Nathan Coley The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh 2004 2004 © Studio Nathan Coley


Born 1967
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Glasgow

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. 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).

Glossary terms

Glossary terms

Installation art

An art practice developed in the second half of the twentieth century that broke away from the view of a sculpture as a singular object to be looked at. Instead, installation artists create an environment that may surround the viewer. Many are temporary or created for a particular location.