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Bridget Nicholls is the Founder/ Director of Pestival, an international festival dedicated to 'Insects in the arts and the art of being an insect'. The second was held at the Southbank Centre, London in 2009. Over 200, 000 people came and it reached a worldwide audience of over 10 million. www.pestival.org
Bridget recently spoke at TED salon London about "The Art of being an insect".
In the capacity of writer, broadcaster and naturalist, Bridget was commissioned to write and perform an Opera for ArtAngel on the Dusk Battle between Bat and Moth that hatched the Butterfly. Bridget also took part in the Experiment Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery at the end of 2007.
Amongst others, she has worked for BBC2, The Discovery Channel, The Ecologist magazine and BBC Radio 3 and 4, for whom she developed and presented a documentary on the life of Gerald Durrell. She has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 3 and 4 live debates with the likes of David Attenborough and is known as a naturalist with a sense of humour! Bridget is an experienced comedy writer and performer. She has worked with many of the country's top comedians such as Alistair McGowan, Sean Hughes, Sally Phillips, Stewart Lee and Simon Munnery (with whom she was nominated a Golden Rose and Perrier award).
Bridget has also had her own weekly live hour-long radio show on the arts radio station Resonance 104.4fm for well over 4 years. Bridget is the Arts and Ecology expert on the Discovery and Learning Adviser Board of the Zoological Society of London and Arts and Ecology consultant to Wetlands Link International. In this capacity she also visited China with the World Wildlife Fund.
Bridget was brought up on an animal rescue sanctuary in Sussex where feeding Bengal eagle owls, finding peacocks in her bed and untangling frog-mating pile-ups was 'de rigueur'.
Bridget's mission is for people to engage with the wonder of the natural world, believing that only then can we advance human understanding in technology, but also the arts, science and ultimately ourselves. Because of her work to date, she has been recognized as one of the first Arts and Ecology practitioners. She has a growing reputation nationally and internationally as a passionate communicator of the natural world from this more culturally integrated perspective and has been awarded the first Zoo Art Fellowship of the Zoological Society of London. Pestival HQ now resides at London Zoo for the next 3 years as they become artist-in-residence.