Nicola Golightly

With a passion for illustration, design and print, Nicola prides herself on a multidisciplinary approach.

Nicola uses design in the broadest possible way; using it as a motivational tool, a way of bringing smart, fresh ideas to life and to initiate forward thinking. Her work has included the design and delivery of participatory projects, a variety of artist led projects and collaborations. She also works with clients and to commission. 

Nicola is one of three Directors of Navigator North, an arts organisation based in the North East of England. Navigator North are a Tees Valley based, artist led organisation who initiate activities to raise the profile of artists and creative practice in the North East – inspiring visual artists and creative communities to thrive.

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Current Projects & Commissions

blimey! Lucretia

With fellow blimey! Collective artists Amanda Marshall, Carol Sommer and Vicky Holbrough blimey! Lucretia is exploring the methods of collaborative practice, re-imagining Guido Reni's baroque painting 'The Death of Lucretia' through a number of different methods. The resulting exhibition takes place at

Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle 7 March - 10 May 2020

Creative Life Story Work

Working with Blue Cabin and South Tyneside Council to reimagine Life Story Work for looked after children and young people, Nicola is one of five Associate Artists exploring creative ways to articulate, explore and understand your life story as a young person in care. Further information can be found here.

Shildon in Motion

‘Shildon in Motion’ is a celebration of Shildon’s rich and significant heritage as the world’s first railway town. This collaboration between Nicola and Katy Milne (Greenfield Arts) examines the innovative and extraordinary aspects of Shildon’s past and celebrates the ongoing creativity and ingenuity of Shildon’s people and its future. Working with and alongside the community, the project will explore a sense of place and pride in the town, uncovering the possibilities that await and acting as a driver for collective ambitions to be focused towards a common goal. Further information can be found here.

More Stuff Like This Please!

More Stuff Life This Please! is a 2-year programme, funded by Culture Bridge North East and Stockton Borough Council, delivered in partnership by ARC Stockton (lead partner), Stockton Borough Council and Blue Cabin.

More Stuff Like This Please! is focused on care experienced children and the adults and organisations in their lives. The programme was named More Stuff Like This Please! following a creative consultation session led by Nicola, with care experienced children and young people where they were asked what creative activities they wanted to do in the future. Nicola collaborated with Blue Cabin and artist Michelle Wood to explore Creative Evaluation and worked with key stakeholders to visual the journey they had embarked on as part of the More Stuff Like This Please! Project. Nicola will also be leading the design of the final project report.


Working in collaboration with care experience young people in Stockton to design a new bag for Madlug, to be launched in 2020. This project is a commissioned through the More Stuff Like This Please! project, with Blue Cabin and ARC Stockton. Madlug area a company with a mission to ensure no looked after young people and children in care have dignity. Every time a bag is bought from them, one is gifted to a child in care. Further information about Madlug can be found here.


Current Links



Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle, UK

Kir Gallery

Oberhausen, Germany


Pineapple Black Gallery

Middlesbrough UK


Slavutych Public Library

Slavutych, Ukraine


Hartlepool Art Gallery

Hartlepool UK

House of Blah Blah

Middlesbrough UK

Liverpool Biennial Fringe

Liverpool UK