Nura Ali is a visual artist, writer, and curator living and working in Calgary, Alberta. She received a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver; a BA in English Literature, Art History, and Italian from the University of Leicester; and a BA in History from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her wide-ranging practise investigates the linguistic and cognitive scaffolding underpinning the ways in which we create meaning. Nura has shown her work across Canada and internationally, has received numerous awards and grants, most recently from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Canada Institute, Calgary Arts Development, and the Rozsa Foundation, and has taken part in various national and international residencies.
When she is not curled up with a book or pottering around her garden, Nura is dreaming up ways to dismantle oppressive structures, and for this reason became one of the founding members of the Vancouver Artists Labour Union, a unionised workers cooperative whose mission it is to transform labour practises in the arts sector and create fair, equitable, and sustainable working conditions for artists and cultural workers.