Selected Works

Marcus Coates,Extinct Animals Group of 16 casts, plaster, Talbot Rice Gallery, 2019
Marcus Coates, Syrian Elephant, 2018, plaster, 35 x 28 x 25 cm
Marcus Coates, Moa, 2018, plaster, 67 x 25 x 28 cm
Marcus Coates, Common Sandpiper, 2019, gouache on watercolour paper, 48 x 65.5 cm (framed)
Marcus Coates, Common Frog, 2019, gouache on watercolour paper, 48 x 65.5 cm
Marcus Coates, Self Portrait as Time, 2016, digital video (no sound), 12 hour loop
Marcus Coates, Recital, 2016, digital video and sound, 9.50 minutes
Marcus Coates, The Sounds of Others, A Biophonic Line, 2014, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
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, 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, installation view, Kate MacGarry, 2012
Marcus Coates, Self-Portrait Underground (Worcestershire), 1998, silver gelatin print, wood tray frame, 168 x 122 cm
Marcus Coates, The Albatross Species, 2012, 22 stacked standard size scaffold boards, 360 x 82 x 22 cm
Marcus Coates, Crucifixes for Various, 2000, lolly sticks, elastic bands, paperclips, 64 x 154 cm
Marcus Coates, Platonic Spirit: Running Grey Wolf, 2012, MDF, paint, 204 x 98 x 33 cm
Marcus Coates, British Moths, 2011, silver gelatin prints, 31 x 25 cm
Marcus Coates, Self Portrait (Natural), 1998, C-type print, 100 x 75 cm
Marcus Coates, A Question of Movement, 2011, single channel video, 34.37 mins
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, Human Report, 2008, pigment print, 76.9 x 63.8 cm
Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus, installation view at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 2007
Marcus Coates, Dawn Chorus, 2007, 14 Channel HD Video Installation, 18 mins
Marcus Coates, Journey to The Lower World (Coot), 2004, archival inkjet print, 115 x 163 cm
Marcus Coates, Journey to the Lower World, 2004, performance, digital video, 28:13 min
Marcus Coates, Finfolk, 2003, single channel video, 7.38 min
Marcus Coates, Red Fox (Self Portrait), 1999, archival inkjet print
Marcus Coates, A Guide To British Non-Passerines, 2001, single screen video, duration: 32.56 mins
Marcus Coates, Stoat, 1999, single-channel video, 1 min 53 seconds



Born 1968 in London, lives and works in London
2019 Near-Life Experience, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
2018 The Last of Its Kind, Workplace Gallery, London, UK
Ask the Birds, event, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
The Sounds of Others, Innsbruck Biennale, Austria
2017 Functional Improvisation, Performance,Marcus Coates and Terry Day, William Morris Gallery, London, UK
Ask the Wood, Performance event, South London Botanical Society/Feral Practice, London, UK
Marcus Coates: Sound Reasoning, Mining Institute, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2016 You Might As Well Ask A Crow, Workplace Gallery, UK
Questioning the Dead Performance, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol, UK
Arrivals/Departures – Nature Calendar, Utrecht Centraal Train Station, NL
Arrivals/Departures, 16 performances across 12 months, Utrecht, NL
2015 Marcus Coates, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
Station to Station, The Barbican Centre, London, UK
Marcus Coates, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
Dawn Chorus, Fabrica, Brighton, UK
2014 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, London, UK
2013 Unconcious Reasoning Winner of the Bank of America Merill Lynch
Create London Artist Commission, Barbican, London, UK
Anchorhold – Meetings with Marcus Coates, Hai arts, Island of Hailuoto, Finalnd
Create London, Artist Commission, Barbican, London, UK
185x49x29cm. Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
Follow the Voice, City in the City, Canary Wharf Screen, Art on the Underground, London, UK
2012 Proxy, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
Marcus Coates, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
Dawn Chorus, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 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, Alberta, Canada
Eva International
 Biennial of Visual Art, Limerick City, Ireland
2011 Skills Exchange: Urban Transformation and the Politics of Care, a project for the Process Room at the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
2010 Implicit Sound, ESPAI 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Questions & Answers, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall (performance), UK
Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
2009 Marcus Coates, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (in conjunction with Daiwa Foundation Art Prize), Japan
Marcus Coates, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (performance), Japan
Follow the Voice, Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury, UK
