Nils Norman




Central St. Martins School of Art, London, UK. 1986/89


Selected Solo, Collaborative Exhibitions, Commissions and Public Art Projects


Tate Britain commission. London, UK. 2021- 2023


Public Art Commission. Castrignano de’ Greci, Puglia, Italy. 2021 - ongoing


Public Art Commission. Hanstholm Harbour, Hanstholm, Denmark. 2021. (Unrealised)


The Garden Department. An outdoor classroom and garden in collaboration with students from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 2020 - ongoing


Public Art Commission. Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark. 2020. (Unrealised)

Three Play Pavilions. Public art commission, Munich City Council. Munich, Germany. 2019 - 2024


The Toffee Park Jack Smith Mobile Dressing Up Armoire. Public art commission in collaboration with Public Works. Kunstraum, London, UK. 2019-20


Public art commission. Clay Farm Community Garden. Cambridge, UK. 2019 - ongoing

Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge, The Second Yinchuan Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China, 2018


The Politics of Design – Act 1. Z33, Hasselt, Belgium, 2018


Working Hard to be Useless, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Utah, USA, 2018

Proposals for a Plaza, in collaboration with Fritz Haeg, Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico, 2018-19

City Club, an ongoing public art and design proposal in collaboration with Gareth Jones and 6a Architects, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-2019


The New Rietveld Academie Library Design, Gerrit Reitveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2016-2018


Artist in Residence and Playground Design, St Fagins National History Museum, Cardiff, Wales, 2015-2017

Life in the Projects and the Proposals. Museum De Domijnen, Sittard, the Netherlands. 2016

City Club Presentation, with Gareth Jones. MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK. 2015


Vancouver Vernacular, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada. 2015

The Folly of George III. Public art project, Springhornhof Kunstverein, Neuenkirchen, Germany. 2015 

Completion of two bird screens. Trumpington Green Corridor, Cambridge, UK.
A public design project, including the design of street furniture, three pedestrian bridges,
an allotment garden and community garden, signage and orientation. Cambridge, UK. 2011-18

Future Perfect, Public Art Commission, Bristol, UK. 2013-14

A project that includes the design of a theatre curtain, 5 play areas and a foot path for Hengrove, Bristol.


Art and the Public Realm Bristol. School playground commission, Bristol, UK. 2014

Das Kind, die Stadt und die Kunst – Aldo van Eyck, Nils Norman and Yto Barrada, 

Schmela Haus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfallen, Düsseldorf, Germany. 2013


Lead Artist. Trumpington Green Corridor, Cambridge, UK.
A public design project, including the design of street furniture, three pedestrian bridges,
an allotment garden and community garden, signage and orientation. Cambridge, UK. 2011-18


Ode to Charles Fourier: towards a Phalanstery for Manchester, Cube, Manchester, UK. 2011


Edible Park, Two Permaculture urban farming projects commissioned by Stroom, the Hague, the Netherlands. 2010


Open-Assembly No:1. Loughborough. Insects, Worms, Mushrooms, Birds and Students, Radar, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK. 2010


Dave Hullfish Bailey and Nils Norman. Surrounded by Squares, Raven Row, London, UK. 2009


Public Workspace Playscape Sculpture Graz, Utopie und Monument, (Public Art Commission), Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria. 2009


The University of Trash, (in collaboration with Mike Cataldi), the Sculpture Center, Long Island City, Long Island, USA. 2009


Stockwell Underground Station Facade and rooftop garden project, Art on the Underground, London, UK. (Unrealised). 2008


Tate Public Art Commission, (in collaboration with Grimshaw-Architects, unrealised). 2008


The Golden Lane Campus, (School playground design), London, UK. 2008


Ruins, Monuments and Follies, Aspex, Portsmouth, UK. 2008


Games and Theory, exhibition structure design, South London Gallery, London, UK. 2008


Experimental Art Institutions: an ongoing survey, (in collaboration with the students of Bourges Art School), La Box, Bourges, France. 2008


You Have Been Misinformed, (in collaboration with Stephan Dillemuth), Reena Spaulings, NYC, USA. 2008


Tate Artist Commission, (for the exhibition ‘Global Cities’), Tate Modern, London, UK. 2007


Ideal City, artist commission, Art on the Underground – Piccadilly Circus, London, UK. 2007


