Nicola Green is an exceptional keynote speaker, renowned for her expertise in identity, race, allyship and inclusion. As a critically acclaimed artist and social historian, she has gained an international reputation for her ambitious projects that challenge perceptions about power and its relationship with the visual image. Her work explores themes of inclusion, leadership, race and gender, and she firmly believes in the power of the visual image to communicate important human stories.
About Nicola Green
Nicola’s dedication to social impact is evident through her tireless work towards creating positive change and equality in the art world and beyond. Nicola co-founded and directed the Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, showcasing 22 artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. She also founded the Khadija Saye Arts programme at IntoUniversity, which addresses the issue of BAME representation in the creative industries.
Nicola assumes the role of ‘witness’ to momentous occasions taking place across the globe, and she has gained unprecedented access to iconic figures from the worlds of politics, culture, and religion, including collaborations with Pope Francis, President Obama, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Dalai Lama.
As a Principal Artist for the upcoming project The World Reimagined, Nicola is creating a large-scale public artwork that explores climate justice and racial justice. She is also a co-founder of Sophia Point Rainforest Research Centre, championing the preservation and exploration of the Guiana Shield, the largest remaining pristine rainforest on earth. Nicola has mentored many aspiring young artists and is the Patron of Women in Art.
Nicola’s unique perspective as a visual artist enables her to deliver insightful and inspiring talks both online and in person. She uses her artworks as a lens to engage audiences and provide a fresh perspective on important issues.
Nicola’s keynotes include but are not limited to:
- Exploring Pillars of Whiteness
The vital role of the Visual Image in breaking down barriers of identity, race and gender
The effects of discrimination overlap and intersect in the experience of marginalised groups – Nicola explores how the power of the visual image communicates important human stories and truths that can help change our perceptions of identity and belonging.
- Why Allyship is a Verb and not a Noun
How the Art of Allyship can unlock diversity and inclusion.
Allyship is fast becoming the key to unlocking the power of diversity. Nicola considers, through her own personal and professional experience, why helping to build equality and advance the culture of inclusion is so challenging. She looks at why it’s a lifelong process for us as individuals and as a community but also at the progress we’ve made and how we can build on each step every day.
- Why the Visual Image, and how we see each other, is central to how we understand each other
How successful Mentoring can communicate our untold stories, change the narrative and transform how we see the world and each other
Nicola explores how the images we see form the pictures in our minds. She has built a reputation as an arts innovator, committed to change and mentoring young people to help them realise their potential and take steps towards creative industry careers, especially where they struggle to see themselves reflected. In her inspiring talk, she describes how her years of mentoring BAME and disadvantaged young people in her studio and beyond, has informed her own understanding of diversity and inclusion