Born 1968, London, UK

1987–90 BA (Hons) Degree Fine Art, 1st Class, Kent Institute of Art and Design, UK

1990–93 Post Graduate Diploma, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions/Performances


The Directors, Artangel, London, UK


The Animal That Therefore I Am, OCAT Institute, Beijing, China


Near-Life Experience, Kate MacGarry, London, UK


The Last of Its Kind, Workplace Gallery, London, UK

The Sounds of Others, Innsbruck Biennale, Austria


Functional Improvisation, Performance, Marcus Coates and Terry Day, William Morris Gallery, London, UK

Sound Reasoning, Performance, Miners Institute, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK


Arrivals/Departures – Nature Calendar, sculpture commission for Utrecht Centraal Train Station, Netherlands

Arrivals/Departures 16 performances across 12 months: grass snake ritual, salmon ritual, dawn chorus performance, bat choir performance, starling murmuration, migration parade, bird migration conference, fungi fairy-ring ritual, purple emperor butterfly ritual, fox choir performance, snowdrop ritual, woodcock dating ritual, woodpecker drumming performance, glow worm ritual, moth ball, deaths head hawk moth ritual. Utrecht, Netherlands


Questioning the Dead, Performance, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol, UK

Marcus Coates, You Might As Well Ask A Crow, Workplace Gallery, London, UK


Marcus Coates, Kate MacGarry, London, UK

Marcus Coates, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Dawn Chorus, Fabrica, Brighton, UK


The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line, Lovelock Commission with Cape Farewell, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK

Unblocking Services, Performance, The Nuisance of Landscape: Grizedale – The Sequel, Abbotthall, Kendal, UK


185x49x29cm, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK


Proxy, Kate MacGarry, London, UK

Marcus Coates, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Dawn Chorus, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK

Follow The Voice, Canary Wharf, Screen, London, UK

Vision Quest: a ritual for Elephant & Castle, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, London, UK

Stories from the Lower World, South Alberta Art Gallery, Canada

Marcus Coates, eva International Biennial of Visual Art, Limerick City, Ireland


The Trip, Serpentine Gallery – Artists Studio, London, UK


Questions & Answers, Kate MacGarry, London, UK

Dawn Chorus, ESPAI 13/Fundació Joan Miró. Barcelona, Spain

Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery, UK


Marcus Coates, Performances, Kunsthalle Zurich, Parallel Space, Switzerland

Marcus Coates, Performance, Mori Art Museum, Academy Hills, Tokyo, Japan

A Ritual for Elephant & Castle (with Chrome Hoof), Performance, Coronet Theatre, London, UK

Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle Zurich, Parallel Space, Switzerland

Marcus Coates, Tomio Koyama Gallery,Tokyo, Japan

The Plover’s Wing, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Marcus Coates, NOMA, New Orleans Museum of Art, USA

Marcus Coates, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK

Follow the Voice, Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury, UK


Marcus Coates, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Dawn Chorus, Venice Biennale, Italy

Dawn Chorus, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

Dawn Chorus, Picture This, Bristol, UK

Cycle Parking and Prostitution, Rekord Gallery, Oslo, Norway


Journey to the Lower World, Café Gallery Projects, London, UK


Unbecoming, The Gymnasium, Berwick upon Tweed, UK

Awards/Short Lists

2013, Trafalgar Square, London 4th Plinth, shortlist

2013, Winner of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Create Art Award

2013 Jarman Award, shortlist

2009, Winner, Diawa Foundation Art Prize

2008, Paul Hamlyn Visual Artist Award

1993, New Contemporaries Prize, Winner

Solo Publications

2018, Degreecoordinates, Shared traits of the Hominini, by Marcus Coates and Volker Sommer
500 pages
Designed by Modern Activity
Published by Turner Contemporary, UK

2016, Marcus Coates, works from 1994–2014
Author(s), Marcus Coates, Beatrix Ruf, Valerie Smith, Anthony Spira, Shepherd Steiner
Co-Published by Kunsthalle Zurich, Milton Keynes Gallery and Koenig
Designed by Fraser Muggeridge Studio
ISBN 9783863359355

