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: from over-consumption, inequality and alienation, to privatisation and 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 our public transport system – and is the agent for The Artists’ Bond – a life-long speculative funding scheme for artists, now with 160 members across the UK.

Since 2013, Harrison has been Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practices at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is also engaged in an active critique of higher education.

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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 Life Raft, as part of Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land Golf.

Harrison’s 2002 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.

Harrison is a member of the Scottish Artists Union and the University & College Union, and is a studio holder at Wasps Hanson Street Studios.


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