Vision Quest (with Chrome Hoof) (performance), Coronet Theatre, London, UK
Marcus Coates, NOMA New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA
Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle Zurich – Parallel Space (exhibition and performance), Zurich, Switzerland
Marcus Coates, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK
The Plover’s Wing, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
2008 This Wild Melody (performance), Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Spirit Caravan (performance), Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Pastoral Spirit (performance), Wallspace, All Hallows Church, London, UK
Human Report (TV Broadcast), Channel 9 TV, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
2007 Marcus Coates, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Dawn Chorus (screening), 52nd Venice Biennale, Italy
Dawn Chorus, Picture This, Bristol and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Cycle Parking and Prostitution, Rekord Gallery, Oslo, Norway
A Heligoland for Souls (performance), Experiment Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
HaPazura (exhibition and performance), 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 – The Event (performance), The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham, UK
Solo screening, Artes Mundi, Cardiff, UK
2006 Kamikuchi (performance), Grizedale Arts, Ikebukuru, Tokyo, Japan
Performance, Grizedale Arts, Super Deluxe, Tokyo, Japan
The Mouth of God (performance), Grizedale Arts, A-Foundation, Liverpool Biennial 06, UK
Solo Screening – in Conversation with Mark Wallinger, ICA, London, UK
Marcus Coates – Glasgow International, Market Gallery, Glasgow, UK
2005 Marcus Coates’ Films 99-2005 – Solo Screening, Side Cinema, Newcastle, UK
2004 Journey to the Lower World, Café Gallery Projects, London, UK
2003 Unbecoming, The Gymnasium, Berwick upon Tweed, UK
2001 Chiffchaff (performance), Compton Verney, The Bandstand, Leamington Spa and Herbert Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK
2020 Hippo Campus: Where we Learn, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, UK
2019 The Extended Mind, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2019 Animalesque, BALTIC centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
24:7: A Wake-up call for our non-stop world, Somerset House, London, UK
2018 Wilderness, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN!, Somerset House, London, UK
The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK
2017 FIFTEEN, Kate MacGarry, London, 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, Republic of Ireland
Animal Mirror, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, USA
Modern Visionaries, Laing Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
I Want I Want, Arts Council Collection, Birmingham City Gallery and Museum, UK
2016 THIS IS A VOICE, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
Making Nature, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
A Fair Land, Grizedale Arts at IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
2015 Beastly, Photomuseum Winterthur, Basel, Switzerland
British Council Touring Exhibition, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
Station to Station, Curated by Doug Aitken, Barbican, London, UK
Ape Culture, HKW, Berlin
Diamonds always come in small packages, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Switzerland
Terrapolis, Frecnh School at Athens, Athens, Greece
2014 Disappearing Nature, 8 Duke Street, St James’, London, UK
Ghost Nature, Gallery 300, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Projections Animaliè, La Box, École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges, Bourges, France
2011 Synthetic Ritual, Pitzer Art galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, California, USA
2010 Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
New acquisitions at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
From Ritual to Theatre, Ancient & Modern, London, UK
Adaptation, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
The Perfect Exhibition, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
The Beauty of Distance – Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
Artist’s Body, Coreana Museum, Seoul
Grand National – Art from Britain, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway
2009 Exposition of Mythology – Electronic Technology, Nam June Paik Art Centre, Seoul
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, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Ventriloquist, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
A Duck for Mr. Darwin, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden, NGBK Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
ART futures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
