Born in Birmingham, UK, 1963.
Currently lives and works in London, UK.


Goldsmiths' College, University of London, B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art, 1987-90

Chelsea School of Art, B.TECH Art & Design, 1985-87

Selected Solo Exhibitions:


“reflections,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, November 3 – December 23, 2023



“Gillian Wearing: Editing Life,” PHOTO 2022: Being Human, International Festival of Photography, ACMI, Melbourne, Australia, April 29 – May 22, 2022



“Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, November 5, 2021 – June 13, 2022; catalogue



“Gillian Wearing: Lockdown,” Maureen Paley, London, UK, September 16 – November 1, 2020



“Gillian Wearing: Rock ‘n’ Roll 70,” Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, TX, June 1 – August 31, 2019



“Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere,” Firstsite, Colchester, UK, November 10, 2018 – May 12, 2019

“Life: Gillian Wearing,” Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, October 5 – December 30, 2018

"Your Views," Solo presentation in Dryden Theatre, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, July 3 – October 28, 2018



"Gillian Wearing – Family Stories," The National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 13, 2017 – January 7, 2018; catalogue

"Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask," National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, March 9 – May 29, 2017; catalogue



"Gillian Wearing: Rock ‘n’ Roll 70," commission for the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, December 9, 2016 – January 1, 2018



"Gillian Wearing," Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain, September 24, 2015 – January 10, 2016; catalogue


"Everyone," Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, December 13, 2014 – January 24, 2015
"Gillian Wearing," Maureen Paley, London, UK, October 13 – November 16, 2014
"Rose Video 05 | Gillian Wearing," The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, November 11, 2014 – March 8, 2015
"We Are Here," The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK, 18 July – 12 October 2014

"Gillian Wearing," Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany, March 21—July 7, 2013
"PEOPLE: Selected Parkett Artists' Editions from 1984-2013," Parkett Space, Zurich, Switzerland, February 9 – March 11, 2013

"Gillian Wearing," Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, March 28- June 17, 2012; travels to K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany, September 8- January 6, 2013; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, January – April 2013; catalogue

"Gillian Wearing: People," Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, May 5 – June 24, 2011

"Gillian Wearing: Confessions/ Portaits, Videos," Musée Rodin, Paris, April 10 – August 23, 2009

"Gillian Wearing: Pin-Ups and Family History," Regen Projects, CA, July 12 – August 23, 2008

"Gillian Wearing: Family Monument," special project curated by Fabio
Cavallucci and Cristina Natalicchio, Galleria Civica de Arte Contemporanea di Trento, Trento, Italy, March 24 – June 10, 2007

"Gillian Wearing: Family History," Apartment 3, The Forbury Hotel Apartments, Reading, UK, July 7 – July 29, 2006; traveled to Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, September 9 – October 8, 2006; Maureen Paley, London, UK, October 10 – November 19, 2006; National Film Theatre, London, UK, November 7, 2006; catalogue
"Gillian Wearing: Proof," Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia, October 7 – December 3, 2006

"Gillian Wearing: Snapshot," Bloomberg SPACE, London, England, October 8 – November 12, 2005

"Family Portraits," De Hallen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 3 – June 20, 2004
"Album," Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, March 27 – April 24, 2004 Kiasma/Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

"Album," Interim Art, London, England, October 11-November 23, 2003
"Album," Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NY, November 22, 2003-January 10, 2004

"Mass Observation," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, October 19, 2002 -January 19, 2003; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada, February 26-April 20, 2003; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, September 4 – December 14, 2003; catalogue
"Gillian Wearing: A Trilogy," Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland, January 27 – April 1, 2002; travels to Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 13 - October 27, 2002; catalogue

"I Love You," Sammlung Goetz, Munchen, Germany, June 2 – August 4
"Broad Street," Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, May 22 – September 30
"Sous Influence," ARC, Paris, March 10-May 6, 2001

Gillian Wearing: Prelude, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, December 9, 2000 – January 20, 2001
Drunk, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH, November 11 – December 3, 2000 
Gillian Wearing, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK, September 16 – October 29, 2000 
Gillian Wearing, La Caixa, Madrid, Spain, February 9 - April 1; Centro Galego de Arte 
Comtemporanea, July 17 - October 7, 2001; catalogue
Gorney Bravin+Lee, New York, NY, April 22 – May 20, 2000

Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Drunk, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands
Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, England, October – November 21

Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, Japan, September – October 31
Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

Galerie Drantmann, Brussels, Belgium
Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York, New York, September 26 – October 25
Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
10 - 16, Chisenhale Gallery, London
Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy

Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, England, December 1, 1996 – January 25

Wish You Were Here (Video Evenings at De Appel), Amsterdam
Le Consortium, Dijon, France
Gillian Wearing, City Projects - Prague, Part II,
The British Council, Prague
Valentina Moncada, Rome (British Council)
Maureen Paley Interim Art, London

Western Security, Hayward Gallery, London

Maureen Paley Interim Art, London

City Racing, London

Selected Group Exhibitions:



