Nicola Henshaw tells stories through wood and metal, creating long-lasting artwork, which is both sculptural and functional. Drawing upon folklore and social history, it is tactile, accessible and often interactive.  She creates site specific work for public spaces as well as smaller domestic pieces for galleries in the UK and the USA.

Nicola has successfully run several community based public art projects across the UK. Recently: Crowdhill (Eastleigh); Buckland Rings (Lymington); Romsey to Abbotswood art trail and Hockey Viaduct interpretation scheme (Winchester).
• These have engaged a wide variety of people in a range of creative activities including writing stories and poems, evoking and sharing memories during “roadshows”, making sculptures and drawing with different tools, printing, photography, film making and temporary installations. 
• Each community project is well documented through social media.
• Nicola has worked in a wide variety of locations from new developments and areas of regeneration to sites of special scientific interest.

She lives in the New Forest, Hampshire.

“I was impressed by Nicola’s approach from the minute we received her written bid in response to a specification on the South East Business Portal.  From that point on, she has been organised, efficient client, thoughtful, energetic and enthusiastic.”

Eloise Appleby – Winchester City Council

Nicola was commissioned for our Abbotswood project in Romsey . The results of community workshops are beautiful bespoke artworks. Her stunning benches, floor way markers and large mural capture the memories and artworks of the communities in a cohesive and charming style.

Faye Perkins – Arts Officer, Test Valley Borough Council

Nicola led several print making workshops for the local community and produced some stunning artwork at Lakeside in a very tight timescale.  She is skilled at translating the aims of a project into striking results.

Melanie Vincent – Eastleigh Borough Council

Nicola is a capable, reliable person with enormous creative talent.  She is a true professional in all aspects of her work. Both projects we commissioned were delivered on time, displaying the highest quality of workmanship.  We have been given clear maintenance advice for both and they live on as inspiring features at the centre.” 

Jane Pownall – Minstead Study Centre

Working with Nicola Henshaw on this project and with colleagues from Winchester City Council has been a real pleasure.  This project has gone so well due to the enthusiasm of Nicola and her professional manner working with a variety of age groups to produce the interpretation along this important route.  The finished work is quite special. Well…

Marilyn Meeks – Hampshire County Council

I have known Nicola for over 25 years, and in that time I have bought numerous pieces of her work (several of which were commissions), and I have never been less than delighted with them. Her imagination and craftsmanship are second to none, and her designs are highly original and attractive, often eliciting comments and…

Kate Irvine – collector

I met Nicola at the Oxford Gallery in the early 90s; I admired her work and immediately commissioned a mirror to replace one that had had to be moved. It is still on the wall giving pleasure to family and friends. I have followed her career from London to the New Forest and admired the…

Linda Brownrigg – collector