The Animal Gaze, Centre for Contemporary Art and The Natural World, Exeter, UK
2008 Tomorrow the Future, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, UK
Manifesta 7 – European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trento, Italy
Videozone – Israeli Video Art Biennial, CCA, Tel Aviv, Israel
All My Favourite Singers Couldn’t Sing, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, 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, Middlesborugh, UK
A Lower World, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, Canada
2007 HaPazura, Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israel
Persona Non Grata, One in the Other, London, UK
Micro-Narratives, 48th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
Hamsterwheel, 52nd Venice Biennale, Corderie dell’Arsenale, Venice, Italy
Dark Mirror, Netherlands Institute for Media Arts – Montevideo, Amsterdam, The 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 and The Collection, Lincoln, UK
2006 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, Liverpool, UK
Radio Shaman, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway
Action, FRAC-Provence-Alpes-Cote-D’Azur, Marseille, France
Where the Wild Things Are, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK
The Scarecrow, The Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas Foundation, Metsovo, Greece
Forsbacka Bruk Art Project, Forsbacka, Sweden
God is a Gallery, Gallery Galuzin, Oslo, Norway
2005 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, UK
Human Nature, Pump House Gallery, London, UK
Faltering Flame, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2004 Shrinking Cities, Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany
Disguise, Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
The Bigger Picture, BBC Outdoor Public Screen, Manchester, UK
Simulation Summit, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Only a Game, Impressions Gallery, York, UK
2003 Panic Picturesque, CCA, Glasgow, UK
The Human Zoo, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle, 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
2002 Out of Season, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
“Here…” (Videorom), GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy
Videorom, MACRO, Museo d’ Arte Contemporenea, Rome, Gian Carlo Zanutti Gallery, Milan, Italy
Flock, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
Local Birds, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, Northumberland, UK
2001 Videorom, 1st Bienal de Valencia, Spain
Dawn Chorus, Channel 4, UK
OX1, Oscillations and Vibrations, Performance and Sound Festival, Oxford, UK
A Public Auction of Private Works, Kimbolton Castle, Cambridge, UK
GB3CV, Compton Verney, Warwick, UK
2000 The Oriel Mostyn Open, Llandudno, Wales, UK
The Grizedale Show, Grizedale, Cumbria, UK
1999 Evidence of Existence, Kunstraum Siegert, Basel, Switzerland
Good Crop Bad Crop, Grizedale, Cumbria, UK
1993 BT New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, UK
1990-93 Post Graduate Diploma, Royal Academy of Art
1987–90 BA Fine Art, Kent Institute of Art and Design
2009 Daiwa Foundation Art Prize
2008 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists
2011 Coates, Marcus; Peyton-Jones, Julia; Obrist, Hans Ulrich; Marcus Coates: The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, London, Koenig Books
2007 Andrews, Max, Marcus Coates: In Profile, Picture This, Bristol
2003 Wallinger, Mark; Finlay, Alec; Charlesworth, JJ; Journey to the Lower World, Platform Projects
2002 Warr, Tracey, Marcus Coates, Grizedale Books
2009 Bourriaud, Nicolas, Altermodern – Tate Triennial (exhibition catalogue), Tate Publishing
Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden, NGBK Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin
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
2008 Manifesta 7 (exhibition catalogue), Silvana Editoriale
Manacorda, Francesco; Yee, Lydia; McCarthy, Tom; Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art (exhibition catalogue), Barbican/ Merrel
Kataoka, Mami; Critchley, Simon; Laughing in a Foreign Language (exhibition catalogue), Hayward Publishing
2007 Waterlog, Journeys Around an Exhibition, Video & Film Umbrella
2006 The Scarecrow (exhibition catalogue), The Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas Foundation, Metsovo, Greece
Absent Without Leave – Bucharest Biennial, (exhibition catalogue), META Publishing Bucharest
2005 Farquharson, Alex; Schlieker, Andrea; British Art Show 6 (exhibition catalogue), Cornerhouse Publlications
2004 Neville, Gabie, Furthermore, A Book of Proposals, Cornerhose Publications
Disguise (exhibition catalogue), Manchester City Galleries
2003 Further up in the Air (exhibition catalogue), published by Further A Field
The Space Between Us (exhibition catalogue), Vane Productions Ltd.
