At the core of Marcus Coates’ work is a relationship to the unknowable.
From his attempts to become animal to his vicarious experiences on behalf of individuals he seeks to uncover degrees of understanding and knowing, testing our definitions and boundaries of autonomy. Coates devises processes to explore the pragmatism and insight that empathetic perspectives and imagined realities can offer, explicitly addressing a need to create functional and inclusive languages where conventional strategies of understanding and rationalisation prove inadequate.
The form and purpose of his work continues to develop in consideration to society’s needs which he responds to by working with individuals, communities, institutions, organisations and the general public. In this way he sees the role of art practice as a necessary and pragmatic service to counter the limitations of cultural tools. Coates has collaborated with people from a wide range of disciplines including anthropologists, ornithologists, wildlife sound recordists, choreographers, politicians, gallerists, curators, psychiatrists, palliative care consultants, musicians, primatologists amongst others.
Marcus Coates was born in London in 1968. He lives and works in London, UK
Exhibitions and performances include: The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2018; Functional Improvisation with percussionist Terry Day, William Morris Museum, 2017; As Above, So Below, IMMA, Dublin, 2017; Ape Culture, HKW Berlin, 2015; The Trip, Serpentine Gallery, London and Implicit Sound, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 2011; Psychopomp, Milton Keynes Gallery, 2010; Marcus Coates, Kunsthalle, Zurich, Switzerland, 2009; Altermodern, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London, 2009.
TRANSMISSION17 Jul - 5 Sep 2020 OnlineWorkplace is pleased to present Transmission, a group exhibition of new and recent work by gallery artists Simeon Barclay, Marcus Coates, Jennifer Douglas, Louise Giovanelli and Laura Lancaster.
This exhibition is presented online inside a detailed virtual rendering of our first gallery space: Workplace, 34 Ellison Street, Gateshead, which opened in 2005 within the British Brutalist masterpiece Trinity Court designed by Rodney Gordon for Owen Luder Partnerships, and which was demolished in 2009. For this exhibition we have relocated the gallery to the coast - in both a nod to the sublime (an echo of Gordon’s vast, elemental architecture) and because the original street outside the gallery was destroyed.
Marcus Coates in: AnimalesqueBALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art 16 Nov 2019 - 19 Apr 2020 Museums & InstitutionsAnimalesque / Art Across Species and Beings brings together an outstanding selection of artworks - film and video, drawing and sculpture, installation and sound art - that invite visitors to rethink the human position in the world, its relationship to all other life forms and to the various complex ecologies that bond beings together.
Marcus Coates in: The Extended MindTalbot Rice Gallery 2 Nov 2019 - 1 Feb 2020 Museums & Institutions'The Extended Mind' proposes that our mind – that is our thoughts, reasoning, perception, imagination, intelligence, emotion and experience – does not just take place in our brains. It also takes place through our bodies and the broader world and enabled by all the tools, technologies, institutions, materials and techniques we might use to orientate our understanding of where we are in the world.
Marcus Coates in: 24/7Somerset House 31 Oct 2019 - 23 Feb 2020 Museums & Institutions24/7 Somerset House Embankment Galleries, South Wing Strand, London, UK An essential exhibition for today, exploring the non-stop nature of modern life through a series of immersive, playful works from some of today’s most exciting global artists. Tracing the origins of our ‘always-on’ culture back to the Industrial Revolution, 24/7...
WildernessSchrin Kunsthalle, Frankfurt 1 Nov 2018 - 3 Feb 2019The search for the last open spaces, the expedition as an artistic medium, and post-human visions of a world devoid of people characterize the works of many contemporary artists alongside the renegotiation of the relationship between individual and beast.
Good Grief, Charlie Brown!Somerset House, London 25 Oct 2018 - 3 Mar 2019GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition will explore Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.
Creatures Made to Measure: Animals and Contemporary DesignMarta, Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design. Herford, Germany 16 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019The designers and artists in this exhibition pose the question as to the “acceptable degree” of manipulation, taking a look at the relationship between humans and animals from new perspectives.
Turner Contemporary : Animals & UsTurner Contemporary, Margate, UK 25 May - 30 Sep 2018Animals & Us is a major exhibition exploring artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals.
