nicky hirst

lives and works in london

1993 - 1994 ma art and architecture, kiad, canterbury

1982 - 1985 ba fine art, maidstone college of art, kent

1981 - 1982 foundation course, jacob kramer college, leeds

solo and two-person exhibitions (selected)


: elemental works, domobaal, london

: briar rose, m2 gallery, london


: real size, domobaal, london

: invisible mending, amp peckham, london


: museo d'arte contemporanea di cogliandrino, basilicata, italy


: morphology, with doug burton, royal academy schools gallery, london


: indiana ain't pink, floor 30 clifford chance building, london


: anthony wilkinson gallery, london


: fellowship exhibition (with mary evans) byam shaw school of art, london


: perforated observations, iniva, london


: cordon sanitaire, imperial war museum, invited by roger tolson, iwm, london

: cell 3, barbican foyer gallery, barbican centre, curated by julia bunnage, london

: anthony wilkinson gallery, london


: limited edition multiple, soho house, london


: wall drawing, homerton hospital, london

: wall drawing, darlington arts centre, uk


: tongue and groove, 181 gallery, london

: caught looking, catalogue with an essay by gregor muir, dash gallery, london


: adam gallery (with roy voss) london


: the green room, manchester

: university art gallery (with jacqueline jeffries) leeds

group exhibitions (selected)


: something and nothing, curated by nicky hirst, with matt calderwood, simon callery, angela de la cruz, vincent hawkins, nicky hirst, sara mackillop, thames-side studios gallery, london  

: humble as hell, curated by roland hicks, schwitters merzbarn, cumbria 

: the word, curated by michael petry, helsinki contemporary, helsinki, finland

: rana begum curates the arts council collection, longside gallery, yorkshire sculpture park, uk

: drawing biennial 2017, drawing room, london


: scenery, the surprisingly passionate about weddings gallery, london

: creekside open 2015 selected by lisa milroy for apt gallery, london

: drawing biennial 2015, drawing room, london


: death and dying, mag3 projektraum, vienna, austria

: impress: print making expanded in contemporary art, courtauld gallery, london

: project 05: nicky hirst, penny klepuszewska and tom lovelace, cas, london


: creekside open 2013 selected by paul noble, apt gallery, london

: drawing biennial 2013, drawing room, london


: grid, vigo gallery, london


: sagacity, curated by roberto ekholm, forman's smokehouse gallery, london

: drawing biennial 2011


: prototypes and experiments, aram gallery, london


: drawing biennial 2009, drawing room, london


: ghost trade and the spectre of change, deptford x, london


: the last show, anthony wilkinson gallery, london


: black box, e:vent gallery, london

: out of place, the new art gallery, walsall

: the world is turning, curated by finlay taylor, domobaal, london


: showcase, south london gallery, selected by thomas frangenberg

: city art gallery, edinburgh, selected by thomas frangenberg

: drawing two hundred - biennial fundraiser, drawing room, london


: 6000 chairs, crystal palace park, london

: collage, bloomberg space, london, curated by sacha craddock, graham gussin, stephen hepworth and david risley

: prospects drawing prize 2004, tea building, london


: remember, remember . . . pugh, pugh, berlin, germany

: infallible, in search of the real george eliot, touring exhibition


: fabric, abbot hall art gallery, kendal, uk

: viewpoints, eagle gallery, london

: showhouse, pm gallery and house, london

: prospects 2002 drawing prize, essor gallery project space, london


: the end is nigh, cskx, london


: one room, the factory, shepherdess walk, london


: east wing collection, courtauld institute of art, london

: day for night, museum of installation, london

: ninenineninetynine, anthony wilkinson gallery, london

: to be continued > the new art gallery walsall project, walsall

: manufacturers, childers street, london


: new art in yorkshire, leeds city art gallery

: surrealism surveyed, leeds city art gallery

: whenever, commercial too, london

: home, margaret harvey gallery, st. albans, uk

: musée imaginaire, part 2, museum of installation, london

: a cloudburst of material possessions: a fantasy on a drawing by leonardo da vinci, touring exhibition, curated by paul bonaventura


: open art '86, mappin art gallery, sheffield

: between patients, with nicholas bolton, david cheeseman, anna mossman, stewart wilson, adam caruso, nicky hirst and roy voss at 10 swan yard, london

: whitechapel open, commercial too, london


: konrad lorenzo's duck, with gianfranco botto, roberto bruno, maurizio cattelan, helen chadwick, mat collishaw, john frankland, letizia galli, nicky hirst, stephen nelson, maurizio vetrugno at ex-lanificio bona, turin, italy