A Mysterious Thing, (in collaboration with Stephan Dillemuth), Vilma Gold, London, UK. 2007


Artist Commission, Art on the Underground, (various posters and unaccepted Oyster card wallet design), 

London, UK. 2006


Artist Commission, (public sculpture), Hayward Gallery and British Art Show 6, Baltic, Gateshead, UK. 2006


Degenerate Cologne, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany. 2006


Trekroner Bridge and Islands, art and architecture design commission, (design of pedestrian bridge and two islands), City of Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark. 2006


Artist Commission, (public sculpture), for the exhibition Beyond Green, Smart Museum, Chicago, USA. 2005


The Homerton Playscape Multiple Struggle Niche, City Projects, London, UK. 2005


The Art of Urbanomics, Bloomberg Artist Commission, (flash animation), Hayward Gallery, London, UK. 2004


Everything in the Future Will Necessarily Come: CorporateFairytales and Other Sculptural Maneuvers, (in collaboration with Stephan Dillemuth), Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg, Germany. 2004


Hey Rudy!: A Phantom on the Streets of Schizz, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin, Germany. 2003


Geocruiser, The Institute of Visual Culture, Cambridge, UK. 2001

Dismal Garden, American Fine Arts Co. Ltd., New York, NY, USA. 2001


The Topology of a proposal for a phantom experimental city school leaflet, East Dulwich, the Top Room,

London, UK. 2000


Debut of the Gerrard Winstanley Radical Gardening Space Reclamation Mobile Field Centre and Weather Station,

(European Chapter), Galerie für Landschafts Kunst, Hamburg, Germany. 2000


The Cruel Dialectic: Decay and Opportunity, American Fine Arts Co, Ltd, New York, NY, USA. 1999


Social Surplus, American Fine Arts Co., New York, NY, USA. 1997


Niche, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany. 1996


Romney Reborn, Das Museum Ferner Gegenden, Hamburg, Germany. 1996


Nils Norman. Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany. 1992


Nils Norman, Friesewall 120, Cologne, Germany. 1991


Lawren Maben and Nils Norman, 64-65 Guilford St, (later known as Milch), London. 1990


Selected Group Exhibitions


Illiberal Arts, with Stephan Dillemuth. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany. 2021


Slavs and Tatars / Lawrence Abu Hamdan / Nils Norman / Andrea Bakketun / Sara Christensen / Allyce Wood
Curated by Martina Petrelli. Akershus Kunstsenter, Lillestrøm, Norway. 2019

Family Ties: The Schroder Donation. Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany. 2019


Die bucklige Verwandtschaft. NagelDraxler Galerie. Cologne, Germany. 2019


Sculpture Playground. (In collaboration with Public Works). Kunstraum. London, UK. 2019

The Lie of the Land, MKGallery, Milton Keynes, UK, 2019

Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge, The Second Yinchuan Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, Yinchuan, China, 2018


The Politics of Design – Act 1. Z33, Hasselt, Belgium, 2018


Working Hard to be Useless, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Utah, USA, 2018

Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies, 1957-2017.  Curated by Sue Spaid

Museum de Domijnen, Sittard, the Netherlands. 2017 

The Mere Future, American Medium, Brooklyn, NY, USA. 2017


DIE IDEE DER FREIEN FLUSSZONEDie Galerie für Landschaftskunst im Heidelberger Kunstverein,

Heidelberg, Germany. 2017

Utopia Factory, Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Canada. 2017

Hamlet, (With Stephan Dillemuth). Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. Stuttgart, Germany. 2016


NEXT: UTOPIA, Norrköping's Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden. 2016


Game of Life III: Juliusvariasjonene, Kristiansand Kunsthall,

Kristiansand, Norway. 2016


Participate: Think/Play/Do. The Tetley, Leeds, UK. 2015 


Safety, MUDAC, Lausanne, Switzerland. 2015


Spielräume/Freeplay, Haus der Architektur | House of Architecture, Graz, Austria. 2015


Transmission, recréation et répétition. Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France. 2015

Playgrounds: Reinventing the Square, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. 2014

Imaginary Friends, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY, USA. 2013

Artists' Plans For Sustainability, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. 2013

Cultural Freedom in Europe, Goethe Institute, Brussels, Belgium. 2013

Sandfields Festival of Ideas, Swansea, Wales, UK. 2012

Cartographies Of Hope: Change Narratives, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic. 2012