2014, 2020, A Practical Guide to Unconscious Reasoning
Co-Published by Bookworks and Create
Designed by Modern Activity
ISBN: 978 1 90601 261 8

2011, The Trip
Published by Serpentine Gallery/Koenig Books
ISBN 978-3-86560-985-4

2007, Marcus Coates – In Profile
DVD, Published by Picture This, essay by Max Andrews
ISBN 978-0-9539872-9-0

2005, Journey to the Lower World
Published by Platform Projects, Essays by Mark Wallinger, Alec Finlay and JJ Charlesworth
ISBN 0 9546831 6 1

2002, Marcus Coates
Published by Grizedale Books, Designed by Tomato, Essay by Tracey Warr
ISBN 0 95254550 6 3


2017, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada

2016–17, Psychosis Unit, South Maudsley Hospital, London, UK

2012, The Gushul Studio, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Canada

2010, St. John’s Hospice, London in association with Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

2009, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan

2008, Calouste Gulbenkian Trust and Galapagos Conservatiion Trust Artist Residency, Galapagos, Ecuador

2006, Seven Samurai, Grizedale in Toge and Tokyo, Japan

2006, Liverpool Biennial, Stavanger, Norway

2003, Further up in the Air, Liverpool, UK

2002, Berwick Gymnasium, Berwick upon Tweed, UK

2002, Wysing Arts, Cambridgeshire, UK

2001, Allenheads Centre for Contemporary Art, Allenheads, Northumberland, UK

1999, Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, UK

1993, Orchard Gallery, Derry, N. Ireland, UK

Group Exhibitions/Performances


Nature Calendar, Les Extatiques, La Défense, Paris

TWENTY, Kate MacGarry at No. 9 Cork Street, London, UK

Notes on Protesting, Kate MacGarry, London, UK

Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

The Art-Nature Laboratory or The Mushrooming Cabinet of Wonders, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

Kaleidoscope, Workplace Gallery, London, UK


The World is in You, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Aux Frontières de L’Humain, Musée de l’Homme, Paris, France

Planet Love.Climate Care in the Digital Age, Vienna Biennale for Change, Austria

Joseph Beuys and the Shamans, Museum Schloss Moyland, Germany

EKO 8, International Triennial of Art and Environment / A Letter to the Future, UGM Maribor Art Gallery, Slovenia

Our Time, Estuary Festival 2021: Gravesend, Dartford, Herne Bay, Margate, Rochester and Faversham, Kent, UK


Hippo Campus: Where we Learn, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, UK

Transmission, Workplace gallery, Gateshead


The Extended Mind, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Animalesque, BALTIC centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

24:7: A Wake-up call for our non-stop world, Somerset House, London, UK

Out of Place, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle

Creatures Made to Measure, Design Museum, Ghent


Wildnis, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany

Good Grief Charlie Brown, Somerset House, London

The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK

And Breathe..., Manchester City Art Gallery, UK

Animals and Us, Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, UK

Creatures Made to Measure – Animals and Contemporary Design, Marta Herford, Germany

Ask the Birds, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Ask the Apes, Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate, UK

Ask the Ash, Whitstable Biennale, UK

Ask the Sea, Tate Gallery St. Ives, UK


Ask the Wood, South London Botanical Institute, UK

We are not Alone, British Council Collection, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics, IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Animal Mirror, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York

Modern Visionaries, Laing Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

I Want I Want, Arts Council Collection, Birmingham City Gallery and Museum, UK


A Fair Land, Grizedale Arts at IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

This is a Voice, Wellcome Collection, London, UK

Making Nature, Wellcome Collection, London, UK


Station to Station, Curated by Doug Aitken, Barbican, London, UK

Ape Culture, HKW, Berlin

Angels and Doppelgaengers, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria

Diamonds always come in small packages, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Switzerland

Beastly / Tierisch, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

Höhenrausch 2015 – The Secret of the Birds, OK Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ, Linz, Austria

