Nina Thomas

I graduated with a degree in Illustration from the University of Derby in 2006 and completed a Masters degree in Art and Media Practice at the University of Westminster in 2013. My research interests include: the history of underrepresented groups; the creation of immersive environments; and devising interactive ways for people to engage with that research.

I have an interest in making arts and education accessible, particularly through the mediums of artists’ publications and site-specific immersive installations. I am a volunteer with The Film Bunch, OPEN Ealing and Accentuate. I am currently studying BSL Level 1.



July 2017


I am proud to be part of the NDACA Design team

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I wrote a blog post for The History of Place project.

Description: ‘Nina describes how decisions made at a conference in Milan in 1880 may have harmed the education of deaf children for a century, and describes her own experience of becoming deaf and beginning to learn BSL’

painting of turreted red building

Link: http://historyof.place/oralism-the-royal-school-for-the-deaf-margate/

March 2017

I wrote this about my experience with NDACA at Bucks University:

‘From the discussions I had during the week it was clear that the NDACA team are as passionate about access as I am and share my excitement about the potential for new technology to improve access in the future. The library will set a great example to others as to how access can – and should – be done, so that all feel welcome and included. This is what makes this a really exciting project in so many ways; the archive is a rich resource of information, and provides inspirational evidence of creative collaboration across the years.’


October 28th 2016

This is a guest blog post I wrote for Unlimited on my experiences of hearing loss and accessing the arts education.

Nina Thomas: Accessing Art


Exploring the archives…a blog post for History of Place

I volunteer with History of Place and this is a blog post I wrote about my research.

Who was Miss Violet Eleanor Mills?


October 2016 Research in Dean Gardens, West Ealing…

I began taking photographs of Dean Gardens. I am hoping to capture the memories of the park that the group have already shared with me.

an hazy image of a tree in Dean Gardens


Dean Gardens, Ealing, London. 2016


Experiments in digital photography, 2016

Combining digital and analogue to see what images I might capture. These were taken using an iPhone 5 and Kodak Duaflex.

Buckinghamshire New University join forces with NDACA

Buckinghamshire New University join forces with NDACA From 28 February to 2 March 2017 the team of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive (NDACA), a project delivered by Shape, were in residence at ‘The Gallery’ at Buckinghamshire New University, the host of the NDACA Research Space and Repository which will open in April 2018.   …


Work in progress

collage image, found photography of young child in black and white. Text to right not clear but seems to read 'damaged'.

I am currently working on a project inspired by the life of Allegra Byron the illegitimate daughter of the poet Byron). Here is a collage image from the publication I am working on.

Work in progress – experiments with video


Dean Gardens, West Ealing, 2016. OPEN Ealing, London.

Shot taken in Dean Gardens, W13

I am currently working with OPEN Ealing and the Creative Writing for Well Being class to create a light-based project in Dean Gardens, West Ealing. The aim is to improve safety in park. The work will include my artwork and text written by the creative writing class.

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In the ruins, something lingers, 2013. The Crypt Gallery, London.

In 2013, I developed a project about gender and gardening. The project explored how women have over the centuries used real and imagined gardens to respond to the challenges they faced. I drew upon my research into the horticultural archives and fictional accounts of gardens in literature, to create an immersive installation in The Crypt Gallery, London. The exhibition included artist publications, projected image, animation, found objects, sound and light.




Nina Thomas

Born in Staffordshire, currently lives and works in London.

Selected exhibitions and events

2015 – ‘off the s{h}elf 2015’,  I’klektik, Old Paradise Yard, London SE1.  (group show)

2013 – ‘In the ruins, something lingers’, The Crypt Gallery, London NW1.  (joint show with Aaron Kay)

2012 – ‘Fragments’, Ambika P3, London NW1.   (group show)

2011 – ‘Five Artists, One Space’, London Gallery West, Harrow. (group show)


– MA Art and Media Practice – University Of Westminster, London (2010- 2013). Distinction.

– PG Cert Arts Practice – University of Derby (2007-2008)

– BA (Hons) Illustration (2004-2006) – University of Derby. 2.1