Redundanz, GFLK Halle Süd, Bad Tölz, Germany. 2012


The Europa Triangle, curated by Kit Hammonds, Dyson Building Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK. 2012

Beziehungsarbeit - Kunst und Institution, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Vienna, Austria. 2011


Government Art Collection: Selected by Cornelia Parker: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain,
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK. 2011


Rituals of the Artworld, Ludlow 38, NYC, NY, USA. 2011


Scenarios About Europe, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany. 2011


PARK: a possibility, Istanbul, Turkey. 2010


The Way it Wasn’t (Celebrating ten years of castillo/corrales, Paris), Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN, USA. 2010


Utopie und Alltag: Im Spannungsfeld zwischen Kunst und Bildung, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland. 2010


European Social Forum 2010 / Radical Aesthetics, film Screening, Istanbul, Turkey. 2010


This World and Nearer Ones, Governor’s Island, Creative Time, NYC, USA. 2009


Utopia and the Everyday, Centre d’Art Contemporain, CAC, Geneva, Switzerland. 2009


Deep Green, Den Frie, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2009


Foodprint, Stroom, the Hague, The Netherlands. 2009


Time as Matter: MACBA collection new acquisitions, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain. 2009


Assume Nothing, New Social Practice, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada. 2009


Beyond Green, The DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, USA. 2009 


Future Non-Future, Architecture Association School of Architecture, London, UK. 2008


Street Art, Street Life, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA. 2008

The Geopolitics of Animation, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain. 2008


The Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone, UK. 2008


Games and Theory, South London Art Gallery, London, UK. 2008


Beyond Green, Museum London, London, Ontario, Canada. 2008


Beyond Green, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, 2008


Beyond Green, The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland,

Oregon, USA. 2008


Dear Cockettes, (with Stephan Dillemuth), UKS galleri, Oslo, Norway. 2007


Nachvollziehungsangebote, WUK - Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria. 2007


It Starts From Here, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK. 2007


How to Cook a Wolf, (with Stephan Dillemuth), Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich Switzerland.

Curated by John Kelsey. 2007


Global Cities, Tate Modern, London, UK. 2007


Beyond Green, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. 2007


Beyond Green, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. 2007


Beyond Green, Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, USA. 2007


The Happiness of Objects, Sculpture Center, New York, NY, USA. 2007


Make Your Own Life, ICA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 2006


Beyond Green, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, New York, USA. 2006


Beyond Green, University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, USA. 2006


The British Art Show 6, Baltic, Gateshead, UK. 2005-6


Down the Garden Path: Artists Gardens since 1960, Queens Museum, Queens, New York, USA. 2005


Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA. 2005


Fantasy Architecture, national touring exhibition, organized by the Hayward Gallery, RIBA and the Arts Council of England. 2004/05


The Art of the Garden: The Role of the Garden in British Visual Culture: 1804-2004, Tate Britain, London, UK. 2004


Fantastic, MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA. 2004


The Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba. 2003


Utopia Station, 50th Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. Curated by Molly Nesbit, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija. 2003


Museutopia, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum der Stadt Hagen, Hagen, Germany. 2002


Elbow Room, Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY. 2000


Home, Deichtorhalle, Hamburg, Germany. 2000


Democracy!, Royal College of Art, London, UK. 2000


Greater New York, PS1, Long Island City, NY, USA. 2000


Cousins, Cosima von Bonin at the Kunstverein Braunsweig, Braunsweig, Germany. 2000


Top Gear, the Top Room, East Dulwich, London. 2000


1999 Drawings, Alexander and Bonin Gallery, New York, NY, USA. 2000


Small World, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA. Curated by Toby Kamps. 2000


Hey International Competition Style!, TENT, Rotterdam, NL. 2000


Urban Islands, Cubitt, London, UK. Curated by Stefan Kalmar. 1999


Hiriya in the Museum, Museum of Modern Art Tel-Aviv, Israel. 1999


Simon Leung and Nils Norman, Project Wall, Rosamund Felson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. 1999


Overflow, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA. Curated by Meg O'Rourke and Caroline Schneider. 1999


Nils Norman and Chris Whittey, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY at Old Westbury, Long Island, NY, USA. Curated by Helen Molesworth. 1998