Marcus CoatesInnsbruck Biennale, Austria 10 Mar - 25 May 2018In his performances, video and audio works, Marcus Coates makes the world tangible from a non-human perspective. In his The Sounds of Others: A Biophonic Line, the British artist sampled a total of 25 sounds from humans and other animals: Using special software, Coates stretched and compressed the voices of...
Thermal TimeThe Ryder: London, UK 9 Mar - 28 Apr 2018THERMAL TIME: Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Jaime Pitarch, Nicolás Bacal, William Mackrell and Marcus Coates “ [..] That there is a link between time and temperature is an ancient and recurrent idea. If you think about it, all phenomena where we detect the passage of time are co-involved with temperature [..]...
Marcus CoatesThe Last of Its Kind 9 Feb - 14 Apr 2018 LondonWorkplace Gallery is pleased to present The Last of Its Kind a solo exhibition by Marcus Coates at our Mayfair Gallery. Central to the exhibition are two new films produced in association with the Museum of the Flat Earth on Fogo Island in Newfoundland, Canada. Both films act as cornerstones to a new body of work, brought together at the gallery for the first time, that explore our interconnection to other species, our impact upon their continued survival, and our relationship to our own extinction.
The Land We Live In - The Land We Left BehindHauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK 20 Jan - 7 May 2018This ambitious survey exhibition explores the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural. The presentation features over 50 international artists and creatives, as well as works on loan, by artists working from the 1500s to the present day, including Paul McCarthy, Beatrix Potter, Carsten Höller, Laure Prouvost, William Holman Hunt, Samuel Palmer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcus Coates, Fernando García-Dory, Mark Dion, Roni Horn, Aaron Angell and Mark Wallinger.
Marcus Coates: You Might As Well Ask A Crow9 Jun - 29 Jul 2016 LondonWorkplace London is delighted to announce a presentation of Marcus Coates’ new work in the Mayfair gallery. The work draws from Coates’ ongoing investigation into the role of the artist as a mediator and vicarious agent. “Have you brought a question with you? Could you write it down please. I...
Arrivals / DeparturesUtrecht Centraal 28 May 2016 - 30 Apr 2022'Arrivals / Departures' Marcus Coates' commission for Utrecht Centraal train station has been extended by the City Council to 2022 due to Popular Demand. Utrecht Centraal is the largest and busiest railway station in the Netherlands. Arrivals/Departures is a digital calendar located at the entrance to the station. Each day,...
Marcus Coates & Henry Montes: A Question Of MovementKate McGarry Gallery, London, U.K. 18 Sep - 24 Oct 2015Throughout much of his practice, Coates has sought alternative ways in which to approach and understand the questions we most struggle to resolve. A Question of Movement, as with past projects such as Vision Quest, The Trip, and most recently during his residency at The Barbican Centre, explores the role...
Station to Station: A 30 Day HappeningBarbican Centre, London, U.K. 27 Jun - 27 Jul 2015For Station to Station, Coates presents Answer Painting, a residency in which he offers his services as a painter to the public. Visit Coates’s painting studio (Saturday-Wednesday throughout Station to Station) in which the artist will consult with members of the public and create a body of work that attempts...
Ape CultureHKW: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany 30 Apr - 6 Jul 2015The exhibition Ape Culture presents artworks and documents that wittily observe the relationship between humans and other primates. As a figure poised on the threshold between humans and animals, since antiquity the ape has played a central role in the story of how civilization has “progressed”. What was initially a...
Dawn ChorusFABRICA, Brighton, U.K. 3 Apr - 25 May 2015For this spring exhibition we worked with Brighton Festival to co-present Dawn Chorus by Marcus Coates. Dawn Chorus was an immersive multi-screen film installation that used unique digital methods to explore the relationship between birdsong and the human voice, and similarities between bird and human behaviour. Nineteen individual singers uncannily...
Marcus CoatesWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 7 Mar - 18 Apr 2015 GatesheadWorkplace Gallery is delighted to present our fourth solo exhibition at our gallery in Gateshead of new work by Marcus Coates. For this exhibition, Coates presents three new works that set out the scope of a wider enquiry. Central to this is the re-animation of our intersubjectivity with natural...
