Cornford & Cross

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This article refers to the artist, for other people named David Cross, see David Cross (disambiguation)

Cornford & Cross are a collaborative pair of UK artists. Matthew Cornford and David Cross began working together while studying at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 1987, graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1991.

They have produced installations for City Limits, EAST International (twice), and In the Midst of Things. Their project, Childhood’s End was produced by Film and Video Umbrella and purchased by the Contemporary Arts Society [1] in 2001. Their work has been exhibited in the UK at the Bluecoat Gallery [2], Liverpool, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland, and in London at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nylon Gallery, the Photographers’ Gallery, and the South London Gallery. In the USA at Basekamp Gallery, Philadelphia, Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, and Nikolai Fine Art, New York City. In 2000 they held an Arts Council residency at the London School of Economics, and in 2004 a British Council artists’ residency in Guangzhou, China.

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Their 1996 work Camelot, provoked local controversy after the artists erected steel security fencing around grass areas in Albion Square, Stoke-on-Trent as part of a public commission.[1]

In 1998, for 10, they advertised in Derby for contestants to take part in a beauty contest. A computer analysed photographs of the participants and picked out the most symmetrical faces. The enlarged images of the winners were put in order of their 'percentage of beauty'.[2]


  1. ^ Malcolm Miles, Urban Avant-Gardes: Art, Architecture and Change, Routledge, 2004, pp166-7. ISBN 0-415-26687-4
  2. ^ Cutting Edge Women's Research Group, Digital Desires: Language, Identity and New Technologies, I.B.Tauris, 2000, pp6-7. ISBN 1-86064-575-5

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