16 Nicholson Street Gallery is a Glasgow-based, non-profit arts facilitation space run by a curatorial collaborative. 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

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.

Aga Paulina Młyńczak

Młyńczak is an Artist/Curator. Młyńczak delivered successful independent group exhibitions in Copenhagen and has taken the leading role in FLING collective that carries out a series of shows and supporting events in Glasgow – most notably the three consecutive shows in Tramway ‘RELAY’ (July 2019). She works with media and installation art. She holds an MLitt in Fine Art (GSA), graduated from ‘Fatamorgana’ Danish School for Art Photography and collaborated with Copenhagen Film Workshop. Her art practice is rooted in research within image/film-making and language. Młyńczak is currently working on an online sound art project which concerns homogenisation of language and democratisation of communication in multicultural environments ‘Teach me a word you’re afraid to forget’.

Nell Cardozo

Nell Cardozo is a curator and producer based in Glasgow. Currently she is a curatorial director at 16 Nicholson Street Gallery. She joined the gallery as part of the curatorial committee in January 2019. Since then, her role has taken on more responsibility and as of March 2020, she has been a co-director with Młyńczak and Shields. The roles she has undertaken whilst at the gallery have been flexible, involving curating, communications and archiving. 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.

Communications Officer

Thomas Dixon

Thomas Dixon recently graduated from History of Art at Cambridge University. His previous experience includes working as social media intern for OZON magazine Athens, Volunteer Archivist at Spirit of Revolt Archives in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. He is currently researching on the group King Mob.

Web Designer/Developer

Rush Johnstone

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.

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