“Together in Time: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, March 26 – August 20, 2023

“outer view, inner world,” Morena di Luna, Hove, UK, March 26 – June 18, 2023

“BIG WOMEN,” Firstsite, Essex, UK, February 11 – June 18, 2023

“Long Story Short,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA January 15, 2023 – April 28, 2024



“Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky: A Tribute to Lawrence Weiner,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, September 15 – October 22, 2022

“Io, Lei, l’Altra. Ritratti e autoritratti fotografici di donne artiste,” Magazzino delle Idee, Trieste, Italy, March 19 – July 17, 2022 



“Photographing the Fantastic,” NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL, November 20, 2021 – Spring 2022

“Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery,” Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK, June 26, 2021 – Spring 2022
“Selections: Gallery Artists,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, June 5 – July 15, 2021
“Sound and Silence,” Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, May 27 – September 5, 2021
“Catastrophe and Recovery,” National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, Seoul, South Korea, May 22 – August 1, 2021; catalogue
“Wild Childhood,” Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria, May 12 – September 5, 2021



“Summer Exhibition,” Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, October 6, 2020 – January 3, 2021

“Au rendez-vous des amis. Classical Modernism in Dialogue with Contemporary Art from the Sammlung Goetz,” Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany, September 29, 2020 – January 16, 2022

“Alien vs. Citizen,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, July 17, 2020 – February 21, 2021

“Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights,” The British Library, London, UK, April 24 – August 23, 2020

“Tell me the story of all these things,” Firstsite, Colchester, UK, March 28 – October 11, 2020

“(Self)Portraits: Made by Artists for Parkett Since 1984,” Parkett Space, Zürich, Switzerland, February 22 – July 19, 2020

“The Tears of Eros: Moesman, Surrealism and the Sexes,” Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands, February 15 – August 16, 2020

“Utopias,” The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, January 31 – September 27, 2020

“Songs in the Dark,” Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY, January 11 – February 20, 2020



“Waking Dream,” Ruby City, San Antonio, TX, October 13, 2019 – 2021

“Frederick Douglass: Embers of Freedom,” Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, October 3, 2019 – January 5, 2020

“MASK. In Present-Day Art,” Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, September 1, 2019 – January 5, 2020

“Reflection: British Art in an Age of Change,” Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, England, August 17, 2019 – January 5, 2020

“New Order,” Sprüth Magers, London, UK, July 24 – September 14, 2019
“Home Sweet Home,” Les Rencontres d’Arles, Maison des Peintres, Arles, France, July 1 – September 22, 2019; catalogue
“double trouble \ double grins \ is it so with \ twins,” Lothringer 13 Halle, Munich, Germany, June 30 – September 22, 2019

“Expect the Unexpected,” The Lowry, Salford, UK, June 29 – September 29, 2019

“Reshape the Perception,” British Council Collection Touring Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia, June 12 – August 12, 2019 

“MASK: The Art of Transformation,” Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, May 30 – August 25, 2019; travels to Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey, November 2019 – January 2020
“The Countess de Castiglione: The Allure of Creative Self-Absorption,” Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis, TN, April 28 – July 14, 2019
“Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography,” The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, March 12, 2019 – June 9, 2019
“Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers,” The Lightbox, Surrey, UK, January 30 – June 2, 2019



“Generations. Female Artists in Dialog Part 3,” Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany, December 6, 2018 – June 1, 2019; catalogue

“Days Without A Night,” The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, India, November 30 – December 16, 2018

“The Artist is Present,” curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, October 11 – December 16, 2018

“Catastrophe and the Power of Art,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, October 6, 2018 – January 20, 2019

“Women tailored to society?,” The Gallery of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad, Serbia, September 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019

“What do we want?,” Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester, UK, September 22 – November 24, 2018

“Herstory: Women Artists from the Collection of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo,” Touchstones Rochdale, Contemporary Forward, Rochdale, UK, July 28 – September 29, 2018

“Play It Again: The art of remaking,” Firstsite, Colchester, UK, June 30 – September 9, 2018

“A TIME CAPSULE: Works Made by Women for Parkett, 1984 – 2017,” Parkett Exhibition Space, Zurich, Switzerland, June 8 – July 21, 2018

“In My Shoes: Art and the Self since the 1990s,” Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK, March 30 – June 17, 2018; traveled to Attenborough Arts Centre, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, July 7 – September 2, 2018; PACCAR Room, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK; October 6, 2018 – January 6, 2019; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, UK, January 19 – May 12, 2019; The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, UK, July 6 – September 22, 2019

“Exchanges,” The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, March 24, 2018 – April 2019

“Selves and Others,” San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA, March 24–September 23, 2018

“Give and Take: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, March 4 – September 3, 2018

“A Minute Ago,” Zabludowicz Collection, Testing Ground, London, UK, January 18 – February 25, 2018



“From Life,” Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, December 11, 2017 – March 11, 2018

“We Are Everywhere,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 21, 2017 – January 28, 2018