Here and Now, Photo North
The Human Zoo (exhibition catalogue), Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University
2001 The 1st Valencia Biennial, (exhibition catalogue), Charta
1993 BT New Contemporaries (exhibition catalogue), Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester
2015 Hall, Duncan, “Marcus Coates: Dawn Chorus”, The Argus, 3rd April
2014 Allsop, Laura, “The Sounds of Others by Marcus Coates”, AnOther Magazine, 18th November
2013 Higgins, Charlotte, “London’s fourth plinth:the artists fighting the latest battle of Trafalgar,” The Guardian, 25th September
Clark, Nick, “Battle of Trafalgar:Contemporary artists submit proposals for Fourth Plinth,” The Independent, 24th September
Jury, Louise, “Who’ll get the Fourth Plinth thumbs up?,” The Evening Standard, 24th September
2012 Januszczak, Waldemar, “It speaks to our inner geek,” The Sunday Times, 11th March
“Marcus Coates,” Portfolio
2011 Luke, Ben, “Travels of the Mind,” Evening Standard, 1st March
2010 Dormant, Richard, “If we could talk to the animals,” The Telegraph, 1st February
2009 Olivares, Rosa, “Tell me a tale,” Exit Express, May
Collings, Matthew, “Getting to the Heart of God’s Bottom,” Modern Painters, 14th May
Coates, Marcus, “At One with Nature,” Esquire Magazine, April, 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, 27th March, 42
Coghlan, Niamh, “The End of Postmodernism:Tate Triennial,” Aesthetica Magazine, March, 32-37
“Marcus Coates,” Building Design, February
“Marcus Coates,” Inside Art, February
“Marcus Coates,” The Art Newspaper, February
“Altermodern:Tate Triennial 2009,” ArtRabbit, February
“Marcus Coates,” Time Out London, February
“Marcus Coates,” Les Inrockuptibles, February
“Marcus Coates,” The Observer, February, 4
Helfand, Glen, “Trying to cope with things that aren’t human (Part One),” ArtForum, February
“Go See:Tate Triennial ‘Altermodern’ at the Tate Modern, London, through April 26, 2009,” Art Observed, 6 February
“Marcus Coates,” Metro, February
“Marcus Coates,” Culture, February
“Marcus Coates,” The Daily Telegraph, February
Campbell-Johnston, Rachel, “Altermodern:Tate Triennial 2009 at Tate Britain,” The Times, 3rd February
“Marcus Coates,” The Sunday Telegraph, February
“Marcus Coates,” Arte Focus, February
“Marcus Coates,”, January
2008 “Becoming Animal,” Garageland Magazine, 56
“Marcus Coates,” Studio Magazine, Israel
Rudd, Amy, “All My Favorite Singers Couldn’t Sing,” Metro, 11th September
2007 “Exhibitions, Pick of the week: Whitechapel Art Gallery,” Guardian Guide, 14th July
Miano, Sarah Emily, “The Traveller,” The Guardian, 2nd February
Aloi, Giovanni, “In Conversation with Marcus Coates,” Deleuzian, Antennae, Issue 4, Winter, 31-34
“Marcus Coates,” Time Out, 26th June
Focus: Marcus Coates, Jonathan Griffin, frieze, Issue 108, June – August
Sherwin, Skye, “The Sublime and the Ridiculous,” ArtReview
Groskop, Viv, “Chirps with everything,” The Guardian, 25th January
2006 “British Art Show 6,” Sunday Herald, 2nd October
Dickson, Malcolm, “Journey to the Lower World,” Map, Issue 5
Mulholland, Neil, “British Art Show 6,” Flash Art, Vol XXXIX No. 246, January – February
Horsey, Len, “Journey to the Lower World,” Flux, #52, January – February
2005 Field, Marcus, “There’s Antlers in my Pantry,” Independent on Sunday, 2nd October
Searle, Adrian, “State of the Art,” The Guardian, 27th September
James, Sarah, “British Art Show 6,” Art Monthly, 11th May
McLaren, Duncan, “British Art Show 6,” Map, Issue 4
2004 Geldard, Rebecca, “Journey to the Lower World,” Time Out, 5 – 12 May
“Amazing Sight,” Boiler Magazine, Issue 04 We are Animals, 102 – 3
2003 Usherwood, Paul, “Marcus Coates,” Art Monthly No.267, June, 267
2002 Clark, Robert, “Marcus Coates,” The Guardian Guide, 29th June – 5th July
Sherwin, Skye, “My Life as a Dog,” Dazed & Confused, May, 60
2006 Grizedale in Tokyo, Japan
Liverpool Biennial, Stavanger, Norway
2003 Further up in the Air, Liverpool, UK
2002 Berwick Gymnasium, Berwick upon Tweed, UK
Wysing Arts, Cambridgeshire, UK
2001 Allenheads Centre for Contemporary Art, Allenheads, Northumberland, UK
1999 Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, UK
1993 Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland


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