Conor Hurford is a British sculptor based in The Peak District National Park. He studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University (2014-2017) graduating with a first-class degree. He has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and has been collected widely. He is the recipient of On Form’s bursary for Sculptors under the age of 35 (2021) and in 2023 EMH Homes in association with Junction Arts commissioned him to create a new sculpture for an upcoming Derbyshire housing development.

For the past 7 years, Conor’s material choice has been stone. Conor often utilises local quarries, reclamation yards and haulage firms sourcing carboniferous Derbyshire gritstone and limestone ranging from a few KG, through to single boulders of 3.5 tonnes.
His sculptural practice is driven by an underlying principle of direct stone carving, uninformed by proprietary sketches, and unaided by electrical or air-powered carving tools. A process akin to prehistoric carving to which his style is indebted, yielding objects with archaeological qualities often described as ‘artefacts’ or ‘specimens.’ Continuous lines often traverse entire boulders leading sculptures to be named through geological language such as ‘topographical mapping’ and ‘stratum.’ Relationships with the rocks are often forged through his extended period of hand chiselling, through snow, wind, rain, and sunshine. In this way, forms are organically created as Conor seeks to collaborate with nature instead of forcing his will upon it.

Conor is open to commissions and working with local quarries and haulage firms can fulfil orders for small to large projects. Prices include delivery charges via 22-26 tonne Hiab lorry.