Island projects is an independent non-profit curatorial practice based in Kent which focuses on commissioning contemporary art in unusual public spaces.

Island Projects launched its first project in 2004 entitled ‘Insula Ovinium’ retracing the journey of William Hogarth to the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Founder Nicole Mollett worked with a team of international artists and local partners to establish the first series of contemporary art galleries in Swale. Funded by Arts Council South East, Thames Estuary Partnership, Swale Borough Council and the EU, the project included a publication, public workshops and lectures and multiple exhibitions and performances. The project was a huge success and subsequently traveled to Hogarth House, London in 2005.

Island projects has been producing exciting projects for 10 years, working in multiple locations with a huge range of partners. The main focus has been on producing challenging site-specific work which engages audiences with new ways of participation and understanding of what art can be.



  • To bring art to the public. To provide a platform for contemporary art in remote and marginalised communities. To bring contemporary art to non-gallery contexts, including museums, public spaces, community centres and work environments.
  • To commission high quality, innovative arts projects.
  • To promote the benefits of creativity in the community and increase participation in the arts.
  • To be open to partnership work.
  • To support and offer opportunities to talented emerging artists.


Island projects is a not-for-profit artist community group. Since 2004 we have been successful in receiving funding to support our projects from;

Arts Council England, Kent County Council, Awards for All, Historic Royal Palaces.


Partner organizations include; Big Fish Arts, Rose Street Cottage, BRFM. Island Projects is open to new partnerships and members please contact us via email if you want to get involved.


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