Terrapolis, École Française d’Athènes, Athens


Ghost Nature, College of Architecture and the Arts, University , Chicago, USA

Straight to Camera: Performance for Film, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK

Arche Noah – Über Tier und Mensch in der Kunst, Museum Ostwall im Dortmunder U, Dortmund, Germany

The Nuisance of Landscape: Grizedale – The Sequel, Abbotthall, Kendal, UK

Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Tokyo Station Gallery, Kochi - The Museum of Art, Itami City Museum of Art, Japan


4th Plinth, Trafalgar Sq, Shortlist Exhibition, St. Martins-in-the-Fields, London, UK

Vocal Folds, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

Super 8, MAM, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dawn Chorus, Todawa Art Festival, Japan

Galápagos, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon, Portugal

Between the Late and Early, Royal Scottish Academy RSA, Edinburgh, UK

Three Years at Sea, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Anchorhold – Meetings with Marcus Coates, Performance, Hai arts and Grizedale Arts, Island of Hailuoto, Finland

School of Imagination, film screening, Barbican, London, UK


Uncanny Journey, Archiv trifft Gegenwart – Dienstgebäude, Zurich, Switzerland

The Gathering, Yukiko Kawase Gallery, Paris, France

SUPER 8, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Jarman Award shortlist, Whitechapel, London, UK

Now I Gotta Reason, Grizedale Arts at Jerwood Space, London, UK

Galapagos, Bluecoat, Liverpool. Fruitmarket, Edinbugh, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon, Portugal

Hors Piste, Pompidou, Paris, France

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK


3rd Athens Biennale 2011, MONODROME, Greece

Super 8, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

The Edge of Reason, KINOKINO Centre for Art and Film, Sandnes, Norway

Synthetic Ritual, Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont, USA

29th Biennial of Graphic Arts – Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia 

Siobhan Davies Commissions, Bargehouse, London, UK

Double, Double, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

ROTATE, Contemporary Art Society & Shortlist Media, London, UK

Ffilm, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK

The Armory Show (with Workplace Gallery), New York, USA

Going where the weather suits my clothes… fall of light on fabric, Mother’s Tank Station, Dublin, Ireland

Self Portrait as Worcestershire, Movement Gallery, Worcester, UK

The Animal Gaze, Sheffield Institute of Arts gallery, Sheffield, UK

FFILM 3, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, UK


From Past to Present, Migration, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Adaptation, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

Europes, Contemporary Culture Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Steps into the Arcane, Kartause Ittingen, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Switzerland

The Perfect Exhibition, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany

Artist's Body, Coreana Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Grand National – Art from Britain, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway

From Ritual to Theatre, Ancient & Modern, London, UK

Recent Acquisitions, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Biennial, UK

Decalogue: Films You Can Count on Two Hands, Winkleman Gallery, New York, USA

17th Biennale of Sydney. THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Australia

Art Star 4 Video Art Biennial, Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada


Exposition of Mythology – Electric Technology, Nam June Paik Art Centre, Seoul, South Korea

Altermodern, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, UK

Lisson Presents 2, Lisson Gallery, London, UK

Trying to Cope with Things that aren’t Human, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco, USA

Living Together, Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain and MARCO, Spain

Ventriloquist, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK

Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, Japan House, London, UK

A Duck for Mr Darwin, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden, NGBK Berlin, Germany

All Creatures Great And Small, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

Human Report, TV Broadcast, Channel 9 TV, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Drawing Biennal, The Drawing Room, London, UK


Manifesta7, Trento, Italy

VideoZone, Israeli Video Art Biennial, CCA, Tel Aviv, Israel

This Wild Melody, Performance, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

Spirit Caravan, Performance, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Hamsterwheel, Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden

Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

Harry Smith Anthology Remixed, CCA, Glasgow, UK

Experimental Marathon, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland

Micro-narratives: tentation des petites réalités, Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, France

Trust in Me, Charles H.Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Goggle på jorden, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden

The Brotherhood of Subterranea, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg, Germany

