Designer, maker and facilitator with over 20 years experience of professional and community practice. Originally trained in Theatre Design but through her community arts practice, her interest in fibre art grew and a desire to develop personal artwork. Recent graduate in MA Textile Practice from Manchester School of Art. She is a member of Prism Contemporary Textiles Collective, Society of Embroidered Work, Precious Collective and Society of British Theatre Design.

Artist statement:

Nerissa Cargill Thompson encourages the viewer to stop and look closer; to consider the beauty, value and purpose in the old and discarded through photography and three-dimensional textiles. Her work investigates how things change appearance & shape over time, not just eroding or decaying but also new layers of growth, giving interesting juxtapositions of structure and colour, using old clothes and scrap materials within her work for economic & ecological sustainability.

Her recent sculptural work highlights the issue of plastic pollution. It invites us to consider the packaging that we use and discard on a daily basis; objects such as drinks bottles that are so lightweight and seem so insignificant that we barely notice them. The incorporation of detailed embroidery touches upon the way our waste becomes subsumed into the natural world around us. However, the pretty, colourful lichens, seaweed and molluscs fail to obliterate the hulking, grey, concrete bottles that peer out from beneath them.


MA Textiles in Practice, Manchester School of Art, 2016-18 

BA(Hons) Theatre Design, Nottingham Trent University, 1992-95

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Nottingham Trent University, 1991-92

Arts Award Adviser training, Bronze & Silver (2011) + Discover & Explore (2014)



Manchester Open 2020, selected group exhibition curated by Bren O’Callaghan, HOME, Manchester.

Depictions of Living, group exhibition of work exploring climate issues curated by Samuel Ivan Roberts and Roshanak (Roshi) Khakban. Art Pavillion, Mile End, London

Staging Places, SBTD exhibition, V&A Museum, London (extended from 2019)


Waste of Our World, group exhibition of environmental art curated by Rathbone studios & gallery, Birkenhead.

Fragility, group exhibition by PrismContemporary Textiles Collective, Hoxton Arches, London and RBSA, Birmingham.

Bankley Open 2019, selected by Bankley Studios & Gallery, Manchester.

Beached, Art in Windows, 5 Bold Place, Liverpool.

Buy Better, Buy The Kilo, Tynemouth.

Terra & Tide group online exhibition curated by Envision Arts. Winner of Best in Show.

Staging Places, SBTD exhibition, V&A Museum, London

Micro, a group exhibition of pieces under 20 x 20 x20cm curated by AIR Gallery, Altrincham.

Here & Now, a group exhibition of contemporary jewellery curated by Marketplace Studios, Stockport.


Thoughtful Planet 2, group exhibition of environmental art curated by Thought Foundation, Birtley.

Brownfield Research Centre, group exhibition, Airspace Gallery, Stoke.

London Road Project, group exhibition responding to London Road Fire Station, Plant Noma, Manchester.

Thresholds: The Adjacent Possible, group exhibition curated by Not Just Collective, Tapestry, Liverpool.

Time, exhibition of textiles & photography with Simone Frater-Russell, Arc centre, Stockport.


Blowing a Gail, group exhibition curated by Womanstanley, Old Town House, Warrington.

Loss/Inheritance , group exhibition including workshop exploring ageing, Manchester Craft Centre.

WORK:REST:PLAY, group exhibition, Marketplace Studios, Stockport.

Make Anything, Manchester Makers Collective, Fred Aldous window, Manchester.

Over The Kitchen Table, Mothers Who Make pop-up exhibition, PUSH Festival, HOME, Manchester.


Make collection, Manchester Makers Collective commission, The Study, Manchester Museum.


Colour Pop, Manchester Makers Collective, Royal Exchange Craft Centre, Manchester.


Make/Believe, SBTD exhibition, Nottingham Trent University.


Transformation & Revelation, SBTD exhibition, Welsh College of Speech & Drama, Cardiff.


Collaborators, SBTD exhibition, Nottingham Trent University.


2D>3D, SBTD exhibition, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. (also on education team)

public art


Five Ways to Wellbeing, series of textile banners for Beacon Counselling designed through workshops.


Affirmations, installation for live art piece by Proud & Loud Arts, Manchester Art Gallery plus tour.-


Seasons, relief mural, Lever Gardens sheltered housing scheme, Bolton@Home.


Zany/Calm, Textile banners for session rooms, designed through workshops, 42nd Street, Manchester.


Happy Times, Painted Mural, Miles Platting Library, Groundwork.

Happy 21st, Birthday Cake sculpture, Opening ceremony, Pittenweem Arts Festival.


Christmas Installations, textiles & lanterns, Pyramid Centre, Warrington.

community exhibitions – lead artist/design mentor

2016/17:   Cells, live art pieces exploring disability & stigma, Proud & Loud Arts, Manchester Art Gallery plus tour.

2014:   Water Music project, public art with schools, inspired by Bridgewater Canal, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

2012:   Seasonal Hymns textile art collection, Text into Textile project, Salvation Army church, Bolton South.

2011:   Home, collection of birdhouses by community groups, opening of new 42nd Street building, Manchester.

2008:   Ruth, dolls exploring identity made with women of non-British origin, Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester.


Workshops for all ages in wide range of visual arts – textile art, banner making, sewing skills, theatre design, prop making, costumes, masks, puppets, carnival arts, sculpture. Companies/projects include Bolton@Home, Bridgewater Hall, Creative Curve, Manchester Council, Salford Council, Teach UK, Groundwork, Rainbow Haven, Alpha Plus, MAP, Creative Partnerships, Manchester PRU, Society British Theatre Designers, Warrington Borough Council, Bolton Lads & Girls Club & various primary & secondary schools.

Design in community theatre & video projects for Proud & Loud, DIY Theatre Company, Contact Young Actors Company, Aqueous Humour, Activ8, M6 Theatre, Burnley Youth Theatre, Box of Frogs, High Peak Arts and TIPP.

References are available upon request.