Martin Creed (1968 -)

A look at the ARTIST ROOMS Martin Creed exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull with contributions from members of the Future Ferens group. We also catch the Great Art Debate event held at the gallery discussing the Turner Prize winners work as well as the wider contemporary art scene.


Martin Creed was born in Wakefield in 1968 and grew up in Glasgow. He currently lives and works in London and Alicudi, Italy. In 2001 Creed was the winner of the Turner Prize. His practice emerges from an ongoing series of investigations into commonplace phenomena. Creed’s works are identified primarily by numbers, so each piece is added to his catalogue system with equal status, regardless of its size, or what it is made of. His subtle interventions frequently reintroduce us to elements of the everyday. Creed’s choice and use of materials – plain A4 sheets of paper, blu-tak, masking tape, party balloons, simple or ‘unpoetic’ language as text or as lyrics to songs - is a thoughtful celebration of the ordinary, a focused reading of the ambiguity of everyday ‘stuff’.

The works in the ARTIST ROOMS collection include the neon Work No. 890: DON'T WORRY 2008, the twenty-one-part drawing Work No. 944 2008 and a four-part video work (Sick Film) Work No. 837 2007.