This is an old email from the Newsletter Archive of British artist Ellie Harrison first sent on 9 March 2011. Subscribe at:


I'm writing to invite you to the launch of my solo show A Brief History of Privatisation opening in London this Friday 11th March at the Watermans. The exhibition features a brand new installation in which a circle of electric massage chairs are used to re-enact changes in UK public service policy over the last century.

Because this Friday just so happens to be my birthday, I thought I'd celebrate with a few specially themed cakes commemorating state owned services of past and present (lovingly crafted by a sweatshop of Harrison family members). So please do come along and enjoy a cake, and a massage too!

And if you're free this evening, please tune-in to hear my radio interview about the show and other recent projects with the Furtherfield gang on Resonance FM from 19:00-20:00.

I'm not in London that often these days, so it would be great to catch up on Friday if you're in town.

I hope to see you there,



A Brief History of Privatisation

A Brief History of Privatisation
Ellie Harrison

12th March - 2nd May 2011

This exhibition at Watermans is Ellie Harrison's first solo show at a gallery in London. It features A Brief History of Privatisation - a major new installation in which the oscillations in public service policy over the last century are re-enacted by an inner circle of electric massage chairs under the seedy glow of red, and then blue, neon.

This is shown alongside two installations developed in 2009 in response to the global financial crises. Including Vending Machine - an old vending machine reprogrammed to release free snacks when search terms relating to the economy make the headlines on the BBC News RSS feed and the child-friendly Toytown.

OPENING: Friday 11th March, 18:00-21:00
RADIO INTERVIEW: Wednesday 9th March, 19:00-20:00 Resonance FM
EXHIBITION OPEN: 12:00-21:00 (daily) until Monday 2nd May 2011

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