100 Masters – Gillian Wearing


Mastered: Art
Location: Sandwell
Nomination: Peer-nominated

Turner prize winning conceptual artist Gillian Wearing OBE RA came to the fore as one of the Young British Artists, and became one of the biggest names in the UK art scene after winning the prize in 1997.

Her work often looks in to people’s lives documenting their behaviours. In her 2001 video installation ‘Broad Street’ she filmed people on a night out on Birmingham’s infamous bar street – following key drinkers the viewers witness how alcohol contributed to their loss of inhibition and control throughout an evening and in to the early hours.

While her work has taken her across the globe she came back to Birmingham in 2014 to unveil her public sculpture commission with Ikon Gallery that was placed outside of the new Library of Birmingham. A Real Birmingham family saw thousands of people put themselves forward to represent family life in the city for a permanent sculpture.

Wearing has produced a new exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery (until 29 May) that includes a huge wall of images called Rock ’n’ Roll 70 Wallpaper showing a digitally aged Wearing in about 30 different situations and clothes.

Gillian Wearing is an elected lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

She received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University on in recognition of her contribution to the arts in 2016.


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