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 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. She has spent the last year making portraits which pay tribute to the Ayotzinapa 43+, students who were forcibly disappeared in Mexico in Sept. 14.

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, Retratos Serranos, which portrays rural life there. 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 and writing articles and stotes on her blog.

Closer to home, Jan has made a feature length documentary "The Road to Drumleman" about the mine where her late father, Neil, worked; the Argyll Colliery, Machrihanish. She is currently working on a series of portaits, The Faces of Argyll Collery, documenting former miners and people associated with Argyll Collery.

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.

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

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¿Dónde están? will screen at Workers Unite! Film Festival in New York. It will screen alongside Cartel Land and Jorge Tizapa, one of the fathers of the disappeared students form Ayotzinapa, will be there or the Q&A.

Since the forced disappearance of 43 teacher training students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico in 2014 Jan has been making digital collages, in solidarity, of each student. View portraits here. There is a 5 min. video ¿Dónde están? (where are they? being launched to coincide with the first anniversary of the disappearances and massacre. For the video Jan has collaborated with Ro Casares and Colectivo Mambotango, Mexico. Read more

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.

Travels with Chaparro - a letter from the Sierra de Huelva - an article originally written by Jan for Reforesting Scotland and then published in The Ecologist magazine. You can now read it now on the blog. There are more stories about cork and rural life in the Sierra on the blog.

Jan is currently working on research/film project led by Janice Kirkpatrick of Graven, which will document the dying art of harness-making for Clydesdale horses. The project will also look at the welfare of Clydesdales.


Photo of Jan by Angela Catlin



One of Jan's portraits for the Ayotzinapa 43+