Nina Wakeford

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Nina makes artworks which are often initiated by encounters with feminist, LGBT and queer histories or archives

Nina is Professor of Art the current Director of Research in the Department of Art. Recent work has been shown at Glasgow International, the Barbican, Reading International, Science Gallery, London and by Art on the Underground. With artist Elizabeth Price she initiated the Artist Citizens Jury which took place in November 2022 at CCA, Goldsmiths and also resulted in an artist book of testimony and reflection (also available as digital download).

Research interests

Through performance, props and moving image, she addresses the way in which identification and disidentification are forged, modes of empathy and inhabitation, and the risks of staying loyal/respectful to the kinds of materials that initiate her artwork - mostly from feminist, LGBT and queer archives. In 2024 she will complete a project for Stadtgalerie Bern generated from materials on concrete, Cold War paranoia and homo/queer/sexuality. Her artist book Our Pink Depot:The Gay Underground FLO-N202-236000000- TRK-MST-00002-SAY- HELLO-WAVE-GOODBYE- KEN-NIE-BPS (Book Works, 2019) based on conversations with miners, DJs, train drivers, engineers and flower market traders, proposes the whole of the new Northern Line Extension as queer club, and is being adapted into a live performance to be staged at London Transport Museum in 2025. Nina studied sociology before training in fine art and is the is the co-editor of Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social (Routledge, 2012) a collection which explores, amongst other things, how academic research might better work with openness and ambiguity.

Publications and research outputs


Wakeford, Nina. 2020. 'on being allergic to onions'... we read Susan Leigh Star. In: "Genders: Shaping and Breaking the Binary", Science Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 13 February - 28 June 2020.

Wakeford, Nina. 2019. We Will Replace All Men With Machines. In: "Life Rewired Season", Barbican, London, United Kingdom, 9 – 17 March 2019.

Wakeford, Nina. 2019. Here We Played 'Children of the Revolution’. In: "'Here We Played Children of the Revolution’", RCA Riverlight, London, United Kingdom, 26 January – 3 February 2019.


Wakeford, Nina. 2019. Live Performance. In: "Our Pink Depot", Matt's Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 28 November 2019.

Wakeford, Nina. 2019. The Worker Poets, Political Repression: Weakness of memory, in search of a revolutionary future. In: "In the Open or in Stealth. The Unruly Presence of an Intimate Future", MACBA, Barcelona, Spain.

Wakeford, Nina. 2018. ‘What is important about this reality is that it hurts, makes noises, smells. That it bleeps or falls on the floor’. In: "‘What is important about this reality is that it hurts, makes noises, smells. That it bleeps or falls on the floor’", PAKT, Netherlands, July 2018.

Artist's Book

Wakeford, Nina. 2019. Our Pink Depot: The Gay Underground FLO-N202- 236000000-TRK-MST-00002-SAY-HELLO- WAVE-GOODBYE-KEN-NIE-BPS.

Conference or Workshop Item

Andrews, Jorella G.; Wakeford, Nina; Kerridge, Tobie and Cameron, Jane. 2023. 'Cross-Departmental Textiles Workshop'. In: Cross Departmental Textiles Workshop. Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 8 March 2023.

Reckitt, Helena; Blackman, Lisa; Wakeford, Nina and Fisher, Jennifer. 2016. 'Affect and Curating: Feeling the Curatorial'. In: Affect and Curating: Feeling the Curatorial. Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom 19 January 2017.

Wakeford, Nina. 2011. 'Replacing the Networked Society with Social Foam: A Revolution for Corporate Ethnography?'. In: Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings. Colorado, United States.

Art Object

Carter, Claire Makhlouf; Noonan-Ganley, Joseph and Wakeford, Nina. 2022. DEMO PHOENIX.

Wakeford, Nina. 2020. We Will Replace All Men With Machines (manifesto statement).

Wakeford, Nina. 2019. Posters for the Northern Line.


Day, Sophie E.; Lury, Celia and Wakeford, Nina. 2014. Number ecologies: numbers and numbering practices. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 15(2), pp. 123-154. ISSN 1600-910X

Book Section

Prophet, Jane and Wakeford, Nina. 2010. A Conversation about Models and Prototypes. In: Hazel Gardiner and Charlie Gere, eds. Art Practice in a Digital Culture. London: Ashgate, pp. 43-60. ISBN 978-0-754-67623-2

Edited Book

Lury, Celia and Wakeford, Nina, eds. 2012. Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social London. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-57481-5

Printed Ephemera

Wilkie, Alex; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Gaver, William; Wakeford, Nina and Jungnickel, Kat. 2010. Making and Opening: Entangling Design and Social Science - conference delegate hand-out.


Wakeford, Nina. 2019 Art on the Underground: Our Pink Depot.