The Making of, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria. 1998


Broken Home, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY, USA. Curated by Meg O'Rourke and Caroline Schneider. 1997


Summer Group Exhibition, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany. 1995


Dennis Balk, Simon Leung and Nils Norman, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY, USA. 1995


Die Arena des Privaten, Kunstverein Munich, Munich, Germany. 1993


Wohnzimmer/Büro, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany. 1992


F-Space, K-Raum Daxer, Munich, Germany. Curated by Stephan Dillemuth and Josef Strau. 1991


Consultation Projects

Public Art Consultation. Norrköping's Inner Harbour Development. Norrköping, Sweden. (Ongoing)


External Advisor. The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva. Advisory Research Group, Geneva, Switzerland. 2017-19


Play Consultation and Design, Mereside, Blackpool, UK. 2016-2017


Selected Bibliography




Propuestas Para Una Plaza. Proposals For A Plaza. Editorial concept Fritz Haeg, Kit Hammonds

and Nils Norman. Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico. 2018

Edible Park, Nils Norman. Eds Taco de Neef, Nils Norman, Peter de Rooden, Astrid Vorstermans. Valiz, NL. 2012


Nils Norman artists pages and front cover, Mute magazine, Vol 2,#12. June 2009


Charing Cross. Serpentine Gallery and Konig Books, London. 2008


No Fear: Growing up in a Risk Averse Society. Tim Gill with photos by Nils Norman, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, London, UK. 2007


Thurrock 2015. 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


The Contemporary Picturesque. Book Works, London, UK. 2000


Critical Articles, Reviews and Exhibition Catalogues

Gitter, Dornen, Stacheln: Architektur, die sich gegen Obdachlose richtet, DER STANDARD. Maik Novotny. 23 February. 2020


Akershus kunstsenter imponerer nok en gang med ny utstilling. SUBJECT. Håvard Holmefjord. 11, December, 2019


Playscape, WALLPAPER*. Nick Compton. October 2019

A Field Guide To The 'Weapons' Of Hostile Architecture In NYC. THE GOTHAMIST. Elizabeth Kim. AUG. 14, 2019

Familienbande. Die Schenkung Schröder. {Exhibition catalogue}. Ed, Barbara Engelbach. Museum Ludwig, Verlag de Buchhandlung Walther König. Cologne. 2019


Environmentally Aware Artists Are Turning their Gaze on the Art World. ELEPHANT. 16 May. 2019


MK Gallery, review – a building that makes Milton Keynes exciting all over again. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH. Mark Hudson. 12 March. 2019


Milton Keynes Gallery goes back to plan A. RIBA JOURNAL. Hugh Pearman. 14 March. 2019


Is it time to think again about Milton Keynes? Why the new MK Gallery is an architectural gem. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH. Caroline Roux, 13 March. 2019

MK Gallery review – sparking joy in Milton Keynes.THE OBSERVER, Rowan Moore, Sunday 10 March. 2019  

Off Grid. A Review of the new MKGallery. ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW. Douglas Murphy. May. 2019   Playing with History. ART REVIEW. Mark Rappolt. May. 2019


Mirror to Milton Keynes. ARCHITECTURE TODAY. Sam Jacob. April. 2019


MK Gallery review – utterly, thrillingly Milton Keynesian. THE GUARDIAN, Oliver Wainwright, Tuesday 5 March. 2019


Landmarks: Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Niederösterreich, 1988-2018. Ed Katharina Blass-Pratscher, Brigitte Huck and Susanne Neuberger. Amt der NÖ Landesregierung, St Pölten, Austria. 2019

Jabornegg & Pálffy: The Architecture of the Generali Foundation.Ed Johannes Schlebügge,Schlebrügge.Editor. Vienna, Austria. 2019

The Lie of the Land, {Exhibition Catalogue}, eds. Fay Blanchard, Tom Emerson, Niall Hobhouse, Sam Jacob, Gareth Jones, Anthony Spira and Claire Louise Staunton. MKGallery, Milton Keynes, UK. 2019



2019 Arts Preview. Masters and Machines: The Best Art and Architecture of 2019. THE GUARDIAN, 2 January, 2019


Dismal Garden. Interview with Nils Norman for VILLAGE PSYCHIC. May 29, 2018



Jumex Museum show looks at the fall of the Utopian ideal in Latin America, Linda Yablonsky,

