Anya Gallaccio

Scottish (born 1963)
Anya Gallaccio Broken English August '91 1997 © Anya Gallaccio and The Paragaon Press. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017.


Born 1963
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Glasgow

Anya Gallaccio’s work concerns transformation and decay. Her installations have included a giant block of ice melting, a huge candle slowly burning away in a public square and a web of flowers stretched across a room, slowly decomposing. More recently Gallaccio has begun to use traditional sculptural materials alongside organic ones, such as an apple tree cast in bronze on which real apples are hung to rot over the course of its display. Gallaccio was born in Glasgow and studied at Goldsmiths College, London. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003.

Glossary terms

  • Founded in 1984, The Turner Prize is awarded annually to the ‘most outstanding contribution’ to British art that took place in the last year.