Selected Works

Marcus Coates, The Sounds of Others, A Biophonic Line, 2014, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Marcus Coates & Henry Montes, A Question of Movement, 2011, single channel video, 34.37 mins (still)
Marcus Coates, Ritual for Reconciliation: Kestrel (Falco Tinnunculus) England, 2013, pigment on Hahnemuhle 100% α-cellulose, laid finished rice paper, 60 x 48 x 9 cm (framed)
Marcus Coates, Ritual for Reconciliation: Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus Subcristatus) Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, 2013, pigment on Hahnemuhle 100% α-cellulose, laid finished rice paper, 60 x 48 x 9 cm (framed)
Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus, 2007, 14 Channel HD Video Installation, 18 mins
Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus, installation view at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 2007
Marcus Coates, The Trip, 2010, single-channel video, 34.28 mins
Marcus Coates, The Plover's Wing - A meeting with the Mayor of Holon, Israel, 2008, Blu-ray HD Video, 22 mins
Marcus Coates, The Seraphim Lobophora halterata (Hufnagel,1767), 2010, silver gelatin print, 31 x 25 cm
Marcus Coates, The Drinker Euthrix, 2010, silver gelatin print, 31 x 25 cm
Marcus Coates, installation view, Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery, 2010
Marcus Coates, Shamanic costume, for consultation in Stavanger, Norway, 2006, suit (1940’s), dance rattles, brogues, red deer, 250 x 60 x 70 cm
Marcus Coates, Tools for the Spirit World: Anti-Bribery Necklace, 2010, pigment print, 44 x 52 cm (framed)
Marcus Coates, Tools for the Spirit World: Compound Lenses, 2010, pigment print, 52 x 44 cm (framed)
Marcus Coates, Crucifixes for Various, 2000, lolly sticks, elastic bands, paperclips, 64 x 154 cm
Marcus Coates, Questions and Answers: When will my success come?, 2008, pen on flip chart paper, 75 x 58.2 cm
Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 2007
Marcus Coates, Journey to the Lower World, (Linosa Close), 2004, archival inkjet print, 115 x 115 cm
Marcus Cotes, Journey to the Lower World (Beryl), 2004, archival inkjet print, 115 x 115 cm
Marcus Coates, Journey to The Lower World (Coot), 2004, archival inkjet print, 115 x 163 cm
Marcus Coates, Self Portrait (Natural), 1998, C-type print, 100 x 75 cm
Marcus Coates, Finfolk, 2003, single channel video, 7.38 min
Marcus Coates, A Guide To British Non-Passerines, 2001, single screen video, duration: 32.56 mins
Marcus Coates, Red Fox (Self Portrait), 1999, archival inkjet print
Marcus Coates, Galapagos Fashion, 2008, archival inkjet print, 63.9 x 76.9 cm




Marcus Coates, Kate MacGarry, London

Marcus Coates, Station to Station at The Barbican Centre, London

Marcus Coates, Workplace, Gateshead, UK


The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, UK

Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant and Castle, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead


Unconcious Reasoning Winner of the Bank of America Merill Lynch

Create London Artist Commission, Barbican, London

Anchorhold – Meetings with Marcus Coates, Hai arts, Island of Hailuoto, Finalnd

Create London, Artist Commission, Barbican, London

185x49x29cm. Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Follow the Voice, City in the City, Canary Wharf Screen, Art on the Underground, London.


Proxy, Kate MacGarry, London, UK 

Marcus Coates, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Dawn Chorus, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, UK

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

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

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

Eva International
 Biennial of Visual Art, Limerick City, Ireland


Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care, a project for the Process Room at the Serpentine Gallery, London

The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, London


Implicit Sound, ESPAI 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

Questions & Answers, Kate MacGarry

Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall (performance)

Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery


Marcus Coates, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (in conjunction with Daiwa Foundation Art Prize)

Marcus Coates, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (performance)

Follow the Voice, Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury. UK

Vision Quest (with Chrome Hoof) (performance), Coronet Theatre, London

Marcus Coates, NOMA New Orleans Museum of Art

Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle Zurich – Parallel Space (exhibition and performance)