THE ART NEWSPAPER, 11th April, 2018


La explanada del Museo Jumex, gran laboratorio creativo y social, Ángel Vargas, REFORMA, 9 April, 2018


6a architects, adjustments, EL CROQUIS, Madrid, 2017

Text on education and the School of Walls and Space, 2017

Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies, 1957-2017 Sue Spaid. Museum de Domijnen, Sittard, the Netherlands, 2017 

L'Art A L'Épreuve De La Ville, Cahier 01, Ed Tilo Steireif, UER AT et Unité Communication, HEP Voud. 2017


Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good. Ed Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson and Dominic Willsdon. MIT and the New Museum, 2016



Nils Norman at Museum De Domijnen,




Game of Life III. Juliusvariasjonene, {Exhibition Catalogue}, ed Jan Freuchen and Sigurd Tenningen. Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway. 2016

Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology, TJ Demos, Sternberg Press. 2016





 Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good, edited by Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson, and Dominic Willsdon, New Museum/MIT Press, 2015


Architects are purposely designing uncomfortable park benches, Selena Savić. QUATRZ, March 26, 2015.

Anti-homeless spikes: ‘Sleeping rough opened my eyes to the city’s barbed cruelty’, Alex Andreou, THE GUARDIAN, Wednesday 18th February, 2015 


Shooting Space: Architecture In Contemporary Photography, Elias Redstone, Phaidon Press, 2014

Contestations: Learning From Critical Experiments In Education, Ed Tim Ivison & Tom Vandeputte, Bedford Press London, 2014

Playgrounds: reinventing the square, {Exhibition Catalogue}, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain. 2014


Are Anti-Homeless Sidewalk Spikes Immoral? Kristin Hohenadel, 2014

The Underdog: The Life and Times of Colin de Land, the Ultimate Art Dealer, DAZED AND CONFUSED, Spring 2014

Two Antithetical Archives Caught in a Cruel Dialectic, A project by Nils NormanARTFORUM, September. 2013

Mellem utopi og byens rum, Andreas Eckhardt-Læssøe ATLAS. Tema: Utopier. 2013

The European Book. ed Barbara Steiner, Jovis Verlag. 2013

Research in Progress – A Doctorate/PhD in arts, Haute école d'art et design, Genéve, Programme Master de recherche CCC, Newsletter CCC 10/11. 2013

Die Spieltheorie, Maren Keller, KULTURSPIEGEL, April, Heft 4. 2013

The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon. ed Tamsin Dillon, Art on the Underground, Art/Books. 2012

Mobile Phenomena: Compiled by Temporary Services. Temporary Services, Half Letter Press. 2012

Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawings. Matt Bua & Maximillian Goldfarb, Laurence King Publishing. 2012

Changing Places, a roundtable with Nils Norman, Timotheus Vermeulen, Anton Vidokle and Sharon Zukin 

on the place of art in society, FRIEZE. June, July, August 2012

Thinking Europe, The Scenario Book, ed Barbara Steiner, {Exhibition Catalogue}, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany. 2012

Social Spaces. Can Altay and Dan Graham, FRIEZE. May 2012


Art After Nature. TJ Demos on the Post-Natural Condition. TJ Demos, ARTFORUM. April 2012

Locating the Producers. Paul O'Neill and Claire Doherty(eds), Valiz Antennae, 2011

Foodprint: voedsel voor de stad, voer voor de kunst. Sandra Spijkerman. K KUNSTBEELD.NL. January 2011

This Week: Artists in Manchester are Using Play to Explore Architecture. James Pallister. THE ARCHITECTS' JOURNAL. October 2011

Venice, Basel, Folkestone. James Pallister. THE ARCHITECTS' JOURNAL. November 2011

The Cat Came as a Tomato: Conversations on Play and Contemporary Art Practice.

The South London Art Gallery. London 2011


Student Aid: Nils Norman on the Copenhagen Free University. Nils Norman, ARTFORUM. October 2011


On View, World Wide, for the Month of... .Calendar published by Kunstverein NY, NYC, USA. 2011


Nils Norman. Agnieszka Gratzka. FRIEZE. April 2011


Let the Children Play, Nils Norman. CASA VOGUE, VOGUE ITALY. April 2011


Dome Culture in the 21st Century. Eva Diaz, GREY ROOM, MIT Press. 2011


Nils Norman: From bomb site to boutique: the playground and its journey from anarchy to economic development tool. Winnipeg, Arts Council, podcast, Canada. Spring 2011


Eetbaar Park, METROPOLIS M, No. 6. 2010/2011


No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City. Anthony Iles and Josephine Berry. Mute Publishing. 2010


Nils Norman online interview. Badatsports contemporary art talks.


