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.
- 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.
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).
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Sound: Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst – review The Observer
Coutts, Marion. 2017. Sound: Stories of Hearing Lost and Found by Bella Bathurst – review The Observer. The Observer,
PAINTING THE SPIRIT WORLD Hilma af Klint: first avant-garde painter?
Coutts, Marion. 2016. PAINTING THE SPIRIT WORLD Hilma af Klint: first avant-garde painter? 1843 Magazine,
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.
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
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
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
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.