­­­Nigel Hurlstone CV



Nigel Hurlstone (b. 1970) studied for a BA in Embroidered Textiles at the former Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University) where he was awarded a first-class honours degree. He then gained a MA (distinction) in textiles and was one of the first graduates to be a awarded a Ph.D with practice by MMU in 2000. He has worked simultaneously as a practitioner, writer and senior lecturer for the past twenty years. Nigel led the BA(Hons) Textiles Embroidery pathway at Glasgow School of Art, established and ran the BA(Hons) Drawing and Applied Arts programme at UWE (Bristol) until 2006 when he became programme leader for the BA(Hons) Embroidery programme at MMU. He is currently a 0.5 fractional senior lecturer on the BA Textiles in Practice and MA Textiles programme at MMU and Visiting Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art. In 2014, Nigel established a studio in Ffynnongroywn, North Wales. His practice is concerned with the (re)presentation of the photographic image through embroidered and digital print processes, and examines central themes of masculinity, sexuality and desire in both historical and contemporary contexts.






1990 - 1991 North Staffordshire Polytechnic: Foundation Certificate in Art and Design (Distinction)

1991 - 1994 Manchester Polytechnic: BA(hons)Fashion/Textiles with chief study in Embroidery (First class)

1994 - 1995 Manchester Metropolitan University: MA Textiles (Distinction)

1996 - 2000 Manchester Metropolitan University: Ph.D.



2018   Arts Council Wales Research and Development Award

2018   Embroiderers Guild Beryl Dean Award (winner 2018)

2016   Highly commended: 15th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz  



2013  ‘Imagine’, UK commission for ‘Cote Salons’ for ‘L’Auiguille en Fete,’ Paris

2012   Birley Fields- Public Art Commission for development of new campus (MMU), Lead Artist

2009   Baker Tilly Accountants: foyer installation for new headquarters, Spinningfields, Manchester


Relevant Selected Exhibitions

2018    11th International Chinese Embroidery Festival, Suzhou Han Art Museum, China

2018    ‘Private Pleasures,’ (solo show) Five Years, Archway, London

2017    ‘Cusp,’ Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Denbighshire

2017    Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition, Glasgow

2017    Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Rijswijk, Herenstraat, Netherlands

2016    Welsh representative, 15th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland

2016   ‘Significance,’ Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Knit and Stitch (Harrogate and London)

2014   ‘Construct,’ Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Denbighshire

2014   ‘Scenes of Change,’ L'Auiguille en Fete, Paris

2013   ‘Imagine,’ (solo show) L’Auiguille en Fete, Paris

2013   ‘Men Only,’ (group show with Gavin Fry and James Hunting), L’Auiguille en Fete, Paris

2013   ‘Seamless: The Digital In Design,’ National Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2013   ‘Hand Stitch Perspectives,’ Knit and Stitch, Harrogate, London, Dublin

2012   ‘Pairings II: Conversations & Collaborations,’ Museum in the Park, Stroud & CAA London

2010   ‘Machine Stitch Perspectives,’ Knit and Stitch (Harrogate, London and Dublin)

2000   ‘Gaze II’, (solo exhibition), Cross Street Chapel, City Centre, Manchester

1998   ‘Gaze’ (solo exhibition), Aytoun Gallery, Manchester

1996   ‘The Gallery,’ Cork Street, London

1996   ‘William Morris Revisited: Questioning the Legacy,’ Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Birmingham

              City Museum and Art Gallery

Curated Exhibitions

2014        Scenes of Change,’ L'Auiguille en Fete, Paris



2018       ‘Raising the Bar,’ Portfolio Workshops, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin

2017       ‘Raising the Bar,’ Portfolio Workshops, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin

2016       ‘Drawing: Working Across Media,’ Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin

2015       ‘Hand Stitch Matters,’ L’Auiguille en Fete, Paris


Published Texts

2018       Hurlstone, N., ‘Stitching Up: Embroidering the sex life of a fetishist image maker,’ in ‘The Erotic Cloth:

                Seduction and Fetishism,’ Kettle A., and Millar, L., (Ed.), Bloomsbury, 2018. ISBN 9781474281737

