit organisation. Established in 2016, all organisation and programming is managed by Director/Curator Isabella Shields and our dedicated committee, made up of Nell Cardozo, Mook Attanath, Eve Goulden, and Aga Paulina Mlynczak.

16 Nicholson curates and facilitates events, workshops, talks, mentorship programmes and exhibitions. Our aim is to create a dialogue between artists and makers from Scotland and create a network with international artists. By introducing and encouraging collaborations between established and more emerging artists we hope to develop an inclusive, engaging, and intellectually rich space.

16 Nicholson is a curatorial entity with its core interest in collaboration and critical discussions and discourses between those involved within the Scottish art sphere.  Artists have largely been paid through the reception of Hope Scott Trust funds, for which we are incredibly grateful. Our programming involves:

Events, Mentorship Programmes and Residency Opportunities which focus on the  development and exchange of skills and ideas. 

Short Term Exhibitions which are fully funded and organised by the individual artists the gallery invites, while 16 Nicholson Street operates more as a facilitator. 

Long Term Exhibitions during which we curate events and exhibitions in collaborations with the artists involved for an extended period of time.

Our ground floor space is available for hiring. Please enquire via email.


Isabella Shields
Isabella Shields has been director and curator of 16 Nicholson Street since 2016. In 2017 she graduated from the University of Glasgow in History of Art and English Literature, and from the University of Edinburgh in Literature and Modernity in 2019. Her academic focus is on postmodernity and trauma theory in visual art and contemporary literature. Her critical work has been published by FORUM, The Skinny, and The Polyphony and her creative work has been published in Age of Man.

Mook Attanath
I am a graphic design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art who is interested in all things culturally fun. My role with 16 Nicholson Street will vary from designing exhibition materials and assisting in production. I am also involved in planning all things design-related fun with The Design Kids Glasgow / The Design Weans.

Eve Goulden
Eve Goulden graduated from Fine Art Photography at The Glasgow School of Art in 2017, with her practice centring around Internet culture and artificial spaces.  She has had previous involvement with gallery operation, and oversees the installation and deinstallation of exhibitions at 16 Nicholson Street.

Aga Paulina Mlynczak
I am a multimedia artist and curator interested to bring about free and independent art that would reflect or reflect on society’s imagination. I am invested in the topics of identity politics, balance of powers, melancholy, zoology, sex and colour theory. I work with moving image, photography, poetry, film directing, sculpture and installation art. My latest project is with NPG and with support form Street Level Photoworks - ‘Objects of Worship’ (working title).

Nell Cardozo
Nell Cardozo is an English Literature and Museum Studies graduate. She is interested in accessibility in contemporary visual arts, and how art and spaces for art can connect communities, both local and international. She has begun work on collating an archive for 16 Nicholson Street.