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GENERATION: Nathan Coley

18 July 2014

Scotland's most important artists of the past 25 years are being celebrated in GENERATION - a programe of exhibitions across the country in 2014. In a series of short films for BBC Arts, Kirsty Wark meets some of the creative minds who transformed the art scene in Scotland.

Nathan Coley

Nathan Coley talks to Kirsty Wark at Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Architecture and public spaces are the focus of much of Nathan Coley’s work, as he explores the way in which they reflect and influence people’s lives.

Born in Glasgow in 1967, Coley studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and continues to live and work in the city.

Nathan Coley

He has worked in a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, video and photography. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, and his art is represented in public and private collections around the world.

Coley’s GENERATION exhibit The Lamp of Sacrifice 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh is displayed at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art.

The installation of cardboard sculptures includes every religious building in Edinburgh that was listed in the 2004 Yellow Pages directory as ‘places of worship’.


GENERATION is a showcase of some of the most important artists to come out of Scotland in the past 25 years. It brings together work by more than 100 artists to 60 galleries and exhibition spaces across the country.

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It charts Scotland's creative development during a period which saw the country earn an international reputation as a centre for contemporary art. It produced countless award-winning artists and exhibitions.

The artists featured in GENERATION came to prominence while working in Scotland. They laid the foundations for the contemporary art scene that exists there today.

The aim of GENERATION is also to help cultivate a future generation of artists, with a education programmes and events to inspire young people.

The project is part of Culture 2014 - the Glasgow Commonwealth Games cultural programme. It is being held in partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.

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