Best of 2010, Nils Norman. ARTFORUM. December 2010


Nils Norman, Public Workplace Playground Structure, Graz Austria, 2009. Playscapes: A Blog About Playground Design. Thursday, September 16, 2010. 


Propaganda in the Garden. Cathy Lebowitz, ART IN AMERICA. October 2009


Radical Nature. TJ Demos, {Exhibition Catalogue}, Barbican Gallery, London. 2009


The Free Soil Reader. Sarah Lewison, interview with Nils Norman, Future Farmers. 2009


Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists’ writings. ed Alexander Alberro and Blake Stimson, MIT Press. 2009


Public Art Lower Austria, Vol 9. Katherine Blass-Pratscher, Springer Wein New York. 2009


The Art Season Returns. Oliver Basciano, September 2009


Michael Cataldi and Nils Norman. Alex Kitnick, ART IN AMERICA. September 2009


The University of Trash. Joshua Decter, ARTFORUM. September 2009

The Art of Urbanomics. HAUS DER ARCHITETUR GAZETTE, Graz, Austria. 2008


Interview between Nils Norman and Christian Mayer. ZEUS. Issue N.14. March 2008


Thin Cities. Ed Sally Shaw and Gavin Wade, published by ART ON THE UNDERGROUND, London. 2008


Neoliberal Gothic. Yates McKee, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, No 72. December 2008


Good Social/ Bad Social: the Films of Stephan Dillemuth. Maija Timonen MUTE MAGAZINE, December. 2008


You Have Been Misinformed. Holland Cotter, NEW YORK TIMES. October 2, 2008


Folkestone Triennial. Jonathan Griffin, FRIEZE. September 2008


Games and Theory. Jonathan Griffin, FRIEZE. October 2008


Games and Theory. Coline Milliard, ART REVIEW. November 2008


Nils Norman. Jessica Lack, GUARDIAN guide. May 31, 2008


Design and Landscape for People, Clare Cumberlidge and Lucy Musgrave, Thames and Hudson. 2007


A Mysterious Thing. JJ Charlesworth, ART REVIEW. November 2007


A Mysterious Thing. Melanie Gilligan, ARTFORUM. December 2007


Stephan Dillemuth and Nils Norman. Andrew Hunt, FRIEZE. Nov-Dec 2007


It starts from here. Matt Price, ARTMONTHLY. September 2007


A Sketch of London. ART PRESS 2. No: 6. 2007


Shining on the trampled path: Nils Norman talks with Stephan Dillemuth. UNTITLED MAGAZINE. June 2006


Make Your Own Life. Christian Rattemeyer, ARTFORUM. Summer 2006


Cologne as Mythic Hot Spot. Roberta Smith, NEW YORK TIMES. June 2, 2006


Down the Garden Path: The Artist’s Garden After Modernism. Ed by Valerie Smith, {Exhibition Catalogue}, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NYC, USA. 2005


Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds. Alex Farquharson, FRIEZE. September 2005


The Art of the Garden: The Role of the Garden in British Visual Culture: 1804-2004. {Exhibition Catalogue}, Tate Britain, London. 2004


Fantasy Architecture 1500-2036. Neil Bingham, Clare Carolin, Peter Cook and Rob Wilson. {Exhibition Catalogue}, National Touring Exhibitions, Hayward Gallery, London. 2004


Nils Norman. Gregory Williams, ARTFORUM. March. 2004


The Cruel Dialectic: On the Work of Nils Norman. T.J. Demos, GREY ROOM, Number 13. Fall, 2003


Alternative Art New York: 1965 - 1985. Ed Julie Ault, University of Minnesota Press and The Drawing Center, New York, New York, USA. 2002


Utopia Now, Face to Face. Interview with Jennifer Allen, ARTFORUM.COM. January 2002


Nils Norman. OCTOBER 100. Spring, 2002


Anger is an Energy. Niru Ratnam, ID MAGAZINE, Issue 231. April, 2003


Between Ikea and the Südstadt. Gareth James, UNTITLED, Issue 29. Winter/Spring, 2003