Satellite SatelliteWORKPLACE LONDON 11 Oct - 15 Nov 2014 London
Marcus Coates: Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant and CastleWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 18 Jan - 15 Mar 2014 GatesheadVision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle explores the major transitions that have been taking place in the South London neighbourhood. In response to the Council's formal vision and master plan for redevelopment, Coates involves residents from the soon to be demolished Heygate Estate, council planners and developers to...
Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council CollectionTokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 18 Jan - 9 Mar 2014Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection is a major new exhibition which has been created in partnership with the Asahi Shimbun; Tokyo Station Gallery; Itami City Museum of Art; Kochi Museum of Art and Okayama Museum of Art. Together, the curators of each museum have selected works...
SleeperWORKPLACE LONDON 14 Oct - 23 Nov 2013 London
Towada Art Festival JapanTowada, Aomori, Japan 21 Sep - 24 Nov 2013Towada Oirase Art Festival To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Towada Art Center, we are proud to present the Towada Oirase Arts Festival. Based on the theme of “time,” the festival will take place throughout the city of Towada and amongst the breathtaking natural beauty of nearby Oirase Gorge...
Marcus Coates: 185x49x26cmWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 1 Dec 2012 - 19 Jan 2013 GatesheadCoates' new installation All the Grey Animals, 2012 comprises of over 80 cuboid forms each representing an animal that has been defined by its greyness. From a sixteen foot newborn Grey Whale to a one inch Grey Dagger Moth this amassed grouping of animals as objects is a brutal rendering...
Marcus Coates: Stories from the Lower WorldSAAG - Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Canada 22 Jun - 9 Sep 2012Marcus Coates: Stories from the Lower World June 22, 2012 - September 9, 2012 'The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities' – Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus In the front room of a Liverpool tower complex slated for demolition, Marcus Coates...
Out of Sight, Out of MindWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 12 May - 16 Jun 2012 GatesheadWorkplace Gallery are pleased to present Out of Sight, Out of Mind a group exhibition bringing together diverse works by eleven artists working internationally. The exhibition explores themes that draw upon notions of the Body - either directly as site, material, and subject - or indirectly as starting point for...
Vision Quest: a ritual for Elephant & CastleUnit 237, Elephant & Castle Shopping, London, U.K. 12 - 26 Apr 2012Beneath the dull glare of night-time sodium lighting, three men play dominoes, seemingly unaware of the silent, silver suited man behind them holding aloft a mounted buzzard. When he utters a strange unearthly sound, the men briefly look up then resume their game. In broad daylight wearing a horse head...
ProxyKate MacGarry Gallery, London, U.K. 2 Mar - 14 Apr 2012This new body of work draws on themes Coates has developed with his previous performance pieces, in which the artist acts as a conduit between the human and animal worlds. While ancient cultures relied upon their animal counterparts for spiritual strength and practical purpose, the modern human has little interaction...
Follow the voiceCanary Warf Screen, London, UK 1 Mar - 27 May 2012In a playful echo of Darwin’s publication 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals', Follow the Voice establishes striking parallels between a range of familiar man-made sounds and an equally evocative chorus of animal cries and calls. Chasing (and carefully recording) pockets of sound around the contemporary urban landscape...
Double, DoubleWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 1 Oct - 5 Nov 2011 GatesheadEric Bainbridge Noel Clueit Marcus Coates Jo Coupe Jacob Dahlgren Rachel Foulion Dean Hughes Rachel Lancaster Eftihis Patsourakis
The TripSerpentine Gallery 3 Mar - 30 Apr 2011The film is produced as part of the Serpentine’s ongoing Skills Exchange project and is the result of a long-term residency by Coates at the hospice. Coates began the project by asking hospice outpatients to suggest ways that vicarious action could enrich their experiences and offered to enact unfulfilled dreams...
Questions and AnswersKate Macgarry Gallery, London, U.K. 3 Sep - 10 Oct 2010Marcus Coates is renowned for his shamanic performances, where a community or an individual is invited to ask difficult questions pertaining to their own predicament, from the deeply personal to the broadly political. Coates summons answers by communing with an animal kingdom that is part imagined, part scientifically observed. In...