Marcus Coates, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK

The Plover’s Wing, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead


This Wild Melody (performance), Barbican Art Gallery, London

Spirit Caravan (performance), Hayward Gallery, London

Pastoral Spirit (performance), Wallspace, All Hallows Church, London

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


Marcus Coates, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Dawn Chorus (screening), 52nd Venice Biennale

Dawn Chorus, Picture This, Bristol and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Cycle Parking and Prostitution, Rekord Gallery, Oslo

A Heligoland for Souls (performance), Experiment Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London

HaPazura (exhibition and performance), Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israel

Dawn Chorus (performance), Arnolfini, Bristol

100 Ways to Change the World (performance), Hayward Gallery, London

Pub Shaman – The Event (performance), The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham

Solo screening, Artes Mundi, Cardiff


Kamikuchi (performance), Grizedale Arts, Ikebukuru, Tokyo

Performance, Grizedale Arts, Super Deluxe, Tokyo

The Mouth of God (performance), Grizedale Arts, A-Foundation, Liverpool Biennial 06,

Solo Screening – in Conversation with Mark Wallinger, ICA, London

Marcus Coates – Glasgow International, Market Gallery, Glasgow


Marcus Coates’ Films 99-2005 – Solo Screening, Side Cinema, Newcastle


Journey to the Lower World, Café Gallery Projects, London


Unbecoming, The Gymnasium, Berwick upon Tweed, UK


Chiffchaff (performance), Compton Verney, The Bandstand, Leamington Spa and Herbert Gallery and Museum, Coventry



THIS IS A VOICE, Wellcome Collection, London


Beastly, Photomuseum Winterthur, Basel, Switzerland

British Council Touring Exhibition, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan


Disappearing Nature, 8 Duke Street, St James’, London

Ghost Nature, Gallery 300, University of Illinois, Chicago

Projections Animaliè, La Box, École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges 


Synthetic Ritual, Pitzer Art galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, California


Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

New acquisitions at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

From Ritual to Theatre, Ancient & Modern, London

Adaptation, The Power Plant, Toronto

The Perfect Exhibition, Heidelberger Kunstverein

The Beauty of Distance – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney

Artist’s Body, Coreana Museum, Seoul

Grand National – Art from Britain, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway


Exposition of Mythology – Electronic Technology, Nam June Paik Art Centre, Seoul

Altermodern, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain

Lisson Presents 2, Lisson Gallery, London

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

Living Together, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Ventriloquist, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

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

Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden, NGBK Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin

ART futures, Bloomberg Space, London

The Animal Gaze, Centre for Contemporary Art and The Natural World, Exeter


Tomorrow the Future, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton

Manifesta 7 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trento, Italy

Videozone – Israeli Video Art Biennial, CCA, Tel Aviv

All My Favourite Singers Couldn’t Sing, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London

Hamsterwheel, Malmo Konsthall, Malmo

Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London

Harry Smith Anthology Remixed, CCA, Glasgow

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

Goggle på jorden, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm

The Brotherhood of Subterranea, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg, Germany

Grounded (Now Hear This), AV Festival, Middlesborugh

A Lower World, Pleasure Dome, Toronto


HaPazura, Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israel

Persona Non Grata, One in the Other, London

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

Hamsterwheel, 52nd Venice Biennale, Corderie dell’Arsenale, Venice

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

False Witness, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead

Extend your Neck, Café Gallery Projects, London

Metteurs en Scène, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

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

Nature Revisited, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Norway

Waterlog, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich and The Collection, Lincoln


Emotional Man, CACT Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland

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

Absent Without Leave, Bucharest Biennial, Romania

Seven Samurai, Toge, Japan

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

Radio Shaman, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway

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

Where the Wild Things Are, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland

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

Forsbacka Bruk Art Project, Forsbacka, Sweden

God is a Gallery, Gallery Galuzin, Oslo


British Art Show 6, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, and touring the 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

