Nigel Grimmer

I am an Internationally exhibiting Fine Artist. I work mainly with photography and sculpture. I graduated from Central Saint Martins.

My photographic projects are united by on-going research exploring issues of identity and representation, specifically the changing relationship between images created for public and personal consumption. This investigation has focused on the language of the family album and more recently the self-portraits employed within social media.

I work with family and friends to create various typologies with each sitter performing the same action; there is no implied hierarchy in the images. The model is always depicted alone in order to allow anyone to participate in my projects.

My practice developed from a desire to protect rather than to expose or exploit the model and from a need to create a photographic practice that was social in nature; everyone appears with some kind of mask or barrier between them and the viewer.


Employment history

2010 – Current Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts Practice University of Bedfordshire
2008 – Current Visiting Lecturer in Fine Art University of Bedfordshire
2000 – 2011 Library Manager British Museum Education Department

Responsibilities at UOB

Curriculum Leader for Contemporary Arts Practice Courses (Fine Art, Photography and Video Art, Art & Design, Photographic Practices.)
Course Leader Photography and Video Art
Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts Culture

Other references


Selected Conference Papers

June 2018

  • Performative Portraits: Photography as a Social Tool in Education
    London Conference in Critical Thought 2018, University of Westminster

Oct 2017

  • Utilizing Performative Teaching within the Induction Unit as a Social Tool Capable of Aiding Participation and Retention
    Provocative Pedagogies: Performative Teaching and Learning in the Arts, University of Lincoln


Selected Solo Exhibitions


  • Minor Monuments, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK


  • Time’s Relentless Melt, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, UK


  • Disruptive Members, Departure Lounge, Luton, UK
  • Senti-monu-mental, Artlink, Hull, UK


  • Plastic Life Part Five, Harley Gallery, Welbeck, UK
  • Roadkill Family Album, South Bank Arts Centre, Bedford


  • Time and Fire Destroy All Things, Whitewall, Milton Keynes, UK
  • Plastic Life Part Four, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK
  • Plastic Life Part Three, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, UK


  • Plastic Life Part Two, Focal Point, Southend-on-Sea, UK
  • Plastic Life Part One, Margaret Harvey Gallery, St. Albans, UK


  • Places I Call Home, Standpoint Gallery, London, UK


  • Places I Call Home, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Norwich, UK
  • Based on a True Story, First Out, London, UK


  • Based on a True Story, Norwich Arts Centre, UK
  • Bender! Folly Gallery, Lancaster, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Making Strange, Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, USA
  • Round Hole, Square Peg, LA Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
  • Round Hole Square Peg, Long Hall Gallery, West Hollywood, USA


  • Peckham International Art Fair, Bussey Building, London, UK
  • Queer Art(ist)s Now, Archive Gallery, London, UK
  • Homosurrealism, Resistance Gallery, London, UK


  • Intruder Alert! James Freeman Gallery, London, UK
  • Back to the Drawing Room, Kings Weston House, Bristol, UK
  • Mein Schwules Auge, The Ballery, Berlin, Germany


  • Untitled, Darren Baker Gallery, London, UK
  • Uncertain States, Four Corners, London, UK


  • The Winter Garden, James Freeman Gallery, London, UK
  • The Affordable Art Fair, The Tunnel, New York, USA
  • Oriel Davies Open 2014, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales, UK


  • M Path, Texas State University, San Marcos, USA
  • WW Solo Award, Wilson Williams Gallery, London, UK
  • Brighton Photo Fringe, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, UK
  • Hey Narcissus! Studio 1.1, London,UK
  • IMG-TXT-MSG, Studio 1.1, London, UK


  • Multiplied Art Fair, Christies, London, UK
  • Summer Show, Foto8 Gallery, London
  • Amulets, Nazars & Evil Eyes, Queens College Art Centre, New York, USA
  • 30 Days 30 Artists, studio 1.1, London, UK


  • Eastern Pavilions, Pitt Street, Norwich, UK
  • A Working Title, Lincoln Town Centre, UK


  • Crash Open, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, UK
  • Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • The Art of Photography, Lyceum Gallery, San Diego, USA