Nicola Oxley is a London-based curator and writer. She was a founding directors of Unit 7 Gallery (1986-89), the Museum of Installation (1990-2003), and Notice Gallery (2005-8), curating over 200 individual and collective installation projects in London, Berlin, Brussels, Mexico City, Los Angeles and other locations. Currently she co-directs SE8, a project gallery with a programme of exhibitions that examine curatorial practices and theories of display.
Her co-authored books include Installation art, and Installation art in the New Millennium: Empire of the Senses, (Thames & Hudson, 1994 and 2003), two major international surveys of the practice. She co-wrote a series of artist’s books and monographs on Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium), Stefan Brüggemann (Mexico) and Patrick Jolley (Ireland). Her first novella, entitled ‘Sand’ was published in 2011 by Ludion as part of the book Hans Op de Beeck: Sea of Tranquillity. Her short fiction book on Antonin Artaud, ‘The Door Ajar’, and the monograph ‘Patrick Jolley: All that Falls’ were published by Gandon Editions, in 2012 and 2013.
She has contributed texts and conference papers to academic books as well as writing numerous essays for exhibition catalogues. Her imprint ‘Mulberry Tree Press’, begun in 2010, specializes in publications and vinyl editions on contemporary artists.