Nicholette Goff holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (sculpture and printmaking), an MA in Art Criticism and Theory and a number of other qualifications relating to Learning Theory. Since graduating in1984, Goff has exhibited regularly in the UK and abroad. Between 2001 and 2012 her work was based in the natural environment, exploring issues of 'change and loss' in nature, engaging with the complex questions posed by people who manage the landscape. She has worked closely with head gardeners, environmentalists, wardens, scientists and conservationists. She has been 'Artist in Residence' in a number of closely protected sites, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), privately protected gardens and designated Nature Reserves. In 2005 she was selected by Kent County Council to be artist in residence on the nature reserve island of Veranka in Hungary. In 2011/12 she undertook a year-long project identifying and making artwork about specific wild plants that are under threat of decline or extinction on the Dungeness Peninsular and in the adjacent Romney Marshes. Details of the residencies and exhibitions can be found in her CV pages.
In addition to making her own work, Goff has been a visiting artist in formal education settings (Artist in schools; University sessional lecturer, Adult Education head of Creative Studies and art tutor; Creative Partnerships' artist, agent, training facilitator) as well as working in informal learning environments (independent arts projects; museums, galleries, arts centres, and forest-based projects, such as Stour Valley Arts). Her experience has been very broad and very diverse. Goff has a strong sense of community and has always sought opportunities to engage people in dialogue around the issues fore grounded in contemporary art. She has worked in a professional capacity as a gallery director, arts project manager and a facilitator-educator since 1986, and has on ongoing commitment to place herself in an active role as artist-catalyst.
Foreign travel connected with research and work:
Hungary, Poland, Singapore, France, Holland, Italy