Ellie Harrison is an artist & activist based in Glasgow (UK). Her work takes a variety of forms: from installations and performance / events, to lectures, live broadcasts & political campaigns.

Using an array of strategies, Harrison investigates, exposes and challenges the absurd consequences of our capitalist system – particularly climate change – and explores the impact free-market forces are having on our society and our individual day-to-day lives.

As well as making playful, politically-engaged work for galleries and public spaces, Harrison is also the founder and coordinator of the national Bring Back British Rail campaign – which strives to popularise the idea of re-nationalising of our public transport system – and is the agent for The Artists’ Bond – a life-long speculative funding scheme for artists, now with 120 members across the UK.

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Harrison (b. London 1979) studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmiths College and Glasgow School of Art. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award for her installation A Brief History of Privatisation (presented in collaboration with comedian Josie Long) and, for the 2014 Climate Week Awards for her life-long project Early Warning Signs. Her referendum-themed installation After the Revolution, Who Will Clean Up the Mess? formed part of the 2014 Generation survey show of contemporary art in Scotland and, in 2015, she was selected as one of Dazed Digital’s “top ten artists at the Venice Biennale” for her piece Lift Raft, as part of Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf.

Harrison’s 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. 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.

Since April 2013, Harrison has been Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practices at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. She is a member of the Scottish Artists Union and the University & College Union and the Studio Representative for Wasps Hanson Street Studios.


2010 Master of Fine Art (distinction), Glasgow School of Art
2003 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
2001 BA (Hons) Fine Art (first class honours), Nottingham Trent University
1998 BTEC Foundation Art & Design (distinction), West Thames College, London


2014 Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Funen Art Academy, Odense (Denmark)
2014 Associate Artist (Public Programme), Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
2012 21 Revolutions, Glasgow Women’s Library
2011 Two Degrees, Artsadmin, London
2009 Artist in Residence, Plymouth College of Art
2008 Braziers International Artists’ Workshop, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
2007 Creative Partnerships, Imperial Avenue Infant School, Leicester
2004 Transition, Victoria Baths, Manchester
2002 LabCulture, Watershed, Bristol

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2015 Poetics & Politics of Data, Christoph Merian (Switzerland) (ISBN 978-3856166816)
2015 Playing for Time, Oberon Books (ISBN 978-1783191864)
2014 Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland Guide, National Galleries of Scotland & Glasgow Life (ISBN 978-1906270711)
2014 21 Revolutions, Freight Books (ISBN 978-1908754448)
2013 Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life, Liverpool University Press (ISBN 978-1846319662)
2013 Money after Money, マック (Japan) (ISBN 978-4907367008)
2012 A Guide for the Incurably Curious, Wellcome Collection (ISBN 978-0957028517)
2009 Confessions of a Recovering Data Collector, Plymouth College of Art Press (ISBN 978-0955749131)
2007 Platform for Art: Art on the Underground, Black Dog (ISBN 978-1906155063)
2007 The Fundamentals of Digital Art, AVA Publishing (ISBN 978-2940373581)
2007 Part-time, Prime (ISBN 978-0955504709)
2005 Day-to-Day Data, Angel Row Gallery (ISBN 978-0905634715)
2003 Treat Yourself, Science Museum (ISBN 978-1841290447)