PsychopompMilton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK. 15 Jan - 4 Apr 2010'...my work is all about our relationship with animals and nature...There is humour in the work, but a serious side explores how we use our relationship with animals to define our humanness.' Marcus Coates This exhibition is the first survey of Marcus Coates' work in a public gallery in the...
Marcus CoatesKunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland 29 Aug - 15 Nov 2009What would animals advise? The artist Marcus Coates, who was born in 1968, explores human and social issues in his performances and the resulting video works. He experiments with forms of meaning and consciousness from the animal kingdom as parallel ways of experience and carries out almost shamanistic acts in...
A Duck For Mr. Darwin: Evolutionary Thinking & the Struggle of ExistBALTIC, Gateshead, UK 10 Apr - 20 Sep 2009Charles Avery Marcus Coates Dorothy Cross Mark Dion Andrew Dodds Mark Fairnington Ben Jeans Houghton Tania Kovats Conrad Shawcross
Lisson Presents 2Lisson Gallery 4 - 28 Mar 2009Francis Alÿs, Gerard Byrne, Marcus Coates, Tony Cragg, Spencer Finch, Christian Jankowski, Julian Opie, Richard Wentworth The second instalment of 'Lisson Presents' brings together works that investigate the relationship between human consciousness and notions of the 'natural'. The exhibition features a presentation by Marcus Coates, a new work by Spencer...
Altermodern: TATE Triennial 2009TATE Britain, London, UK 3 Feb - 26 Apr 2009Want to know what's happening in contemporary art now? Then visit Altermodern , the fourth Tate Triennial at Tate Britain. This selection of new contemporary art presents some of the best that current British art has to offer, alongside international artists who are working with similar themes. It includes artists...
Marcus Coates: The Plover's WingWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 31 Jan - 28 Feb 2009 GatesheadFilmed before the recent incursion into Gaza by Israel, The Plover’s Wing sees Coates performing a shamanic ritual, descending in a trance to the ‘lower world’ to consult animal spirits on a question put to him by the Mayor of Holon, Israel regarding the Palestine/Israeli crisis. The subsequent discussion, drawn...
TOMORROW THE FUTURECurated by WORKPLACE - Fishmarket, Northampton, UK 4 - 22 Nov 2008WORKPLACE is pleased to present TOMORROW THE FUTURE at Northampton’s Fishmarket Gallery. Tanya Axford Hula Hoops incessantly in a pitch-black room. Randomly exposed by oversensitive ‘slave’ camera flashes triggered by an intermittently firing strobe she circumnavigates performance, photography and sculpture. Well known for his eclectic use of material Eric Bainbridge...
"All my favourite singers couldn't sing..."WORKPLACE GATESHEAD 30 Aug - 27 Sep 2008 Gateshead“All my favourite singers couldn’t sing…” is the first exhibition at The Old Post Office, the new home of Workplace Gallery in the heart of Gateshead Town centre. This group exhibition includes works by represented gallery artists alongside new local talent and invited international artists and spans all 3 floors...
Laughing in a Foreigner LanguageSouthbank Centre, London, U.K. 25 Jan 2008 - 13 Apr 2018Laughing in a Foreign Language, 25 January – 13 April 2008, Hayward Gallery. Focusing on the role of humour in contemporary art, Laughing in a Foreign Language brought together more than 70 works, including videos, drawings, photographs and interactive installations, by more than 30 artists from the Far East, Middle...
False WitnessWORKPLACE GATESHEAD 7 Apr - 12 May 2007 GatesheadWorkplace Gallery are pleased to present False Witness - a group exhibition of new and existing works by six gallery artists. Drawing its title from the Ninth Commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. (Exodus 20:16) False Witness explores moral ambiguity concealed at the periphery of artworks...
Marcus Coates: Dawn ChorusBALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK 14 Feb - 18 Mar 2007Marcus Coates: Dawn Chorus Metamorphosis through voice and sound is a state that Coates has long been exploring, and he has established a reputation for producing fascinating films in which the human voice accurately mimics complex and beautiful birdsong. Dawn Chorus is the latest and most ambitious project in this...