: the house no garden project, with karl blossfeldt, monica bonvicini, nicky hirst, leo, sebastian lowsley-williams, claudia schmacke, gregor schneider, terry smith at cskx, london


: whitechapel open, whitechapel art gallery, london

: university art gallery, leeds


: pet show, 69 union street, london

: snapshots, presented by anthony wilkinson at the eagle gallery, london

: peripheral states, with tacita dean, emma rushton, nicky hirst and suzanne walker, curated by sarah kent at benjamin rhodes gallery, london


: brick lane open (1), heritage centre, london

: cskx studios, london

: whitechapel open, whitechapel art gallery, london


: south bank picture show, royal festival hall, london

: collective gallery, edinburgh


: whitechapel open 1990, whitechapel art gallery, london

: new art in yorkshire, leeds city art gallery

: surrealism surveyed, leeds city art gallery

: open art '86, mappin art gallery, sheffield

: home is where the art is (should be), st paul's gallery, leeds

public art commissions

2017 - 2018

: new union wharf, cubitt town, london

: y bwthyn macmillan specialist care unit, wales 

: westbourne park baptist church + dolphin living, london 

2016 - 2017

: oxfordshire county library, westgate, oxford

2015 - 2016

: vista residential chelsea bridge, london

2013 - 2014

: kingfisher court mental health facility, radlett, hertfordshire


: bulgari hotel & residences, london

: passmores secondary school, harlow, essex


: royal veterinary college, hawkshead campus

: royal albert memorial museum, exeter, funded by arts council england

: new pharmacy manufacturing facility, guy's hospital, london

: oxford eye hospital, oxford


: bracknell and wokingham college, bracknell

2005 - 2008

: consultant artist for 'salt bridges' biochemistry building, university of oxford

publications and press, etc


: 'nicky hirst - real size' review in studio international by veronica simpson on 1st may 2017

: 'it is something, it is nothing' published by another place press, edition of 150


: wild blue yonder: by jeni walwin - pdf:


: morphology: doug burton and nicky hirst isbn 978-0-9557699-2-4


: infallible: in search of the real george elliott isbn 1-873352-83-2


: the saatchi gift to the arts council collection isbn 1-85332-207-5


: day for night, museum of installation 1999 isbn 1-903209-00-5

: young british art: the saatchi decade 1999 isbn 1-861540-33-7

: public art journal, march 1999, art for architecture by jonathan darke

: bloom: contemporary art garden 1999 isbn 88-86429-35-5


: rsa journal 4/4 art for architecture by jes fernie, pages 23-25


: flowers: errant bodies isbn 0-9655-5700-6


: standing in the shadows, waiting in the wings' by francis mckee


: artist-in-research 1996-1998, iniva publication isbn 1-899846-24-7


: de-, dis-, ex-. volume 1, ex-cavating modernism isbn 1-901033-05-8

: review by sotiris kyriacou, art monthly no. 197, nicky hirst - imperial war museum and anthony wilkinson fine art

: riba interiors february 1996, feast of colours, pages 14-19


: konrad lorenz's duck catalogue essay by paola piccato


: peripheral states catalogue essay by sarah kent

: 'caught looking' publication with an essay by gregor muir to accompany nicky hirst's solo exhibition at dash gallery, London

: 'shaping up' time out review by tania guha


: cambridge architecture journal 1992, essay by charlotte klonk, pages 11-14


: time out review by david lillington, (with roy voss) adam gallery, london

: 'towards an aesthetic of nature in contemporary art' nicky hirst and rebecca salter by charlotte klonk, published in the cambridge architecture journal



: venice agendas access all areas, 15th international architecture biennale, venice, italy


: artist advisor for artfutures with curator jeni walwin, contemporary art society

2005 - 2008

: consultant artist for 'salt bridges' biochemistry building, university of oxford


: healthy hospitals competition, cabe with design team: mcdowell + benedetti architects, prof. tim oliver, space syntax, virtual artworks, terry jones

1997 - 99

: rsa art for architecture award scheme, hiv unit royal free hospital, london

: art in hospitals collaboration with mark francis, public art development trust and the kings fund


: artist in research residency at stillman eastwick-field partnership, initiated and funded by institute of international visual art, (iniva) london

collections (selected)

arthur anderson & co collection, arts council collection, bradford metropolitan council collection, bupa collection, clifford chance collection, doncaster borough council collection, hammersmith and fulham borough council collection, huddersfield art gallery, penguin books collection, pictet bank london, saatchi collection, sheffield city art gallery