Cathy Wilkes

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Cathy Wilkes (born 1966) is an Irish artist from Northern Ireland who lives in Glasgow .She makes sculpture, paintings and installation. She won the Inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize in 2017 and was commissioned to create the British Pavillion in Venice in 2019.

Life and work[edit]

Untitled, 2014 by Wilkes

Wilkes was born in Dundonald near Belfast. She attended Glasgow School of Art from 1985 to 1988, and took an MFA at the University of Ulster during 1991 and 1992. She lives and works in Glasgow.[1]

Her works often feature items from daily life or items of a domestic nature, such as baking parchment, cups, plates and biscuits.[2]

Wilkes represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2005, and will be representing the United Kingdom at the 2019 event.[3]

In 2008, Wilkes received a Turner Prize nominee in the "Sculpture, film, sound, performance" category. In 2017, Wilkes received the Inaugural Maria Lassnig Prize.[3]


Solo exhibitions include The Modern Institute, Glasgow (1999), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2001), Cubitt Gallery, London (2001); Migros Museum, Zurich (2002); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2004), Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (2004, 2007), Milton Keynes Gallery (2008) Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany (2011), and Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2015).[4]

Group exhibitions include Beck's Futures, ICA, London (2000); Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2002); Independence, South London Gallery (2003); Selective Memory, Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2005); 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2004) and If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, MuHKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp (2007).


  1. ^ "Cathy Wilkes", Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch. Retrieved 14 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Cathy Wilkes". Tate Liverpool. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Amy, Michael (January 2019). "Cathy Wilkes: Ugly Archetypes". Sculpture. 38: 63–64.
  4. ^ "Cathy Wilkes | Tate". Retrieved 2015-09-18.

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