The Forest BillboardGrizedale Arts, Grizedale Forest, UK 1 - 31 Jan 2000In late 1999 the leafy glade of Farra Grain, an area of Grizedale Forest close to the village of Satterthwaite, was selected by director Adam Sutherland as the perfect spot to install a full-size billboard which would provide a platform for artists to show two-dimensional work in an outdoor, site-specific...
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
The Last of Its Kind, Workplace Gallery, London
Ask the Birds, event, Whitechapel Gallery, London
The Sounds of Others, Innsbruck Biennale, Austria
Functional Improvisation, Performance,Marcus Coates and Terry Day, William Morris Gallery, London
Ask the Wood, Performance event, South London Botanical Society/Feral Practice, 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
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
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
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 – Artisit’s Studio, London
Questions & Answers, Kate MacGarry, London
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
A Ritual for Elephant & Castle (with Chrome Hoof), Performance, Coronet Theatre, London
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
The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK
We are not Alone, British Council Collection, Athr Gallery, Jeddah,
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
A Fair Land, Grizedale Arts at IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
This is a Voice, Wellcome Collection, London
Making Nature, Wellcome Collection, London
Station to Station, Curated by Doug Aitken, Barbican, London
Ape Culture, HKW, Berlin
Angels and Doppelgaengers, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
Diamonds always come in small packages, Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Switzerland
The Nuisance of Landscape: Grizedale –The Sequel, Abbotthall, Kendal, UK
Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection, Tokyo Station Gallery, 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
Three Years at Sea, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Anchorhold – Meetings with Marcus Coates, Performance, Hai arts and Grizedale Arts, Island of Hailuoto, Finalnd
School of Imagination, film screening, Barbican, London
Uncanny Journey, Archiv trifft Gegenwart - Dienstgebäude, Zurich
The Gathering, Yukiko Kawase Gallery, Paris
SUPER 8, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Jarman Award shortlist, Whitechapel, London
Now I Gotta Reason, Grizedale Arts at Jerwood Space, London
Galapagos, Bluecoat, Liverpool. Fruitmarket, Edinbugh, Centro de Arte Moderna, Lisbon
Hors Piste, Pompidou, Paris
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME
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
Siobhan Davies Commissions, Bargehouse, London
Double, Double, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
ROTATE, Contemporary Art Society & Shortlist Media, London, UK
Ffilm, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK
The Armory Show, New York, USA with Workplace Gallery
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, Wales
From Past to Present, Migration, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile
Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Adaptation, The Power Plant, Toronto
Europes, Contemporary Culture Festival, Barcelona
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
Recent Acquisitions, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Biennial
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
Art Star 4 Video Art Biennial, Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
Exposition of Mythology – Electric Technology, Nam June Paik Art Centre, Seoul,
Altermodern, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London
Lisson Presents 2, Lisson Gallery, London
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
Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, Japan House, London
A Duck for Mr Darwin, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden, NGBK Berlin
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
Manifesta7, Trento, Italy
VideoZone, Israeli Video Art Biennial, CCA, Tel Aviv, Israel
This Wild Melody, Performance, Barbican Art Gallery, London
Spirit Caravan, Performance, Hayward Gallery, London
Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London
Hamsterwheel, Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden
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, Canada
Goggle påjorden, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
The Brotherhood of Subterranea, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg, Germany
Grounded (Now Hear This), AV Festival, Middlesborugh
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
Tomorrow the Future, (curated by Workplace) Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, UK
A Heligoland for Souls – Experiment Marathon, Performance, Serpentine Gallery, London
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
Micro-Narratives, 48th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
Hamsterwheel, Arsenale – Biennale di Venezia 2007, Venice
Dark Mirror, Netherlands Inatitute for Media Arts – Montevideo, Amsterdam
False Witness, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
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 & 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, Wales, 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
Awards and Notable
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, Winner, New Contemporaries Prize
Marcus Coates, works from 1994 – 2014
Co-Published by Kunsthalle Zurich, Milton Keynes Gallery and Koenig.
