Anya Gallaccio Broken English August '91 1997 © Anya Gallaccio and The Paragon Press


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

Glossary terms

Turner Prize

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

Young British Artists

A group of conceptual British artists, mainly born in the 1960s, first gathered together by Damien Hirst in 1988 to take part in an exhibition called Freeze. The phenomenon is also known as ‘Britart’.