Nicola Carberry


Nicola Carberry

'Hold', graphite & tinted charcoal on paper    107x75cm







I am an artist and educator based in Glasgow. I work with a variety of media; from film, black and white photography to stone carving, sculpture, and installation.

It is however drawing that is fundamental to my practice as a way of developing critical thinking; drawing as discovery, of looking and truly seeing, as an autobiographical record of place and event, as a dialogue with, and exploration of, materials, and as a language which underpins my creative practice. My work takes place in the life room working directly from the model. The drawings are completed in a day but are usually the result of numerous sessions and layers, emphasising the passage of time and a sense of memory. Figures are glimpsed in the background like half remembered recollections, entering into dialogue with more recent incarnations. Sometimes the same figure looks back at herself from a previous manifestation, reflecting and reflected, staring melancholically downwards or somewhere into the distance in an unknown reverie. The drawing builds its own narrative over time.

Fine Art graduate of Glasgow School of Art

PGCE in Post School Education

Artist Member and Committee Member of Paisley Art Institute

Committee Member of the RGI

Winner of Paisley Art Institute's Jamieson Award 2012, the Derwent Award 2013, the James B S Curr award 2014 and again in 2016, the John Green Fine Art Award 2017

Shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize 2016; exhibited at The Mall Gallery, London

Represented Scotland at the 'Euro Celtic Art Exhibition' for the Lorient Interceltic Festival, Brittany 2016

Exhibited in 'Drawing on Drawing' at Edinburgh College of Art 2016

Presented 'House Kinetika' at Glasgow Open House Festival 2015

Awarded a Vermont Studio Centre residency summer 2014

Exhibited in the lecturer's 'Exchange Project' at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design 2011

Commissioned by Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum to create a "Stirling Head" for The Big Draw 2008; portraits of Judy Murray and Colin O'Brien, Chair of the Stirling Smith Trustees