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Professor Louis Nixon

Associate Dean Research & Enterprise


I graduated with a painting degree from Chelsea School of Art in 1987 and a postgraduate sculpture degree from the Slade School of Fine Art in 1989.

My art practice encompasses painting, sculpture, installation and experimental film, often presented as multi-media installations in galleries and public spaces.

I founded the collective Space Explorations in 1990 and, as artist, director and curator, participated in large-scale interventions in response to specific sites.

Since 2001 I have worked independently and exhibited widely in the UK, and in Italy, Serbia, Armenia, Australia, Chile and China where I worked on a project for the World Expo (2007) which was awarded a government commendation.

Selected solo exhibitions include; Rolling Barrel (Station, Bristol, UK, 2001), Flag, (Economist Plaza, London, commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Society, 2005), Everywhere, Nowhere (Atelier 25, Italy, 2005), Across the Border (Dispari & Dispari Project, Italy, 2010) and Island (Southard Reid, London 2012).

I have worked in Art and Design education for over twenty-five years and in 2006 I was appointed Head of the School of Fine Art at Kingston University.   As Associate Dean for Research from 2014 I now oversee research  in the subject areas of Fine Art, Filmmaking, Photography, Design, Architecture and Art and Design History across The Kingston School of Art Research Institute.

I am currently developing London's first Visual Arts Bienniale - The Croydon Biennale (2019), a project I initiated in 2016 with the London Borough of Croydon.

Areas of specialism

  • Sculpture
  • Public art
  • Painting
  • Film


  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • HDip Fine Art Sculpture


My research is underpinned by an on-going engagement with an expanded sculptural practice. I produce kinetic sculptures, sound works, films and paintings, which combine a manipulation of technology with the creation of new modes of presentation.

I continue to define my work as part of an expanded practice of sculpture, which experiments with new ways of configuring sculpture in a wider social context.

A developing research theme, which equates with the physical and political components of landscape is encapsulated in the idea of borders. Recent work traces borders, most often making journeys by car and travelling the boundary of a landscape, particular site or territory where a route of circumvention may be dictated for geographical or political reasons.

Black Rock (pictured) is a sculpture that looks like a rock, it has motors and sensors which make it move forwards and backwards across a space or landscape, changing its direction when it encounters another object.


Number of items: 15.


Nixon, Louis [Artist] (2016) Moving Rock. (Sculpture made from jesmonite and computer control system). 3m x 2.5m.

Nixon, Louis [Artist] (2010) 1414 km. (Experimental film and land art). Sculpture installation containing two films.

Nixon, Louis [Artist] (2010) Rocks and stones. (Paintings). 640 x 540 x 20mm. 30 paintings.

Cullinan, C., Richards, J. and Nixon, L. (2004) Iglesia universal en plein air. (Installation). 6 x 6 x 3 m.

Nixon, Louis and Sandbach, David (2002) Rotating barrels. (Installation). Pancevo, Serbia,


Nixon, Louis (2008) Art car boot fair 2008. KIOSK(2), pp. 12-15. ISSN (print) 1755-9626


Nixon, Louis (2002) Rolling barrel. UK : Space Explorations. 100p. ISBN 0953168906


Nixon, Louis [Artist] (2012) Island. .

Nixon, Louis [Curator of an exhibition] (2009) Come on. .

Nixon, Louis (2005) Everywhere nowhere. Everywhere Nowhere. , 22 Jan - 27 Feb 2005 , Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Nixon, Louis (2005) Flag. , 14 Sep - 16 Oct 2005 , London, UK.

Nixon, Louis [Artist] (2000) Tuin Van Verbeelding (Garden of imagination). Tuin Van Verbeelding (Garden of Imagination). , 13 May - 15 Oct 2000 , Von Gimborn Arboretum, Botanische Tuinen Universiteit, Utrecht, Holland.

Nixon, Louis [Artist] and Heber-Percy, Paul [Curator of an exhibition] (1999) Furniture. Furniture. , 9 Feb - 13 Mar 1999 , Richard Salmon Gallery, Edwardes Square Studios, London.

Nixon, Louis [Curator of an exhibition] (1999) Tourist. Tourist: Space explorations. , September 1999 , Chisendale Road, London E8.

Nixon, Louis [Artist] (1996) High rise. High Rise. , 3 May - 2 Jun 1996 , 110 Euston Road, London, NW1.

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