Nathan Coley

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Review National Galleries Scotland

Solo exhibition2019The Future Is Inside Us, Its Not Somewhere ElseParliament Hall, Edinburgh Art FestivalEdinburgh, UK
Group exhibition2019Beyond The RoadSaatchi GalleryLondon, England
Solo exhibition2017Nathan ColeyScottish National Gallery of Modern ArtEdinburgh, UK
Group exhibition2015Devils in the Making: Glasgow School of Art & The CollectionGallery of Modern ArtGlasgow, UK
Group exhibition2014You Imagine What You Desire19th Biennale of SydneySydney, Australia
Solo exhibition2012Knowledge, Kindliness and CourageContemporary Art GalleryVancouver, Canada
Group exhibition2012Miracles, Art, Science, ReligionKunsthalle KremsKrems, Austria
Solo exhibition2009Nathan ColeyBergen KunsthallBergen, Norway
Group exhibition2009Nuite BlancheParis, France
Group exhibition2007The Turner PrizeTate LiverpoolLiverpool, England
Solo exhibition2003Black TentPortsmouth CathedralPortsmouth, England
Group exhibition2001Circles 3ZKMKarlsruhe, Germany
Solo exhibition1996Nathan ColeyGalleri IndexStockholm, Sweden
Solo exhibitionThere Will Be No Miracles HereNational Galleries of ScotlandEdinburgh, UK

Artworks in Collections
The Van Abbemuseum CollectionEindhoven21896A place beyond belief

Monograph2014Hatje Cantz VerlagNathan ColeyLisa Le Feuvre, Brian Dillon, Tom Hunt, Caroline Käding, Tanja Karreman, Rory Mitchell, Andrea Schlieker u.a.978-3-7757-3675-6Berlin 
Monograph2011There Will be No Miracles HereNathan Coley978-1899377213 Locus +
Monograph2006Mount StuartNathan ColeyAndrea Schlieker, Nathan Coley, Keith HunterRothesay Andrew McLean, Sophie Crichton Stuart, Anthony Crichton Stuart



London, England
Shortlist Turner Prize

1985 - 1989


Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow School of Art

1985 - 1989


Glasgow, Scotland


Nathan Coley, who was born in 1967 in Glasgow, sculpts words and phrases out of light – but, very particularly, he uses old light bulbs and scaffolding to create a nostalgic, fairground aesthetic, eschewing neon and its advertorial connotations. Although he accepts full responsibility as the author of the work, the words come from all manner of sources, and, in the varying contexts in which the ensuing works are shown, they gain all manner of meanings, some universal, some unique to the individual viewer.

Coley’s works explore architecture and religion, although he is more interested in what is built by whom and where and why than the building itself. Likewise, he holds no formal faith. (26.11.2020)


A Place Beyond Belief photo A Place Beyond Belief 2013 Nathan Coley 
You Imagine What You Desire photo You Imagine What You Desire 2015 Nathan Coley