Iain Nicholls

Artist / VR Developer

About Iain

Iain studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In the mid 1990s he began making and designing computer games in the UK and California before returning to being a visual artist full time in 2007. Iain has worked on two painting / poem crossover projects with the poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and has twice been artist in residence at The Lookout Tower Aldeburgh. Since 2007 Iain has recieved two Arts Council funded grants for painting projects related to the landscape of South Yorkshire where he lives and has had three solo painting shows in London, Barnsley and Dublin. In 2016 Iain was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society.

In 2015 Iain recieved Arts Council funding for a VR art installation "Veil" co - created with Tom Szirtes which was exhibited at The Barbican, Herrick Gallery and Gazelli Art House in London. and recieved a grant from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership to recreate a realtime VR experience a 19th century coal mine based on Hemingfield Colliery, South Yorkshire. Iain has been helped by Tom Szirtes with the software design of the project and the narration is by Ian McMillan. This project will be on show at the conference for visitors to experience.