Human Nature, Pump House Gallery, London

Faltering Flame, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield


Shrinking Cities, Kunstwerke, Berlin

Disguise, Manchester City Art Gallery

The Bigger Picture, BBC Outdoor Public Screen, Manchester

Simulation Summit, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Only a Game, Impressions Gallery, York, UK


Panic Picturesque, CCA, Glasgow

The Human Zoo, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University

Mother Nature, Vilma Gold, London

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

Commotion, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

The Space Between Us, Vane, Newcastle

Flock, Spacex, Exeter, UK


Out of Season, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

“Here…” (Videorom), GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy

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

Flock, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge

Local Birds, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland, UK


Videorom, 1st Bienal de Valencia, Spain

Dawn Chorus, Channel 4

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

A Public Auction of Private Works, Kimbolton Castle, Cambridge

GB3CV, Compton Verney, Warwick, UK


The Oriel Mostyn Open, Llandudno, Wales, UK

The Grizedale Show, Grizedale, Cumbria, UK


Evidence of Existence, Kunstraum Siegert, Basel, Switzerland

Good Crop Bad Crop, Grizedale, Cumbria, UK


BT New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester


1990-93 Post Graduate Diploma, Royal Academy of Art

1987–90 BA Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art and Design


Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, 2009

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists, 2008


Coates, Marcus; Peyton-Jones, Julia; Obrist, Hans Ulrich; Marcus Coates: The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, London, Koenig Books, 2011

Andrews, Max, Marcus Coates: In Profile, Picture This, Bristol, 2007

Wallinger, Mark; Finlay, Alec; Charlesworth, JJ; Journey to the Lower World, Platform Projects, 2003

Warr, Tracey, Marcus Coates, Grizedale Books, 2002


Bourriaud, Nicolas, Altermodern – Tate Triennial (exhibition catalogue), Tate Publishing, 2009

Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden, NGBK Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, 2009

Pearson, Harry; Arends, Bergit; Hilty, Greg; A Duck for Mr. Darwin Evolutionary Thinking and the Struggle to Exist (exhibition catalogue), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, 2009

Manifesta 7 (exhibition catalogue), Silvana Editoriale, 2008

Manacorda, Francesco; Yee, Lydia; McCarthy, Tom; Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art (exhibition catalogue), Barbican/ Merrel, 2008

Kataoka, Mami; Critchley, Simon; Laughing in a Foreign Language (exhibition catalogue), Hayward Publishing, 2008

Waterlog, Journeys Around an Exhibition, Video & Film Umbrella, 2007

The Scarecrow (exhibition catalogue), The Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas Foundation, Metsovo, Greece, 2006

Absent Without Leave – Bucharest Biennial, (exhibition catalogue), META Publishing Bucharest, 2006

Farquharson, Alex; Schlieker, Andrea; British Art Show 6 (exhibition catalogue), Cornerhouse Publlications, 2005

Neville, Gabie, Furthermore, A Book of Proposals, Cornerhose Publications, 2004

Disguise (exhibition catalogue), Manchester City Galleries, 2004

Further up in the Air (exhibition catalogue), published by Further A Field, 2003

The Space Between Us (exhibition catalogue), Vane Productions Ltd., 2003

Here and Now, Photo North, 2003

The Human Zoo (exhibition catalogue), Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, 2003

The 1st Valencia Biennial, (exhibition catalogue), Charta, 2001

BT New Contemporaries (exhibition catalogue), Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, 1993



Hall, Duncan, “Marcus Coates: Dawn Chorus”, The Argus, 3 April 2015


Allsop, Laura, “The Sounds of Others by Marcus Coates”, AnOther Magazine, 18 November 2014


Higgins, Charlotte, “London’s fourth plinth:the artists fighting the latest battle of Trafalgar,” The Guardian, 25 September 2013

Clark, Nick, “Battle of Trafalgar:Contemporary artists submit proposals for Fourth Plinth,” The Independent, 24 September 2013

Jury, Louise, “Who’ll get the Fourth Plinth thumbs up?,” The Evening Standard, 24 September 2013


Januszczak, Waldemar, “It speaks to our inner geek,” The Sunday Times, 11 March 2012,

