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Ellie Harrison

Country: UK

Ellie Harrison was born in London in 1979 and now lives and works in Glasgow. She describes her practice as emerging from an ongoing attempt to strike a balance between the roles of ‘artist’, ‘activist’ and ‘administrator’. She uses skills and strategies drawn from each of these perspectives to create fun and engaging work, both in and out of art world contexts, thereby aiming to expose and challenge the systems which control and rule over our lives.

As well as making politically playful works for gallery contexts and beyond, she 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 long-term speculative funding scheme for artists.

In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award with the Whitechapel Gallery in London and in April 2013 she became Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practices at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.