About

Rocca Holly-Nambi is an internationally award-winning Cultural Producer. Boom. She is Director of b-side, a contemporary arts organisation and biennale festival based on the Isle of Portland. 

Holly-Nambi is undertaking a practice based PhD in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Queer Abstraction in Kenya and Uganda. 

This website documents artworks, projects, and ideas. You are welcome to explore.

Image Credit: Darlyne Komukama

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Big Prom on the Promenade

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls!  Come and get your Glad Rags and Dancing Shoes on for a free outdoor afternoon Tea Dance to be remembered.” Since 1962, the incredible 20 piece Leith Community Concert Band hadn’t serenaded the public along Portobello Promenade. We thought it was time to bring this magic it back, and for […]

Sculpture Commissions

These commissions are a mixed bunch, and vary between works that are more my ideas and thoughts and those that were made to order, a bit of a bread and butter income – the giant fish for example, is an example of the latter. My favourite commission is ‘Sea Shell Showcase’. Inspired by working at […]

ten til ten.

Founded in 2009 with Lindsey Hanlon, in  a warehouse in the regenerating area of Tradeston, Glasgow – ten til ten. was a temporary artist run space that served to provide an exhibition platform for emerging local and international artists. Lindsey and I ran a residency programme and an exhibition programme which included projects for the Collective Gallery and […]

32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust is  a centre for the creation and exploration of contemporary Ugandan and East African art. From 2011-2016, I worked with a team to think through, and set up the space. Based in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, the centre provides artists with: studio space; residences; workshops; and artist-led public art projects. 32° East is now […]

Shared Territories

For 15 months I worked as artist in residence for the Edinburgh Mela Festival. I worked with some brilliant young people in Muirhouse, Edinburgh. After quickly realising there was limited interest for sculpture and contemporary visual art, we discovered a complimentary desire: to be a hip hop group (them) – and to be a manager of a hip […]

Artachat

I began Artachat after graduating from art school and feeling a lack of a place to meet peers and critique work in the city. The project began as a simple crit session: I’d invite an artist to bring their work to a cafe (where I was a waitress at the time) and we’d invite an audience who would […]

Goodman’s Croft

I was invited for a residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop to design and construct a mobile radio station in the rural farming village of Lumsden, Aberdeenshire. Here’s what we got up to: “In 17th century, and particularly in the northeast of Scotland, there was the widespread belief that a part of every field should […]

Leith Fm

For two years I produced and presented a radio show for community station, Leith Fm. I focused on arts, culture and community issues.  A weekly regular was the Bethany Group.  Every Monday at 2pm a group of eight homeless  and vulnerable adults were given half an hour to use the airwaves as they pleased. The […]

Mobile Picture Salon

The Mobile Picture Salon is a portable cinema housed in a 1970s caravan. Originally founded by Ewan Sinclair and Joanne Smithers, I was gifted the caravan in 2011, gave it a spruce up and ran it as an opportunity for artists, curators and other people who love film, to programme and screen their own events. […]