Key facts about the artist

The Bring Back British Rail Campaign
Photo: Robin Prime

Artist / Activist / Administrator
Ellie founded the national Bring Back British Rail campaign
Nottingham, London and Glasgow
Shortlisted for the Converse/Dazed 2011 Emerging Artists Award


Video: Art in Scotland TV - After The Revolution, Who Will Clean Up The Mess?

Video: Art in Scotland TV - Counterpoint

Video: Anti-Capitalist Aerobics

A film by Emma Crouch documenting 'Anti-Capitalist Aerobics' - a new performance by Ellie Harrison commissioned by Invisible Dust for the 'Ways of Seeing Climate Change' conference in Manchester on 30 October 2013 as part of the 'Invisible Heat' programme supported by the Wellcome Trust.

About Ellie's work

Ellie Harrison makes complex, provocative and politically-engaged work for gallery exhibitions and beyond. Shifting between the roles of artist, activist and administrator, she presents playful performances, installations, events and political campaigns, which aim to investigate, expose and challenge the systems that control our everyday experience and rule over our lives.

She was born in London in 1979 and now lives and works in Glasgow. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award with the Whitechapel Gallery in London. She is also the founder and coordinator of the national Bring Back British Rail campaign - which strives to popularise the idea of renationalising of our public transport system - and is the agent for The Artists’ Bond - a long-term speculative funding scheme for artists, now with 120 members across the UK.

Her 2001 project Eat 22 - for which she photographed everything she ate for a year - is now on permanent display at the Wellcome Collection in London. And her Vending Machine - programmed to gift out free crisps when news relating to the recession makes the headlines - now features in the public collection at the Open Data Institute in London.

In 2013 she became Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practices (Teaching & Research) at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.

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