Nigel Prince has been Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver since 2011. Prior to this he was Curator at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2004-10), Founding Director/Curator of IPS, Birmingham (2003-04) and, based in London, worked independently as a curator (1994 – 2005). He has also held academic positions in UK universities most notably as a Research Fellow and Course Director, BA (Hons) Visual Arts, Birmingham City University.
At Ikon he curated exhibitions and publications with artists including Arturo Herrera, Donald Judd, Andrea Zittel, Olafur Eliasson, Martin Boyce, Shahzia Sikander, Ryan Gander, Marcel Dzama, Steven Shearer and Susan Philipsz amongst many others. In 2005 he worked with Grace Ndiritu on her solo exhibition for the Venice Biennale at the Oratorio di San Ludovico. His exhibition with Cuban artist Carmen Herrera in 2009 was critically heralded as the “discovery of the decade” by newspapers The Guardian in the UK and The New York Times.
As an independent curator and writer, Prince worked with various galleries including Camden Arts Centre, London; Andrea Rosen Gallery and Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York. The work commissioned with US artist Nina Katchadourian was the centrepiece for the Armenian Pavilion, winner of The Golden Lion for Best National Participation, Venice Biennale 2015. Ongoing writing on contemporary art includes essays on the work of Mungo Thomson, Susan Collis, Nathan Coley, Nairy Baghramian, Jürgen Partenheimer, Julia Dault, and John Wood and Paul Harrison, as well as texts for various publications and art journals.
Prince has also been involved in ongoing consultancy, including Arts Council England and BC Arts Council, and was Chair for the conference, New Thinking in Public Art: Habitat, Community, Environment, Tate Britain (2004). He has served as a jury member on a number of awards including the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Awards, RBC Canadian Painting Award, plus work on various committees including the City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Policy Council.