Jan Nimmo is a Glasgow based artist, designer and award winning filmmaker who studied at Glasgow School of Art. Over the past 25 years she has worked on a wide range of creative projects, encompassing solo exhibitions, interior, textile and graphic design, filmmaking, research into Latin American popular arts and facilitating issues based art projects for community groups.

She has explored an equally wide variety of media, from painting, collage, printmaking to photography and the moving image.

Jan's recent work is essentially people centred and looks at the lives that people lead - from portraits of musicians and artisans from Latin America to documenting picket lines in Ecuador; from transcriptions of banana workers' testimonies to recording oral history in Scotland.

Jan sees her role as that of bridge-builder, creating direct links between people and across cultures focusing on social and environmental justice and recording stories that would otherwise be lost. A fluent Spanish speaker,  Jan has developed a specialist working knowledge of popular Mexican art and Cuban traditional music.

In 2000 she initiated a collaborative art project, Green Gold, which documents the lives of banana workers in Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Cameroon through portrait, testimony, installation and film. Both of her award winning documentaries from the project, Bonita and Pura Vida, have been broadcast and screened at festivals internationally. Her most recent work is Portraits from Cameroon.


A regular visitor to La Sierra de Huelva in Southern Spain, Jan has embarked on a slow burning project (Part of Lie of the Land) which looks at traditional methods of farming. Much of her research is carried out on horseback, with Chaparro, her Andalusian gelding and mobile film and photography unit! She is currently gathering material about cork production.

Closer to home, Jan has completed a feature length documentary "The Road to Drumleman" about the mine where her late father, Neil, worked; the Argyll Colliery, Machrihanish.

Poet, Gerry Loose: "The Road to Drumleman is a tribute to the miners of Argyll Colliery and a rich oral history of a hidden Scotland. Not just Kintyre, but the whole country is enriched by this moving, witty, compassionate landmark film".

Jan's film productions and collaborative projects are made under her Cacomistle Productions label. Jan's films can be viewed on her film page or on her Vimeo Channel. For more images visit gallery.

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Visit Jan's blog Travels with Chaparro and other stories... for articles, new new drawings and stories.

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Jan is working on a series of drawings/portraits as part of her collection of Serrano Portraits from the Sierra de Huelva in Southern Spain. More on the blog.

Bonita, Pura Vida and Hard Labour are being screening at Workers Unite Film Festival - New York City

Travels with Chaparro - a letter from the Sierra de Huelva - an article originally written by Jan for Reforesting Scotland, now on the blog and published in The Ecologist magazine. Jan will be filming and making portraits throughout 2014.

Jan has been working as arts facilitator on A View From Here for Scottish Refugee Council and developing school workshops on the theme of Welcome in the lead up to Refugee Week 2014

The Road to Drumleman is currently being subtitled into Spanish.

DVDs of the Road to Drumleman available - contact Jan for details...


Photo of Jan by Angela Catlin

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Emilio "de la Huerta Grande" Antunez Tristancho, Galaroza, Spain Photo: Jan Nimmo