Hopkins was born in Hertfordshire and studied at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic and Glasgow School of Art. Her work is primarily concerned with the transformation of pre-existing surfaces. These have included furnishing fabrics, song sheets, pages from history books, newspapers and maps. In doing this, she transforms something familiar into a work of art. Hopkins was shortlisted for the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1997 and won a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award in 2002. She was among six artists chosen to represent Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Solo exhibitions include: Mummery + Schnelle, London (2008 and 2014); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2005); Andrew Mummery Gallery, London (1999 and 2003); and Tramway, Glasgow (1996). She lives and works in Glasgow.