2014, A Practical Guide to Unconscious Reasoning
Co-Published by Bookworks and Create
ISBN: 978 1 90601 261 8
2011, The Trip Published by Serpentine Gallery/Koenig Books
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
2012, The Gushul Studio, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Canada
2010, St. John’s Hospice, London in association with Serpentine Gallery, London
2009, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, Japan
2008, Calouste Gulbenkian Trust and Galapagos Conservatiion Trust Artist Residency, Galapagos, Ecaudor
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
British Council Collection, UK
Arts Council England Collection, UK
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
The Wellcome Collection, UK
Private Collections worldwide
Reviews: Marcus CoatesGabriel Coxhead , Art in America , June 1, 2018
Marcus Coates: The Last Of Its KindPaul Carey-Kent, Art Monthly, April 1, 2018
‘The Land We Live In - The Land We Left Behind’Ellen Mara De Wachter, Frieze, February 12, 2018
'Somerset's strange fruit'Robert Bound, Monocle, February 6, 2018
'Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s latest show celebrates rural rituals'Jessica Klingelfuss, Wallpaper, January 30, 2018
'Rural rites at Hauser & Wirth Somerset show'Louisa Buck, The Art Newspaper, January 23, 2018
Saturday ReviewPresented by Tom Sutcliffe , BBC Radio 4, January 20, 2018
'Raise a glass to smashing bumpkins'Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times, January 19, 2018
Exploring the endless possibilities of the human voice - reviewMark Hudson , The Telegraph, April 13, 2016
Ask an artist: we talk to Marcus Coates about his 'Answer Painting' projectChris Waywell, Time Out London, July 8, 2015
Newcastle and Gateshead Round-UpGeorge Vasey , Art Monthly , May 1, 2015
10 Questions for Artist Marcus CoatesThomas H. Green , The Arts Desk , March 26, 2015
The Sound of Others by Marcus CoatesLaura Allsop , AnOther Magazine , November 18, 2014
London's fourth plinth: the artists fighting the latest battle of TrafalgarCharlotte Higgins, The Guardian , September 25, 2013
Newsmaker: Marcus CoatesColine Millard, Portfolio Magazine , July 26, 2013
Marcus Coates: 'Eventually something serious comes through'Tom Lamont, The Guardian , April 8, 2012
Ideal Syllabus: Marcus CoatesMarcus Coates , Frieze: First published in Issue 135, November 1, 2010
If We Could Talk to the Animals...Richard Dorment, G2: The Guardian , October 14, 2010
Exhibitionist: The best art shows to see this weekendThe Guardian , November 20, 2009
Marcus Coates: Daiwa Foundation Art Prize WinnerDonald Eubank , The Japan Times , November 13, 2009
Marcus Coates: 'A Ritual For Elephant And Castle'Louis Pattison , Frieze , June 11, 2009
At One With NatureMarcus Coates, Esquire Magazine , April 1, 2009
Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009Laura Cumming , The Observer , February 8, 2009
Altermodern, Tate Triennial 2009, reviewRichard Dorment , Telegraph, February 2, 2009
Trying to Cope with Things That Aren't Human (Part One)Glen Helfand , Artforum International , January 22, 2009
Gallery Profile: Workplace GalleryLouisa Buck , Art World Magazine, December 1, 2008
Manifesta 7: ReviewCathryn Drake, MAP Magazine , September 1, 2008
In the words of Curators: Comparing VisionsCristina Natalicchio, Work.Art in progress Magazine: Number 22, March 21, 2008
Interview With Rachel Potts and Marcus Coates for Garageland MagazineRachel Potts , Garageland Issue 6: Supernatural , March 8, 2008
The Art of the Animal InstinctOhad Fishof , NY Arts Magazine , March 1, 2008
The Weird World of LaughterHelena Merriman , BBC News , January 30, 2008
Marcus Coates: Shamanism and Anthropomorphism; Public Art and 'Getting Back to Nature'Frieze , June 6, 2007
Chirps with everythingViv Groskop, The Guardian , January 25, 2007
The badger on my head? It helps me fight youth crimeSarah Lightman, The Jewish Chronicle , March 26, 2006
The Sublime and the RidiculousSkye Sherwin , Art Review , March 8, 2006
