16 Nicholson Street Gallery is a Glasgow-based, non-profit arts facilitation space run by a curatorial collaborative formed in 2020. The gallery was established in 2016 and all organisation and programming is managed by Isabella Shields, Nell Cardozo, and Aga Paulina Młyńczak.
16NST 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 emerging artists we hope to develop an inclusive, engaging, and intellectually rich space.
16NST is a curatorial entity with its core interest in collaboration, critical discussions and discourses. In the past, artists have largely been paid through the reception of Hope Scott Trust funds and the receipt of Creative Scotland funding in 2019. Our 2021-2022 programme has principally been funded by Creative Scotland.
Our ground floor space is available for hiring for events. Please enquire via email.
Isabella Shields has been director and curator of 16 Nicholson Street since she established the gallery in 2016. Her academic and critical focuses are on trauma theory, intermediality, and the dissolution of boundaries within culturally prominent systems of representation. She is undertaking her PhD in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, writing on existentialism and post-structuralism in contemporary autofiction. Her critical writing has been published by FORUM, The Polyphony, and in Martyrdom, Body, State: Manifesting Power, and Complete Destruction of the Real Body. Her creative work has been published in Age of Man, and her work-in-progress novel ‘A Common Spring’ was developed into an experimental radio play for Radiophrenia.
Młyńczak is an Artist and Producer interested in media, electronics, and sculptural work. She graduated from ‘Fatamorgana’ Danish School for Art Photography and Aalborg University’s Art and Technology BA course. Earlier in her career, she worked in the film industry as well as delivered multidisciplinary group exhibitions in Copenhagen. Upon graduation from Master’s at Glasgow School of Art, she became a founding member of the steering committee for FLING collective – a graduate peer-support platform – that, most notably, carried out the three consecutive shows in Tramway – ‘RELAY’ (2019). Among other hybrid and multimedia works, she curated and produced a digital exhibition featuring a 360 virtual performance ‘As a Pile of Ash‘ by Katerina Sidorova (2020). Młyńczak is based in Glasgow by the way of Wrocław (PL). She developed her practice internationally in Poland, Denmark, Italy, and finally the UK. Among other places, Młyńczak’s artwork has been shown at Workers’ Museum (DK, 2017), Gallery Kraebsen (DK, 2017), Trongate 103 ‘Still Searching’ (2019), Street Level ‘Open’ (2019), 16NSt ‘Flock Circumstance‘ (2021), KIOSK ‘Word Turner II’ (2021) and Studio Pavilion Open Studio Event (2021).
Nell Cardozo is a curator and producer based in Glasgow. Currently she is a curatorial director at 16 Nicholson Street Gallery. She is the Community Outreach officer for 16 Nicholson Street and leads the community programme ‘Freedom in Abstraction, Power in Creativity’ in partnership with Empower Women for Change. The roles she has undertaken whilst at the gallery have been flexible, involving curating, communications and archiving. Her creative and critical writing has been published in Martyrdom, Body, State: Manifesting Power, AIR DIVING, and Flock Circumstance, and featured in the exhibition ‘Word Turner II’ by Aga Paulina Młyńczak. Previous to and concurrent with her position as director there, she worked at the Scottish National Galleries as a Gallery Assistant and at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, curating GROWTH, an exhibition of youth artists. Cardozo graduated with an English Literature MA and a Museum Studies MSc at Glasgow University, where her thesis focused on investigating accessibility in online databases, with an internship at Art UK. She has also taught and led activities with family and lower-income audiences in the education sector of schools and museums in Albany, NY.
Kelly Rappleye is a digital project manager with a background in curation and arts writing. Kelly was Director of Development & Digital Engagement with LA-based contemporary art magazine Artillery, where she co-authored a serial column Provenance and launched the first digital issue of the magazine after 15 years in-print. After completing her MA in Contemporary Art Theory with Goldsmiths, UOL, Kelly has developed interests in urban and digital spatiality in moving image arts, and guest curated projects with the Borough Road Collection Digital Archive, SmartArtistHub, Goldsmiths Visual Cultures Society, and ClimateFringe in Glasgow.
Thomas Dixon is Engagement Officer at 16 Nicholson Street. He graduated from Cambridge University in 2020 with a degree in History of Art. Since then he has been a freelance art worker and social media/cultural consultant for organisations such as Glasgow Connected Arts Network, East-Dunbartonshire Council and the Modern Art Museum Shanghai.
Rush Johnstone is a graphic/web designer and creative coder. They specialise in designing educational and playful interactive artefacts. They like to think and learn about technology discourse, politics, imagined futures, and how those intersect.