Nick read History of Art at Cambridge where he first encountered the term ‘object trouve’ courtesy of fellow student Francis Morris (now Director of Tate Modern). After Cambridge Nick moved to London and worked in art publishing before enrolling on the Art teachers’ PGCE at Goldsmiths College. Teaching part-time allowed Nick to work as an artist and he exhibited his work regularly at Kingsgate Studios and the YBA Milch Gallery.
Nick worked on a wide range of projects including illustration, set design and performance and collaborated with artists and academics at the Royal College of Art and the UCL’s Slade School. He worked as a researcher for DAI (Design Analysis International) on exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the V&A and was a visiting lecturer at the architecture departments at Cambridge University and the Bartlett School.
Twenty-five years ago Nick and his partner began a family and moved to Oxford where he started to teach full time. Nick has been Head of Art at d’Overbroeck’s for twenty years. Nick loves teaching and recognises how vital and positive a role art plays in the lives of his students. He is very proud of his students’ achievements over the years – although regrets that only one, so far, has been nominated for the Turner Prize!