Geocruising: Nils Norman. Matt Price, FUSEDMAGAZINE 9, January, 2002


Drawings made for NiFCA catalogue. Populism. 2/02. 2002


Nils Norman. Malik Gaines, ART&TEXT, November, 2001


Nils Norman. Gregory Williams, ARTFORUM, October, 2001


All Aboard the Big Yellow Eco-fun Bus. David Bussel, i-D MAGAZINE, March, 2001


Free Radical. Jan Verwoert, FRIEZE, October, 2001


Listed, Iwona Blazwick. VOGUE, May, 2001


Nils Norman, Dismal Garden. Holland Cotter, THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 15, 2001


Urban Islands. JJ Charlesworth, ART MONTHLY, February, 2000


Elbow Room, THE NEW YORKER, August 7, 2000


Tiny Worlds Create Grand Illusions, Leah Ollman, LOS ANGELES TIMES, January 23, 2000


Nils Norman. Jan Verwoert, SPRINGERIN, April, 2000


1999 Drawings, THE NEW YORKER, January 17, 2000


This Headline Could Be a Piece of Interventionist Art. Michael Bracewell, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, 14 May, 2000


Nils Norman. Ken Johnson, THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 9, 1999


Nils Norman. THE NEW YORKER, April, 1999


Nils Norman: Mission Impossible. Interview with Mark Dion, DOCUMENTS, winter, 1998


Nils Norman at American Fine Arts. Grady T. Turner, ART IN AMERICA, February, 1998


Broken Home, Owen Drolet, FLASH ART, Nov/Dec, 1998


Nils Norman and Chris Whittey. Helen A. Harrison, THE NEW YORK TIMES ON SUNDAY, April 12, 1998


Plane Schmieden. Isabelle Graw and a neighbour on Gladbacher St, TEXTE ZUR KUNST, March, 1997


Communists and Radicals. Nils Norman. SUPER UMBAU, Nr 2. 1997


Nils Norman, Roberta Smith, THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 11, 1997


Nils Norman: Social Surplus. Susanne Reichling, SPRINGER, Band III, Heft 2, 1997


Nils Norman. VILLAGE VOICE, April 8, 1997


Nils Norman. Dean Inkster, BLOCKNOTES, #14, Jan/Feb, 1997


Nils Norman. Helen Molesworth, FRIEZE, Summer 1997


Fiktionen zur vermieten. André Butzer, SPEX, December, 1996


Stoffsammlung. Isabelle Graw, ARTIS, July/Aug, 1992


Poser und Tartaren. Jutta Koether, SPEX, July, 1991


Nils Norman. Jutta Koether, ARTFORUM, November, 1991


Recent Teaching and Public Speaking

Recent positions

Professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and Design, Copenhagen, Denmark, Head of studio – the School of Walls and Space. 2008-2017

Visiting lecturer, CCC, Research-based Master Programme,
Geneva University of Art and Design. HEAD. Geneva Switzerland. 1999-2015


Mentor, Fine Arts Department, the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, the Netherland
The Garden Department, a garden classroom at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Meeting Grounds Edition 4: The Garden Department, a garden classroom at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.
Talk/lecture, Workshop. Onomatopee, Eindhoven, the Netherlands


The Garden Department/Studium Generale/Centraal Museum Utrecht present:
Fritz Haeg 'Salmon Creek Farm, 1971-2021' and Jonny Bruce 'Wallflower'.
The Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Netherlands


Mentor, Fine Arts Department, the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Garden Department, a garden classroom at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Outside the Box, Public Art in Qatar. Two day conference National Museum of Qatar and Qatar National Library, organised by

Future Everything in collaboration with the Qatar Foundation and the British Council in Qatar. Doha, Qatar


The Art of Play Work. Conference. Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales

Talk on Playgrounds. Graphic Design Department, the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 


Keynote Speaker. MRes student symposium, the Royal College of Art, London


Mentor, Fine Arts Department, the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 


Guest lecturer, Program Art & Public Space, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway

Guest lecturer, Graphic Design Department, the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Guest lecturer, Architecture MA, Central St Martins School of Art and Design, London, UK


Fritz Haeg and Nils Norman in conversation with Julieta Gonzáles. The Rouse Visiting Artist Conversation. Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Fritz Haeg and Nils Norman in conversation with Aldo Solano. Museo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

