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. He is currently studying for an MSc in Sustainability and Behaviour Change at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales.

Nick was Contemporary Art Critic at The Evening Standard between 2000-2007, where he worked closely with Brian Sewell. He was also Art Editor of Dazed & Confused, and contributed to numerous other publications. He was an Art Advisor at Quintessentially and also served on the advisory committee at the Government Art Collection.

In 2006 he founded Paradise Row, an emerging gallery that started in the East End, before moving to Fitzrovia in 2010. The gallery initially showed a close-knit, locally based group of friends and acquaintances before increasingly opening up its program to established and international artists.

In the autumn of 2021 Nick relaunched Paradise Row in Mayfair as a one-year, non-profit, curatorial project space. Experimenting with the model of the commercial gallery as a social enterprise, Paradise Row Projects showcased outstanding art projects staged by invited curators and raised money through art sales for social and environmentally focused NGOs.

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. Nick is also an advisor to Floreat Group, advising the firm on art investments.

In collaboration with staff and students at Central Saint Martins, he co-founded Credit, an initiative engaging with the UK’s emerging art scene.

In 2020, with Indigenous Brazilian curator Sandra Benites and artist Anita Ekman, Nick initiated Ka’a Body, a touring exhibition of Indigenous art and culture. So far the exhibition has been staged in London and Paris. It is the first such exhibition outside Brazil curated by an Indigenous curator.

Nick is also a Director of AmazoniAlerta, a start-up NGO that works with Indigenous communities in Brazil to advance the legal defence of their lands and rights and the protection of the Amazon rainforest.