During a long career as an artist, producer, and facilitator he has worked with festivals, producing and presenting organisations, and with galleries and museums of every conceivable size and profile, both in the UK and overseas.
In 1997, he joined the British Council and was seconded to Visiting Arts, a UK Government agency which supports artistic exchange and intercultural dialogue between the UK and the rest of the world. As one of Visiting Arts’ three directors, with responsibility for Cultural Operations, Mr Fernandez had responsibility for the development of a broad spectrum of arts management and cultural leadership programmes dealing with the visual and performing arts. He left Visiting Arts in 2008 to set up his own company, NFA International Arts and Culture.
Since its inception, NFA has worked with a variety of organisations across the world, including the British Council; the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport; the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi; the Southbank Centre in London; the Virasat Foundation in Rajasthan; the Cultural Olympiad of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games n; the Victoria & Albert Museum; the Edinburgh International Festival; the Arts Council England’s Sustained Theatre initiative; the UK’s National Youth Theatre; Akademi South Asian dance agency (London); the Fadjr Festival in Tehran, Iran; and Relais Culture Europe in France. He has been Scottish Dance Theatre’s International Producer since 2009.
Nelsonis a regular speaker at seminars, workshops, conferences, and symposia on issues relating to the arts, arts management, cultural policy and diplomacy, and intercultural dialogue. He is a Director of Brighton Festival & Dome Ltd., ATC Theatre Company, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et Lettres.
He was awarded an OBE for services to the arts in June 2009.