The Library talks. Artist talk, Rietveld Library, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Convivial Tools, symposium on the legacy of Ivan Illich's concept of conviviality, the Design Museum, London, UK


Architecture & National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Year On. Artist talk and panel discussion. Contemporary Calgary, Calgary, Canada


The Art of Being Civic, symposiumTate Modern, London, UK

Nils Norman on Utopia. Artist Talk, Public Art St Paul, St Paul, Minnesota, USA

Next Utopia: Conference. Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden

All Teachers are Cops. Nils Norman's talk on alternative pedagogy and libertarian education, Kunsthalle Charlottenburg,Copenhagen, Denmark

Workshop: TRANS MFA, HEAD, Geneva, Switzerland

Workshop: Institute for Contemporary Art, Technische Universität Graz, Austria

In conversation with Dustin Eriksen, The Exchange Floor, Croydon Arts Store, Croydon , London


Artist Talk. Wimbledon College of Art, Wimbledon, London, UK

A conversation between Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Nils Norman, 'A Partition' Event at The Old Operating Theatre, Curated By Rebecca Lewin, London, UK

Workshop in collaboration with Kristian Byskov and Margarita del Carmen, Asterisk Summer School, Tallinn, Estonia




City Club Presentation with Gareth Jones, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK


Guest speaker. Western Front, Vancouver, Canada

Workshop leader. Central St Martins School of Art and Design, London, UK

Guest speaker and workshop leader. Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria

Guest speaker and outside observer. Teachers symposium.The Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Guest teacher. Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, UK

Teaching mentor. Central St Martins School of Art and Design, London, UK

Guest lecturer.The Royal College of Art, London, UK

Workshop leader and guest speaker. HDK School of Design and Crafts/ University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Seminar and guest speaker.The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden



Guest seminar leader. École supérieure d’art de Grenoble, France

Guest speaker. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA

Guest speaker. D-ARCH Department Architektur, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Guest speaker. Central St Martins School of Art and Design, London, UK

MA Seminar guest speaker. School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Guest teacher. Long Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, UK

Guest lecturer. Sandberg Instituut,Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Artist talk. Flat Time House, London, UK

Artist talk with Anna Minton, Auto Italia, London, UK

External evaluator. Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Guest lecturer.The Slade School of Art, London, UK



Guest speaker. The Secret Life of Plants conference.The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program

in the Humanities at Princeton (IHUM), Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Workshop leader. Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg Pennsylvania, USA

Artist talk, CASCO, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Guest lecturer. Sandberg Instituut, 
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Artist talk. Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK



Artist talk and away day facilitation. Design Museum, London, UK.

Guest speaker. Robert Smithson symposium. The Royal Art Academy the Hague, the Netherlands

Artist talk. Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Guest lecturer.Transart. Online art school

Guest speaker. The Penzance Convention, Penzance, UK

Workshop leader. Land Arts of the American West, University of New Mexico. Wendover, Utah, USA



Guest lecturer. Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland

Artist talk. Grimshaw and Partners, London, UK

Guest lecturer. Royal College of Art, London, UK

Guest lecturer. Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden

Guest lecturer. SOMA Summer School, Mexico City, Mexico

Guest lecturer. Selforganised Summer School in my London studio, UK

Guest speaker. Central St Martins School of Art and Design, London, UK

Guest speaker.Art History Department, University College London, London, UK

Guest speaker.The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London, UK.

Guest speaker. Geography Department seminar, Roskilde University (RUC), Roskilde, Denmark

Guest speaker. Utopia Revisited conference. Arken Museum of Art, Arken, Denmark



Guest lecturer. The Slade School of Fine Art. London. UK

Guest lecturer. Portland State University. Portland. USA

Guest speaker. Deschooling Society conference. Hayward Gallery, London. UK

Keynote Speaker. Open Engagement conference. Portland State University, Portland, USA.

Keynote Speaker.The Edible Park, Stroom, the Hague, the Netherlands.

Guest speaker. Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Guest speaker. My City is Still Breathing conference. Winnipeg Arts. Winnipeg, Canada



Mark Dion and Nils Norman Present: Travel the World and the Seven Seas. Tue, May 1, 2007

LIC Bar. 45-58 Vernon Boulevard at 46th Avenue. Long Island Cily, NY. USA