Hurrel makes art through an engagement with specific contexts; it is a relational practice that takes into account the wider ecology of people and place. He works across a range of media such as video, sound, sculpture, light, text, digital, photography and writing.
Stephen Hurrel has shown his work in galleries, contemporary art festivals and public spaces in Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand. He has undertaken several artist residencies including a one-year Australian Residency and others in Sri Lanka, Mexico, The Azores and Scotland. Hurrel studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and has been a visiting lecturer at art institutes in the UK, Europe and Australia, and was Course Leader of an MA in Context & Media at Valand School of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Selected exhibitions include; Word of Mouth at Venice Biennale (2019), ISOP, Graz, Austria (2018), Summerhall, Edinburgh (2017), Colombo Biennale, Sri Lanka (2016), Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2015), Generation – 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland (2014), Walk & Talk, Azores, Portugal (2013), Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester, England (2013), Soundwave ((5)) Festival, San Francisco, USA (2012), Latrobe Gallery, Victoria, Australia (2011), Filmhouse, Edinburgh (2011), Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art; CCA off-site project (2005) and Tramway, Glasgow (2008)