Marcus Coates: 185x49x29cmRebecca Travis , This Is Tomorrow , December 10, 2002
My Life As A DogSkye Sherwin, Dazed & Confused Magazine, May 1, 2002
Good Grief, Charlie Brown Exhibition Catalogue'Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts' at Somerset House Somerset House, 2018 Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Generation Press
Dimensions: 245 x 320 mm
A practical guide to unconscious reasoningMarcus Coates, 2014 soft, 286 pages
Publisher: Book Works
ISBN: 978 1 906012 61 8
A Duck For Mr. DarwinEvolutionary Thinking & the Struggle to Exist Godfrey Worsdale, Alessandro Vincentelli, Harry Pearson, Bergit Arends, Greg Hilty, 2009 soft, 88 pages
AftermodernTate Triennial 2009 Nicolas Bourriaud , 2009
Private UtopiaContemporary Art from the British Council Collection E. Gilford-Mead; A. Pettifer; S. Berry; A. Yuzuhana; K. Fujimaki; K. Okuno; Y. Takashima; T. Takagi , 2011 Soft Cover, 135 pages
Publisher: The Asahi Shimbun
Dimensions: 27 x 21 cm
Marcus CoatesMarcus Coates, Anthony Spira and Rosalind Horn , 2016 Hardback, 290 pages
Publisher: Koenig Books, London
Dimensions: 31 x 22 cm
Marcus Coates - The TripSerpentine Gallery, 2011 Pbk, pages
Publisher: Koenig Books
Between Art And AnthropologyContemporary Ethnographic Practice 2010 Pbk, pages
Sinking Towards Wishy Mountain: Liverpool2005
The Berwick Gymnasium Fellowshipsan archival record 2008 Pbk, pages
Publisher: English Heritage & Arts Editions North
Encyclopedia of Terrestrial Life volume VIIIGraham Sheffield, Kate Bush, Francesco Manacorda, Lydia Yee, 2008 Hbk, pages
Publisher: Barbican Art Gallery & Merrell Publishers Ltd
British Art Show 6Alex Farquharson, Andrea Schlieker, Susan May, 2005 Pbk, pages
Publisher: Haywood Gallery Publishing
In Profile Marcus CoatesMax Andrews, Tracey Warr DVD, pages
Publisher: Picture This
Marcus CoatesMarcus Coates, Tracey Warr, 2001 Hbk, pages
Publisher: Grizedale Books
Laughing in a Foreign LanguageMami Kataoke, Simon Critchley, Ralph Rugoff, 2008 Pbk, pages
Publisher: Haywood Publishing
Waterlog: Journeys Around An Exhibition2007 Pbk, pages
Publisher: Film and Video Umbrella
Journey To The Lower World(includes DVD) Mark Wallinger, Alec Finlay, Marcus Coates, JJ Charlesworth, Waclaw Sierososzewski, Josie Crawford, Nick David and Ben Coode-Adams, 2005 Pbk with DVD, pages
Publisher: Platform Projects
Marcus Coates: WildernessSchrin Kunsthalle, Frankfurt November 1, 2018The search for the last open spaces, the expedition as an artistic medium, and post-human visions of a world devoid of people characterize the works of many contemporary artists alongside the renegotiation of the relationship between individual and beast.
Marcus Coates: Good Grief, Charlie Brown!Somerset House, London October 25, 2018GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition will explore Peanuts’ renewed agency in contemporary culture and society.
Marcus Coates: Utrecht Centraal commission extended due to Popular DemandMarcus Coates 'Arrivals/Departures' 2016 - 2022 September 22, 2018Arrivals/Departures, 2016 - 2022 Marcus Coates' commission for Utrecht Centraal train station has been extended by the City Council to 2022 Utrecht Centraal is the...
Marcus Coates: Creatures Made to Measure, Animals and Contemporary DesignMarta, Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design. Herford, Germany September 16, 2018The designers and artists in this exhibition pose the question as to the “acceptable degree” of manipulation, taking a look at the relationship between humans and animals from new perspectives.
Dallas Art FairWORKPLACE / AND NOW 12 - 15 Apr 2018In the heart of the downtown arts district, the Dallas Art Fair offers collectors, arts professionals, and the public the opportunity to engage with a rich selection of modern and contemporary artworks presented by leading national and international galleries. Thoughtfully curated exhibitions and innovative programming encourage lively conversations and close looking in a robust and rapidly growing arts community.
