Nathan Coley

There will be no Miracles Here

About this artwork

This outdoor work by Nathan Coley proposes, on a scaffolding support six metres high in illuminated text, ‘There Will Be No Miracles Here’. This originates from a project in which Coley posted a series of public announcements around the town of Stirling. One included these words, taken from a seventeenth-century royal proclamation made in a French town believed to have been the frequent site of miracles. Coley’s practice is based in an interest in public space, and how systems of personal, social, religious and political belief structure our towns and cities, and thereby ourselves.

  • title: There will be no Miracles Here
  • accession number: GMA 5138
  • artist: Nathan ColeyScottish (born 1967)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Sculpture
  • materials: Electric lights, scaffolding
  • date created: 2007 - 2009
  • measurements: Dimensions variable
  • credit line: Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland 2011
  • copyright: © Studio Nathan Coley
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Nathan Coley

Nathan Coley

Nathan Coley’s work explores the interaction between architecture and society. He is interested in the way that urban architecture and public space reflect our needs and aspirations. His work often uses architecture to raise social and political questions. Coley’s practice is driven by research, involving site visits, photographs, interviews and archival research. Coley became known for his public sculpture but he produces works in a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, drawing, video and installations. Born in Glasgow, Coley studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1985 to 1989. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include You Create What You Will, New Art Centre, Roche Court, England (2015); Portraits of Dissension, House Festival, Brighton (2015) and You Imagine What You Desire, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2014).