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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2015/20                                     PhD, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University

2009/10                                    MA Contemporary Art Theory.  Edinburgh College of Art

2004/07                                    Sculpture BA (Hons) Edinburgh College of Art

2006                                          International Exchange: Arizona State University

2002/03                                    BTEC Art Foundation. Brighton City College


2020                                          Director, b-side 

2016/20                                    Head of Arts, British Council, Kenya and East Africa

2019                                           Director of Arts, British Council, Sub-Saharan Africa

2011/16                                      Founding Director, 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

2014                                           Project Director, KLA ART 014

2009/16                                    Founder, Artachat

2011/12                                     Artist in Residence, Edinburgh Mela Festival

2011                                           Artist in Residence, Deveron Arts

2011                                           Artist in Residence, Scottish Sculpture Workshops

2007/09                                   Co-Founder, ten til ten. Tradeston, Glasgow

2009                                          Community Radio Presenter.  Leith Fm

2009                                          Public Art Commission, Edinburgh International Art Festival

2007                                          Invigilator, The Venice Biennale, Scottish Pavillion

Grants and Awards

2019/20                                     The Force of Art, Research Grant: Hivos, Prince Claus,                                                             and the European Cultural Foundation

2017                                           British Council Cultural Relations Achievement Award

2017                                           Goldsmiths Graduate School Travel Award

2016                                           ISPA Global Fellow

2012/15                                     Key grants won for 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust, including:

.                                                  British Council, The African Arts Trust, Arts Collaboratory,

2011                                           Awards for All, the Big Lottery Fund

2011                                           Gordon Forum for the Arts Award

2010                                          Dartmoor Arts Bursary Award

2010                                          Chiene and Tait.  Postgraduate Award

2009                                         Students Awards Agency Scotland.  Postgraduate Award

2008                                         Arts Trust Scotland Award.  Creative Scotland

2008                                         Edinburgh Visual Arts and Crafts Award Scheme

2005                                         Helen A. Rose Bequest for Sculpture, Edinburgh Art College