Dallas Art Fair4 - 6th April 6 - 9 Apr 20176 - 9th April Booth D10 Eric Bainbridge Hugo Canoilas Marcus Coates Jo Coupe Laura Lancaster To view a list of works online please click...
Artissima4 - 6th November 2016 4 - 6 Nov 2016WORKPLACE at Artissima 2016 November 4 - 6 Vernissage November 3rd OVAL Lingotto Fiere, Turin Dialogues Hall Violet Stand 4 Eric Bainbridge Marcus...
Granpalazzo28 - 29 May 2016GRANPALAZZO EDIZIONE 2016 PALAZZO ROSPIGLIOSI ZAGAROLO, ROMA http://www.granpalazzo.org 28 - 29 May 2016 Workplace is pleased to present the work of Marcus Coates at this...
Dallas Art Fair15 - 17 Apr 2016DALLAS ART FAIR WORKPLACE Booth D8 Eric Bainbridge Hugo Canoilas Marcus Coates Laura Lancaster Rachel Lancaster To download a list of works please click here...
Art Basel Hong Kong23 - 26 May 2013
Art LA Contemporary24 - 27 Jan 2013
The Manchester Contemporary - 201227 - 30 Sep 2012
NADA Art Fair - Miami 20111 - 4 Dec 2011
The Armory Show - New York 20113 Mar - 6 Apr 2011
NADA Art Fair - Miami 20102 - 5 Dec 2010
FIAC - ParisWorkplace Gallery presents Darren Banks and Marcus Coates in the Lafayette Sector. Workplace Gallery has also been selected to present Tuilleries Gardens project: The Palace Bandwagon by Darren Banks and Cinephemere screenings of film works. 21 - 24 Oct 2010
The Armory Show - New York3 - 7 Mar 2010
NADA Art Fair - Miami 20083 - 7 Dec 2008
101 TokyoTokyo, Japan 3 - 6 Apr 2008
Zoo Art Fair - London 2007The Royal Academy, Burlington Place, London 12 - 15 Oct 2007
DC, Dusseldorf Contemporary - 2007Dusseldorf, Germany 19 - 22 Apr 2007
Zoo Art Fair - London 2006London Zoo, UK 13 - 15 Oct 2006
Marcus CoatesBritish Council Uzbekistan September 24, 2018New Past: Contemporary Art from UK exhibition in Tashkent
Marcus Coates: Dawn ChorusFabrica, Brighton, UK September 24, 2018Interview with Marcus Coates in which he talks about his relationship to birdsong, the digital processes behind Dawn Chorus and the relationship between the work and the space at Fabrica.
Marcus CoatesBritish Council Collection September 24, 2018In this film we speak to British Artist Marcus Coates about his practice and specifically about his works held in the British Council Collection. A new series of photographs by Coates are on show in a major new exhibition titled; Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection. For more information about Private Utopia visit: http://visualarts.britishcouncil.org/... and http://www.britishcouncil.jp/en/priva... Coates is best known for performative films and photographs in which the he inhabits the minds and bodies of animals of all types, exploring shamanic traditions and working to better understand...
Marcus Coates: How does one make the best decisions when unsure of how to navigate the unknowns? Skylark Song, 2016March 5, 2017Marcus Coates How does one make the best decision when unsure of how to navigate the unknowns? (Skylark song) 2016 HD digital video Duration 3 min 50 sec (MC0203) Visitors to the gallery were invited to ask the artist, Marcus Coates questions that preoccupied them and struggled to answer themselves. This film is his answer to one of these questions. Coates adopts the song strategy of a skylark bird, attempting not to repeat phrases, hesitate and sustain this sound making for as long as possible. In order to do this...
Marcus Coates: Tate ShotsTate March 11, 2009For this film, we went bird-watching with the artist Marcus Coates. His new video, The Plover’s Wing 2008, was on show at Tate Britain during the Tate Triennial, so it seemed apt. Coates knows a lot about birds, he can mimic their calls, interpret their behaviour and, he says, even converse with them… in the spirit world. For his art, he films himself entering a trance like state that he calls ‘becoming animal’, and attempts to solve people’s problems by seeking answers from the animal spirits that he encounters. In...