Nathan Coley

Over the past 15 years Nathan Coley has worked in a diverse range of media including public and gallery sited sculpture, photography, drawing and video. His practice focuses on how political and religious ideologies come to shape and determine our built environment. Notions of faith and religion, state and power, sanctuary and refuge, immunity and frontier, spiritual and the rational are recurrently explored within his work. He investigates how we come to understand these ideologies according to different locations, contexts and personal perspectives.


Nathan Coley (b. Glasgow, Scotland) received his BA Hons Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 1989 and since then has exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo presentations of his work include THERE WILL BE NO MIRACLES HERE National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh 2010 and a site specific commission at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh 2010, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway 2009 and Haunch of Venison, Berlin 2009. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Jerusalem Show Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art 2009, Tales of Time and SpaceFolkestone Triennial, Kent 2009, and Mythologies Haunch of Venison, London 2009. Coley’s work is represented in many European collections. He was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 2007.