Nora West wrote stories and drew pictures all her English childhood, and took a B.F.A. degree at Goldsmiths College in 60’s London . After this she took part in many solo and group art shows, publishing essays and reviews, curating shows and running galleries. She moved to NZ with four children in 1982 and joined Peace Movement Aotearoa; completing an M.A (Art & Design)at A.U.T. In 2002. Her topic was protest banners.
Nora has lived between Grey Lynn and Waiheke for twenty years. It was Wax Lyrical, a show of candles and poetry that she curated for the Waiheke Community Art Gallery’s Winter Solstice in 2001, that reminded her how much she loved language. Now she writes more than she draws, though she still screenprints coffee sacks for the Upcycle Craft Collective. and makes banners for the various local and global campaigns needed to keep the planet habitable by her grandchildren.