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Marion Coutts

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Fine Art
Department Art
Email m.coutts (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 2228
Marion Coutts

Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. She works with a range of material forms: found objects, digital video, film, drawing, sound, text and photography. Her first book, The Iceberg, won the Wellcome Book Prize 2015. She is currently a Senior Lecturer on BA Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths

Her work has been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Chisenhale Gallery, London; Angel Row, Nottingham; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; The Wellcome Collection, London; Project Gallery, Dublin and Foksal Gallery, Warsaw. Other venues that have hosted her work include Helsinki Kunsthalle: RIBA, London; Whitstable Biennial; Norwich Castle, Gasworks, London and Arnolfini, Bristol. 

Since 2012 her practice has shifted to include writing. The Iceberg was published in 2014 in the UK and came out in 2016 in the U.S. She writes occasionally on Art for Intelligent Life. She has recently done podcasts for 5x15 and Little Atoms. 

Academic qualifications

  • Edinburgh College of Art, BA Fine Art, 1982-1986
  • State School for the Arts, Wroclaw, Poland, British Council Scholarship, 1989 - 90 

Marion additionally received a City and Guilds Further and Adult Education Teacher's Certificate 7307, Stage 1, in 1997. She completed the London Arts Board/Institute of Education 'Artists in Schools' Training Programme in 1996.

Teaching 

Marion has been a lecturer in the BA Fine Art & History of Art at Goldsmiths since 2007, and she worked as a visiting tutor for the program for six years prior. She served as the acting course leader of the program in 2012 and as a joint acting course leader during the 2005-2006 academic year.

She held a position as a research fellow at Norwich School of Art and Design from 2007-2009, where she also served as a senior visiting lecturer (2004-2005). She worked as an associate lecturer for the BA Fine Art at University of the Arts, London for five years (2005-2010), and a visiting tutor for the Sculpture, City and Guilds of London Art School (2002-2003).

She also worked as a part-time tutor on the Drawing Programme: The City Lit Fine Art Course, 3D studies modules and Portfolio preparation courses (1996 - 1999).

Professional projects

Marion has held a number of Fellowships. From 2007-09 she was a Research Fellow at Norwich School of Art and Design. She held the Kettle’s Yard fellowship at St John’s College, Cambridge in 2003 and the Momart Fellowship at Tate Liverpool in 2001. In 1999 she was a Rome Scholar at The British School at Rome, and worked in Poland 1989-90 on a British Council Scholarship.

Film commissions include Twenty-six Things (2008) Wellcome Collection, Everglade (2003) Film and Video Umbrella and No Evil Star (2002) Locus+. A monograph on her work was published by FVU in 2003 with essays by Vincent Deary, Sally O’Reilly and Katherine Wood. Recent screenings include Artprojx Cinema at the SVA Theatre, New York and Rome Film Festival, UK focus, both in 2013.  

In the past three years, Marion has given talks and public conferences at the Hay Festival, RSA, Oxford Literary Festival, Greenwich Literary Festival, Charleston Literary Festival, LSE Literary Festival, Brighton Festival, Libreria of London, and Edinburgh Book Festival, among others. She has spoken in conversation with acclaimed artists and authors, including Andrew Solomon, Max Porter, Ali Smith, Erwin Mortier, Rosie Boycott, Helen Macdonald, Alison Light, Caroline Moorehead and John Campbell.

She has also been invited to speak on panels that explore topics like medicine and disorders of the self alongside oncologists, biochemists, neurosurgeons and poets.

Featured publications

  • Coutts, Marion. The Iceberg. 2014. Atlantic Books: hardback, 294 pp. ISBN 978-1782393504, paperback ISBN 978-178239345282012
    • Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2015
    • Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction 2014, the Costa Biography Award 2015, the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Award 2015. Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014
    • Mandarin edition, 2015: Spanish and U.S. editions, 2016: Audible audio-book, 2016
  • Lubbock, Tom. English Graphic. Ed. Marion Coutts with an introduction by Jamie McKendrick. Frances Lincoln: hardback, 208 pp. ISBN 978-0-71123-370-6
  • Lubbock, Tom. Until Further Notice, I am Alive. Eds. Marion Coutts and Bella Lacey. Introduction by Marion Coutts. Granta: hardback, 160pp. ISBN 978-1-84708-531-3

Publications

Show/Exhibition

Ein Bolzplatz fur die Kunst/ Ball of Fame, Young International Artists
Coutts, Marion. 2006. Ein Bolzplatz fur die Kunst/ Ball of Fame, Young International Artists. In: "Ein Bolzplatz fur die Kunst/ Ball of Fame, Young International Artists", ex-Vitra Design Museum, Berlin, Germany.

Money
Coutts, Marion. 2005. Money. In: "Money", The Tabernacle Trust, Powis Square, 1/15/2005 - 2/26/2005.

Mountain
Coutts, Marion. 2003. Mountain. In: "Mountain", Kettles Yard, 9/27/2003 - 11/2/2003.

