Nick Hackworth


Nick is a writer, curator and art advisor.

He studied at Central Saint Martins, The University of Oxford, where he read Modern History, and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Nick was Contemporary Art Critic at The Evening Standard between 2000-2007, where he worked closely with Brian Sewell. He was also, for a while, Art Editor of Dazed & Confused, and contributed to numerous other publications. During this period he began his career in the commercial art world as an Art Advisor at Quintessentially, and also served as an advisor to the Government Art Collection.

In 2006 he founded Paradise Row, an emerging gallery which existed in two locations in the East End, before moving to Fitzrovia in 2010. The gallery initially showed a close-knit group and friends and associates before opening up to a program of local and international artists. Paradise Row closed in 2014. Paradise Row Projects returned to existence in September 2021 as a non-profit, curatorial project based in Mayfair.

Outside London, Nick has been particularly active in Istanbul. He wrote A Hedonists Guide to Istanbul, a guide book on the city in 2005. In collaboration with curator Lalin Akalan, he staged Il Faut être Absolument Modern, a Paradise Row pop-up show in Turkey, one of the first projects by a Western gallery in the city. In 2015, he spent a year as Creative Director of Galerist, Istanbul. In 2017, he curated In the Realm of the Senseless, a solo show of Jake & Dinos Chapman at Arter.

In 2016, Nick became the founding Director of Modern Forms, a private collection and curatorial platform founded by collector Hussam Otaibi. It is dedicated to supporting outstanding contemporary art though a program of acquisitions, donations and collaborations with artists and art institutions.
In tandem Nick became Art Advisor at Floreat Group, advising the firm on art investments.

In collaboration with staff and students at Central Saint Martins and Kingston School of Art, he co-founded Credit, a new initiative supporting UK’s emerging art scene.

Outside of the art world Nick is a Director of AmazoniAlerta, an NGO developing a new, blockchain based app designed with and for the people of the Amazon. It enables users to share and store, securely, anonymously and in real-time, critical data on attacks on them and the forest.