Nils Norman

Nils Norman is an artist living in London. He exhibits and generates projects and collaborations in museums and galleries internationally. He has completed major public art projects, including a pedestrian bridge, small playgrounds and a landscaping project for the City of Roskilde, Denmark. He has participated in various biennials worldwide and has developed commissions for Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; London Underground, UK; Tate Modern, UK; Loughborough University, UK; Creative Time, NYC and the Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently developing two small-scale urban farming parks in the Hague, the Netherlands, that test and question the limitations and potentialities of permaculture as a possible city-wide alternative design strategy for urban centres. He is also the lead artist for the city of Cambridge’s project to redevelop part of Trumpington, an area on the city’s southern fringe – developing play elements, street furniture, an allotment and community garden and wayfinding. He is the author of four publications: Edible Park, Nils Norman. Eds. Taco de Neef, Nils Norman, Peter de Rooden, Astrid Vorstermans. Valiz, NL. 2012; Thurrock 2015, a comic commissioned by the General Public Agency, London, UK, 2004; An Architecture of Play: A Survey of London’s Adventure Playgrounds, Four Corners, London, UK, 2004; and The Contemporary Picturesque, Book Works, London, UK, 2000. He is a Professor at the the Royal Danish Academy of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark, where he leads the School of Walls and Space.


Image 1-3: The Hengrove Community Centre Theatre Curtain, Bristol, 2014. Photo by Max McClure.

A new theatre curtain for Hengrove community centre informed by local oral histories, anecdotes, and research creating an illustrated social history of the area of Bristol, UK.

Images 4-5: The Adventure Playground and Playscape Archive Study Unit, Schmela Haus, Dusseldorf, 2013. 

This installation was created for the Schmela Haus and the exhibition Das Kind, die Stadt und die Kunst. The walk-through installation encompasses the ground floor of the building – a former drive-through entrance – and the garden. It is a playroom, playground, public space, archive, and library all in one.

Images 6-7: Proposal for a Mural. A Portrait of Bexhill. East Sussex, UK, 2007.

Three drawings inspired by Edward Wadsworth’s commissioned mural for the De La Warr Pavilion at its opening in 1935. Exhibited in the exhibition It Starts From Here: New Ideas for a Modernist Masterpiece, the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, East Sussexm UK, 2007.