Nichola Bruce

St Peter & St Paul Church, Newchurch

Nichola Bruce is a film director, cinematographer, screenwriter and artist. Was raised in both Kent and London. Her most recent work Echoes From the Kent Coast was commissioned to illustrate the world of hidden stories and connections that mark Kent and its people out as particularly important in the impact and legacy of the First World War. The film was shortlisted and shown at the Imperial War Museum short Film Festival 2016. Her work is primarily about expressing the way the mind composites vision through memory. She films elements of her life almost every day and has an extensive archive of over 30 years of home movie.

Artist Statement


The film Candle for Light is a collaborative work with Clare Whistler, Sam Sharples and a team of performers brings Gifts to Art in Romney Marsh 2016. This has been a ten year project (2005-2015) and was made with a gift economy (i.e. no exchange of money) The film is to illustrate eight gifts that were traditionally given to a new child – Egg for Life, Coal for Heat, Evergreen for Eternity, Salt for Health, Candle for Light, Bread for Food, Coin for Wealth and a Silver Ring for Love throughout Life. Made in collaborations with other artists, these ‘gifts’ were offered and received in intimate, invited events in unusual locations. Nichola Bruce has interpreted the film footage of the eight events shot over the years by different filmmakers. The weather, gestures, places and the participants combine in a strange series of journeys unearthing what these objects, offered as a gift, may hold.


Candle is one of eight films from GIFTS