“Marcus Coates,” Portfolio, 2012


Luke, Ben, “Travels of the Mind,” Evening Standard, 1 March 2011


Dormant, Richard, “If we could talk to the animals,” The Telegraph, 1 February 2010


Olivares, Rosa, “Tell me a tale,” Exit Express, May 2009

Collings, Matthew, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Bottom,” Modern Painters, 14 May 2009,

Coates, Marcus, “At One with Nature,” Esquire Magazine, April 2009, 170-172

Lightman, Sarah, “Why did a British artist meet an Israeli mayor wearing a stuffed animal? Sarah Lightman posed the question,” The Jewish Chronicle, 27 March 2009, 42

Coghlan, Niamh, “The End of Postmodernism:Tate Triennial,” Aesthetica Magazine, March 2009, 32-37

“Marcus Coates,” Building Design, February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” Inside Art, February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” The Art Newspaper, February 2009

“Altermodern:Tate Triennial 2009,” ArtRabbit, February 2009  

“Marcus Coates,” Time Out London, February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” Les Inrockuptibles, February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” The Observer, February 2009, 4

Helfand, Glen, “Trying to cope with things that aren’t human (Part One),” ArtForum, February 2009 

“Go See:Tate Triennial ‘Altermodern’ at the Tate Modern, London, through April 26, 2009,” Art Observed, 6 February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” Metro, February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” Culture, February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” The Daily Telegraph, February 2009

Campbell-Johnston, Rachel, “Altermodern:Tate Triennial 2009 at Tate Britain,” The Times, 3 February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” The Sunday Telegraph, February 2009

“Marcus Coates,” Arte Focus, February 2009

“Marcus Coates,”, January 2009


“Becoming Animal,” Garageland Magazine 2008, 56

“Marcus Coates,” Studio Magazine, Israel

Rudd, Amy, “All My Favorite Singers Couldn’t Sing,” Metro, 11 September 2008


“Exhibitions, Pick of the week: Whitechapel Art Gallery,” Guardian Guide, 14 July 2007

Miano, Sarah Emily, “The Traveller,” The Guardian, 2 February 2007

Aloi, Giovanni, “In Conversation with Marcus Coates,” Deleuzian, Antennae, Issue 4, Winter 2007, 31-34

“Marcus Coates,” Time Out, 26 June 2007

Focus: Marcus Coates, Jonathan Griffin, frieze, Issue 108, June – August

Sherwin, Skye, “The Sublime and the Ridiculous,” ArtReview, 2007

Groskop, Viv, “Chirps with everything,” The Guardian, 25 January 2007


“British Art Show 6,” Sunday Herald, 2 October 2006

Dickson, Malcolm, “Journey to the Lower World,” Map, Issue 5, 2006

Mulholland, Neil, “British Art Show 6,” Flash Art, Vol XXXIX No. 246, January – February 2006

Horsey, Len, “Journey to the Lower World,” Flux, #52, January – February 2006


Field, Marcus, “There’s Antlers in my Pantry,” Independent on Sunday, 2 October 2005

Searle, Adrian, “State of the Art,” The Guardian, 27 September 2005

James, Sarah, “British Art Show 6,” Art Monthly, 11 May 2005

McLaren, Duncan, “British Art Show 6,” Map, Issue 4, 2005


Geldard, Rebecca, “Journey to the Lower World,” Time Out, 5 – 12 May 2004

“Amazing Sight,” Boiler Magazine, Issue 04 We are Animals, 2004, 102 – 3


Usherwood, Paul, “Marcus Coates,” Art Monthly No.267, June 2003, 267


Clark, Robert, “Marcus Coates,” The Guardian Guide, 29 June – 5 July, 2002

Sherwin, Skye, “My Life as a Dog,” Dazed & Confused, May 2002, 60


Grizedale in Tokyo, Japan, 2006

Liverpool Biennial, Stavanger, Norway, 2006

Further up in the Air, Liverpool, 2003

Berwick Gymnasium, Berwick upon Tweed, UK, 2002

Wysing Arts, Cambridgeshire, UK, 2002

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

Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, UK, 1999

Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland, 1993


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