2012       Hurlstone, N., ‘Speaking Up for Silence,’ in ‘Hand Stitch Perspectives,’ Kettle, A and McKeating, J.,

                (Ed.), Bloomsbury, 2012. ISBN 9781408123416

2010       Hurlstone, N., ‘Drawing and the Chimera of Embroidery,’ in ‘Machine Stitch Perspectives,’ Kettle, A.,

                and McKeating, J., (Ed.), A and C Black. ISBN 9780713688689



2017      Mitchison, L., ‘About Face: The embroidered surfaces of Nigel Hurlstone that hint of powerful

               narratives,’ Hall, J., (Ed.), ‘Embroidery, Vol. 68, Nov/Dec 2017

2017      Van der Ploeg, Frank, ‘Nigel Hurlstone: Veiled,’ in ‘Rijswijk Textile Biennale 2017,’ Kloosterboer, A.,

               (Ed.), Museum, Rijswijk, 2017

2016      Kettle, A., ‘Manchester Making Matters,’ foreword by Geoffrey Crossick Chair of the Crafts Council

2016      Sterk, Beatrijs, ‘In Review: The 15th International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles,

               Lodz,’ McDade, M., R., (Ed.), ‘Surface Design, Fall 2016

2014      Miller, M., Hill, J., Hughes, P., ‘Construct: eight textile artists explore identity,’ Ruthin Craft Centre,

               Ruthin, Denbighshire, 2014.

               ISBN 978-1-905865-65-9

2014      https://walesartsreview.org/construct-2

1998      Clymont, F., ‘See the Suffering,’ in ‘City Life,’ No. 354, 29 April- 14 May 1998, pg.43

1998      Clymont, F., ‘New Art,’ in ‘the Pink Paper,’ 3 April, 1998, pg.17

1998      Campbell-Johnstone, R., ‘Around the galleries,’ in ‘The Times,’ 26th April, 1998, pg.37swinden, E., ‘Spat

               at…portraits which

               provoked storm of protest,’ in ‘Manchester Metro News,’ 15 May, 1998, pg.3

1998      Haile, D., ‘Alarm at Nazi gays art show,’ in ‘Manchester Evening News,’ 17 April, 1998, pg.24

1998      Buller, R., ‘Student fears for show on Nazis’ gay victims,’ in ‘The Guardian,’ 16 April, 1998, pg.13

1998      Haynes, R., ‘Facing the Past,’ in ‘The Big Issue, Arts Section, no. 207, 27th April-3 May 1998, pg.29




2012 -            0.5 Senior Lecturer BA(Hons) Textiles in Practice, MA Textiles and Ph.D. supervision,

                       Manchester Metropolitan University­­

2012 -            Visiting Senior Lecturer, MA Textiles (Mixed Media), Royal College of Art

2005 - 2012  Programme Leader BA(Hons) Embroidery, Manchester Metropolitan University

2004 - 2005  MA by Research Programme Leader, University of the West of England, Bristol

2000 - 2004  Programme Leader BA(Hons) Drawing and Applied Arts, University of the West of England, Bristol

1998 - 2000  Pathway Leader (Embroidery), BA (Hons) Textiles, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow

1997 - 1998  Senior Lecturer BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts, Manchester Metropolitan University

1996 - 1998  Visiting Lecturer BA(Hons) Textiles, John Moores University, Liverpool


External Examining/Advisory Roles

2018-              External Examiner, BA (Hons) Textiles, Sir John Cass, London Metropolitan University

2016-             External Examiner, BA (Hons) Textiles, OCA, Farnham

2016              External reviewer and validation panel for BA (Hons) Textiles Practice, Birmingham Metropolitan


2015              External reviewer BA (Hons) Interior Design, University of the West of England, Bristol

2009 – 2014 External Examiner, MA Design, MA Fine Art, University of Hertfordshire

2013              Internal reviewer for MA Art and Design suite validation, Manchester Metropolitan University

2013              External Reviewer for re-validation of BA (Hons) textiles, (OPUS School), validated by UCL

2014              External reviewer and validation panel for BA (Hons) Embroidery, Royal College of Needlework,

                       Hampton Court Palace, London

2012              External reviewer M.RES (Surface Pattern) Manchester University

2004              External reviewer and validation panel for Bar Council Approved Examinations LLB (Hons) and BA

                      (Hons), UWE, Bristol

2003              External Reviewer for BA Combined Hons in Art and Design, MARJON, Plymouth



2012/13       Specialist expert and consultant for ‘Love Productions’ for the planning and launch of ‘The Great

                      British Sewing Bee,’ (2013)

2012             Guest interview with Jenny Murray on ‘Woman’s Hour’ BBC Radio 4


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