Goldsmiths, University of London, London, United Kingdom – MA in Art Psychotherapy – 2020-2023
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels, ARBA-ESA, Brussels, Belgium – MA in Painting – 2014-2016
BA Fine Arts and Technology – Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom – BA Fine Arts and Technology – 2011-2014
Nicole (b.1992, Belgium) is an interdisciplinary artist and art therapist trainee who currently lives and works in London (United Kingdom).
Nicole has been making art and journaling since an early age. An empathetic and caring individual, she decided to study art therapy to further explore how she can assist others in expressing themselves through creativity. After graduating with her MA in Painting, she started working in schools, assisting children with special educational needs, learning difficulties or behavioural/ mental health difficulties. Her work with children encouraged her to do more training with children’s mental health charities, such as Place2Be. Coming from a multicultural background, Nicole is familiar with different cultures and often brings this into her work with clients, embracing difference. She has been working with children from all backgrounds, and all ages, and is aware of how cultural influences might affect behaviour and communication. Most recently she has been working as an art therapist with children who are on the autistic spectrum and who have complex needs.
Nicole’s preferred art medium are oil paints and stained glass, however she also has been using textiles in her most recent artwork. She uses these materials to explore her own feelings, but has previously made interactive pieces of work too, which engage the viewer in exploring their own agency and connectivity to others. The themes in her work explore inner and outer boundaries of the self, protection and vulnerability, loss, and connectivity. Nicole is also very interested in community arts projects and arts & crafts.