Grounded (Now Hear This), AV Festival, Middlesbrough, UK

All my favourite singers couldn’t sing, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

A Lower World, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, Canada

Pastoral Spirit, Performance, Wallspace, All Hallows Church, London, UK

Tomorrow the Future, (curated by Workplace) Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, UK


A Heligoland for Souls – Experiment Marathon, Performance, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

HaPazura, Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israel

Dawn Chorus, Performance, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

100 Ways to Change the World, Performance, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Pub Shaman, Performance, The Event, The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham, UK

Solo Screening, Artesmundi, Cardiff, UK

Persona Non Grata, One in the Other, London, UK

Micro-Narratives, 48th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia

Hamsterwheel, Arsenale – Biennale di Venezia 2007, Venice, Italy

Dark Mirror, Netherlands Inatitute for Media Arts – Montevideo, Amsterdam, Netherlands

False Witness, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Extend your Neck, Café Gallery Projects, London, UK

Metteurs en Scène, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Return of the Seven Samurai, Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland

Nature Revisited, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway

Waterlog, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich & The Collection, Lincoln, UK


Kamikuchi, Performance, Grizedale Arts, Ikebukuru Tokyo, Japan

Grizedale Arts, Performance, Super Deluxe, Tokyo, Japan

The Mouth of God, Performance, Grizedale Arts, A-Foundation, Liverpool Biennial 06, UK

In Conversation with Mark Wallinger, ICA, London, UK

Emotional Man, CACT Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Switzerland

The Nature of Misunderstanding, CACT Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Switzerland

AWOL, Bucharest Biennial, Romania

Seven Samurai, Toge, Japan

Sinking Toward Wishy Mountain, The Royal Standard, Liverpool Biennial 06, UK

Radio Shaman, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway

Action, FRAC-Provence-Alpes-Cote-D’Azur, Marseille, France

Where the Wild Things Are, DCA, Dundee, UK

The Scarecrow, The Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas Foundation, Metsovo, Greece

Marcus Coates, Market Gallery, Glasgow International, UK

Forsbacka Bruk Art Project, Forsbacka, Sweden

God is a Gallery, Gallery Galuzin, Oslo, Norway


British Art Show 6, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art & Touring, UK

Solo Screening, Marcus Coates' Films 99-2005, Side Cinema, Newcastle, UK

Hilchot Shechenim, Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israel

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 05, Berwick upon Tweed, UK

Clerkenwell Film Festival, Various Venues, London, UK

Human Nature, Pump House Gallery, Battersea, London, UK

Faltering Flame, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK


Shrinking Cities, Kunstwerke Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Disguise, Manchester City Art Gallery, UK

The Bigger Picture, BBC Outdoor Public Screen, Manchester City Centre, UK

Simulation Summit, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada

Only a Game, Impressions Gallery, York, UK


Panic Picturesque, CCA, Glasgow, UK

The Human Zoo, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, UK

Mother Nature, Vilma Gold, London, UK

Further Up In the Air, Shiel Park Housing Block, Liverpool, UK

Commotion, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK

The Space Between Us, Vane, Newcastle, UK

Flock, Spacex, Exeter, UK


Out of Season, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

 “Here...” (Videorom), Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo, Italy

Videorom, MACRO, Museo Arte Contemporenea, Rome, Gian Carlo Zanutti Gallery, Milan, Italy

Flock, Wysing Arts, Cambs, UK

Local Birds, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland, UK


Videorom, Valencia Biennial, Spain

Dawn Chorus, Channel 4, UK

OX1, Oscillations and Vibrations, Performance and Sound Festival, Oxford, UK

A Public Auction of Private Works, Kimbolton Castle, Cambs, UK

Chiffchaff, Performance, Compton Verney, The Bandstand, Leamington Spa and Herbert Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK

GB3CV, Compton Verney, Warks, UK


The Oriel Mostyn Open, Llandudno, UK

The Grizedale Show, Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, UK


Evidence of Existence, Kunstraum Siegert, Basel

Good Crop Bad Crop, Grizedale Arts, Cumbria, UK


New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, UK