Jane Nicholls (Cooper)

I am based in Cornwall UK

I graduated in 1997 from Falmouth School of Art with a B.A.(Hons) in Fine Art, gained a PGCE (PCET) in 1998.

Since then I have done Artist Residencies in various venues, worked many commissions and held several one-person shows of my paintings. Nearly all of the works on these pages are now on permanent display or in private collections.

In 2016, I graduated again from Falmouth University with a Masters Degree in Authorial Illustration. 

In 2017, after having worked my way through University as a healthcare assistant on an NHS Complex Care and Dementia Ward, I set up my business Memorophilia (opens a new page) working with memories, memoirs and reminiscence.

I continue to invite commissions for paintings, writing, artist residencies, artist books and murals.

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Detailed list of experience

1997; Graduated from Falmouth college of Arts, BA (Hons) Fine Art

1997 – 2002; One of the resident artists at Market St Mews, Penryn, Cornwall

2001; Graduated from Cornwall Business School with Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Post Compulsory Education and Training)

2000- 2003; First Resident Artist at Truro Cathedral

2002; Joined ‘Luminos’ group of community artists

2007 -2009; First Resident Artist at Truro School/ Truro Preparatory School

1997 – 2013; Self-employed artist/ tutor

2016 – Graduated from Falmouth University, MA Authorial Illustration

2017 – Started business ‘Memorophilia’ working with memories, memoir-writing and reminiscence.




2003; Mixed show ‘Art West’ Cornish Artists

2001-2003; ‘The Pillars and Me I, II and III’ annual solo exhibitions of paintings in Truro Cathedral, plus local tour, production of artists book, cards and prints funded by South West Arts and Truro Cathedral

2002; ‘Birdsong’ solo exhibition of paintings at Market St Mews, Penryn, Cornwall

2002; Mixed show, St Elwyns, Hayle, Cornwall

2001; ‘Polyxeni’s Dowry’ solo exhibition of paintings and mixed media, Market St Mews, Penryn, Cornwall

2009; solo exhibition of paintings at Truro School




1991- 2012; Part –time tutor of Modern Greek, Beginners –GCSE –Advanced at Falmouth/ Penryn Adult Education Centre, The Language Centre at Cornwall College, and at Truro/Penwith College respectively, as well as private tuition

1998-2000; Life- Drawing classes for adults, run from Market St Mews, Penryn, Cornwall

2002, 2003; Participating artist in BBC Timebank Big Arts Week, at Archbishop Benson J&I School, Truro, Cornwall, resulting in permanent displays in the school hall

2002; ‘Anonymous’ Painting and body-printing workshop with women and children at a Cornish Womens’ Refuge, exhibited in Truro Cathedral

2002; ‘Arts lab’ project, words workshop with other ‘Luminos’ artists at Pencalenick School with yr 10 SEN pupils

2003; ‘Underbelly’ project with other ‘Luminos’ artists. One-day ‘urban tribal fashion show’ at Roseland Community School, yr 9, dance, digital music, costume making junk percussion, lighting, choreography and stage direction

2003; Hayle Youth Group (14-17yr olds) in Summer Holidays with costume and set design, choreography, digital music, junk percussion, lighting and stage direction

2003 and 2004; Resident Artist for 45th and 46th annual music festival, St Endellion, Cornwall

2004; Week-long multimedia workshop with ‘Luminos’ artists, secondary school, Nottingham

2004; Multimedia workshop with ‘Luminos’ at Falmouth Beacon Youth Club

2004; Multimedia workshop with ‘Luminos’ at Sir James Smith School

2004; Mosaic ‘Memorial for Luke’ design and make workshop with pupils, teachers and Luke’s family plus members of local community at Bridgetown Primary School, Warwick, for Warwickshire Council

2005; I assisted Truro College students to design and paint decorations on the coffin of their friend and sister who died in a car accident.

2005; Street parade and workshops with ‘Luminos’ artists in Chumleigh, Devon

2007 -2009; First Resident Artist at Truro School, Truro Preparatory School and Truro Pre-Preparatory school. Mosaics, paintings, art clubs and activities, and curriculum teaching.

2009; Series of voluntary art workshops for children with ASD and their siblings, for Barnardos

2010; Six-week Artists residency at Blackwater J&I School, Cornwall, ‘All join in’ Mural painting

2011; Six- week Artists residency at Grampound Road J&I School ‘All join in’ large oil painting, permanent mosaic mural, art activity club.

2012; Summer term Artist Residency at Pencalenick SEN School. ‘All join in’ mural depicting every person in the school, working with every person in the school. (Please see video made by pupils on website)

2013; Mosaic workshop at Beacon J&I School, Bodmin, Cornwall

2018; Mural project Garner Complex Care and Dementia Ward, Bodmin Hospital




2009; Advocacy Skills – Barnardos volunteer training

2009; Parent Mentor skills – Barnardos volunteer training

2009; Introduction to ASD – Barnardos volunteers training

2009; Safeguarding training – Barnardos volunteer training

2010; ‘Childhood Bereavement and Loss’ Level 1 – Penhaligon’s Friends

2012; ‘Caring for People with Dementia’  

2014; NHS Inpatient Mental Health Mandatory Training