Everglade
Coutts, Marion. 2003. Everglade. In: "Everglade", Firstsite, The Minories: 7 June-3 August 2003 Angel Row Gallery: 14 Jan-28 Feb 2004 2 Princelet St: 1 May-16 May 2004, 6/7/2003 - 5/16/2004.

Cult
Coutts, Marion. 2002. Cult. In: "Cult", Chisenhale Gallery, United Kingdom, 9/4/2002 - 10/13/2002.

Rosie Leventon and Marion Coutts: Installation. sculpture. works on paper
Leventon, Rosie and Coutts, Marion. 1991. Rosie Leventon and Marion Coutts: Installation. sculpture. works on paper. In: "Rosie Leventon and Marion Coutts: Installation. sculpture. works on paper", Oriel Gallery and Leeds Polytechnic Gallery, United Kingdom.

4th International Triennial of Drawing
Coutts, Marion. 1988. 4th International Triennial of Drawing. In: "4th International Triennial of Drawing", Wroclaw, Poland.

Art Object

Twenty Six Things
Coutts, Marion. 2008. Twenty Six Things.

Article

Audio Arts: Volume 21 No 2
Coutts, Marion and Furlong, William. 2003. Audio Arts: Volume 21 No 2. Audio Arts,

Fine Arts 1998-1999, The British School at Rome
Coutts, Marion. 1998. Fine Arts 1998-1999, The British School at Rome. Fine Arts 1998-1999, The British School at Rome,

Audio

Marion Coutts interviewed at The Chisenhale Gallery about her work Cult
Coutts, Marion and Furlong, William. Marion Coutts interviewed at The Chisenhale Gallery about her work Cult.

Book

Marion Coutts, Kettle’s Yard
Coutts, Marion and Fisher, Elizabeth. 2005. Marion Coutts, Kettle’s Yard. Kettles Yard Gallery. ISBN 1-904561-13-6

Marion Coutts
Coutts, Marion; O'Reilly, Sally; Deary, Vincent; Wood, Katherine and Bode, Steven. 2003. Marion Coutts. Film & Video Umbrella. ISBN 978-1904270058

Vito Acconci/Acconci Studio, PARA-CITIES: Models for Public Spaces. Trouble Shooting
Acconci, Vito; Coutts, Marion; Norman, Nils; O'Shea, Mick; Rothschild, Eva and Tzaig, Uri. 2001. Vito Acconci/Acconci Studio, PARA-CITIES: Models for Public Spaces. Trouble Shooting. Bristol: Arnolfini. ISBN 0907738664

Marion Coutts, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Lubbock, Tom; Coutts, Marion and Murray, Peter. 2000. Marion Coutts, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ISBN 978-1871480320

Book Section

Introduction
Coutts, Marion and Lubbock, Tom. 2012. Introduction. In: Marion Coutts, ed. Until Further Notice, I am Alive. London: Granta, pp. 1-9. ISBN 978-1-84708-531-3

01. Marion Coutts
Coutts, Marion. 2005. 01. Marion Coutts. In: , ed. Responding to Rome, British Artists in Rome 1995-2005. The British School at Rome. ISBN 978-0904152494

Contribution to Helsinki photography festival 2005
Coutts, Marion. 2005. Contribution to Helsinki photography festival 2005. In: Mika Elo; Brett Rogers and Marjatta Tikkanen, eds. To be continued... / jatkuu...: Helsinki Photography Festival 2005. Helsinki: Valokuvataiteilijoiden Liitto ry / Valokuvagalleria Hippolyte & British Council. ISBN 0-86-355-5489

Fair Play
Coutts, Marion. 2001. Fair Play. In: , ed. Fair Play. London: Danielle Arnaud. ISBN 09537752-7-5

essay by David Hopkins. Co-published by Morning Star with City Art Centre, polygon. Paperback with CD.
Coutts, Marion and Hopkins, David. 2000. essay by David Hopkins. Co-published by Morning Star with City Art Centre, polygon. Paperback with CD. In: Alex Finlay, ed. Without Day. Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited; Pap/Com edition. ISBN 978-0748662777

Digital

No Evil Star
Coutts, Marion. 2001. No Evil Star.

Edited Book

English Graphic
Coutts, Marion, ed. 2012. English Graphic. London: Frances Lincoln. ISBN 978-0-71123-370-6

Whitstable Biennale
Coutts, Marion, ed. 2004. Whitstable Biennale. Material. ISBN 978-0954788902

Project

Project Biennale
Coutts, Marion. 2009. Project Biennale.

Until Further Notice, I am Alive
Coutts, Marion. Until Further Notice, I am Alive.

Other

Great Works: 50 Paintings Explored
Coutts, Marion and Lubbock, Tom. 2011. Great Works: 50 Paintings Explored. Frances Lincoln, London.

The Human Zoo, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle: essay by Steve Baker
Coutts, Marion and Baker, Steve. 2003. The Human Zoo, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle: essay by Steve Baker. UNSPECIFIED.

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