“The Art of Dissonance,” part of UK/Korea 2017—18 Creative Futures, SeMA, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, September 12 – November 12, 2017

“Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity,” Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK, July 28 – November 5, 2017; traveled to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK, December 2, 2017 – April 15, 2018

“Dreamers Awake,” White Cube, Bermondsey, UK, June 28 – September 17, 2017

“The Heart of the Tin Man,” M Woods, Beijing, China, June 30 – October 20, 2017

“Behold the Man,” Magdeburg Art Museum, Magdeburg, Germany, May 21 – November 5, 2017

“We Also Dance,” Kraków Photomonth, Museum of History of Photography in Kraków, Kraków, Poland, May 19 – June 18, 2017

“Versus Rodin: bodies across space and time,” Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, March 4 – July 2, 2017

“The Inner Skin. Art and Shame,” MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany, March 4 – June 4, 2017; catalogue

“Look at Me!,” CaixaForum Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain, March 4 – June 4, 2017; traveled to Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey, December 7, 2017 – March 4, 2018

“What I Loved: Selected Works from the ‘90s,” Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, March 4 – April 14, 2017



“VIVRE !!,” Musée de l'histoire de l'immigration, Paris, France, October 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017

“Behold the Man,” Museum de Fundatie, Paleis aan de Blijmarkt, Zwolle, The Netherlands, October 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017

“Thicker than water. Family concepts in contemporary art,” Kunstpalais, Stadt Erlangen, Germany, September 24, 2016 – November 27, 2016

“La sfida dell'artista al suo modello in un secolo di fotografia e disegno,” Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy, September 16, 2016 – January 8, 2017

“The Lives of Others: Portraits from the Photography collection,” Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, IL, September 9, 2016 – January 1, 2017

“Inszeniert! Spektakel und Rollenspiel in der Gegenwartskunst,” Sammlung Goetz Collection, Kunsthalle Munich, Munich, Germany, August 19 – November 6, 2016; catalogue

“Invisible Adversaries: Marieluise Hessel Collection,” Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, June 25 – September 18, 2016; catalogue

“Found,” The Foundling Museum, London, UK, May 27 – September 4, 2016

“House 2016: Gillian Wearing, A Room With Your Views,” Brighton Festival, University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, UK, April 30 – May 29, 2016

“Portrait De L’artiste En Alter,” FRAC – Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France, April 28 – September 4, 2016

“Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, March 20 – July 31, 2016; catalogue

“On How to Become a Real Person,” Museum für Neue Kunst – Stadtische Musseen Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, March 18 – July 7, 2016

“ICH,” Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany, March 10 – May 29, 2016; catalogue

“Video oediV,” Campbelltown Arts Centre C-A-C, Campbelltown, Australia, January 16 – March 22, 2016



“DLA Piper Series: Constellations,” Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK, 2015 – 2016 

“Ich / Nicht ich. Selbstporträts,” Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland, November 27, 2015 – February 28, 2016; catalogue

“Vanità/Vanitas,” Museo Ettore Fico, Turin, Italy, October 31, 2015 – February 28, 2016

“Contemporary Photography from North-West Europe: Tom Sandberg. Around Myself,” Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Modena, Italy, September 18, 2015 – January 10, 2016

“The Great Mother,” curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy, August 25 – November 15, 2015; catalogue 

“A Taste of Things to Come,” Ocean Studios, Plymouth, UK, August 1 – October 31, 2015

"Álbum de Família," Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 1 – September 19, 2015

“Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today,” Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China, July 12 – August 23, 2015

“14th East End Film Festival,” Barbican, London, UK, July 1 – 12, 2015

“Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening,” Barbican Centre, London, UK, June 27 – July 26, 2015

“Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, June 21 – September 13, 2015; catalogue

“Fire and forget, On violence,” KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, June 14 – August 30, 2015

“20 Years of Collecting: Between Discovery and Invention,” Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK, April 30 – August 16, 2015

“Eye to Eye: Looking Beyond Likeness in Portraiture,” Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, March 8 – May 17, 2015

“FRAMING DESIRE: Photography and Video,” Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX, February 21 – August 23, 2015

“Partial Presence,” Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK, January 29 – February 22, 2015

“Self,” Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, January 24 – May 10, 2015


"About Town: Video Art in Southside," Southside district, Birmingham, UK, November 13 – 16, 2014

“Body Doubles,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 25, 2014 – April 19, 2015

“My Private World,” Sammlung Verbund Wien, Vienna, Austria, October 1, 2014 – March 25, 2015
"The Bigger Picture: Work from the 1990s," Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY, June 12 – August 1, 2014
"Vincent Van Gogh Biennial Award Exhibition," Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands, September 6, 2014 – February 15, 2015
"(Mis)Understanding Photography: Works and Manifestos," Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, June 14 – August 17, 2014
"New Generation," Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France, May 17 – December 31, 2014
"A Secret Affair: Selections From The Fuhrman Family Collection," The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX, May 3 – August 24, 2014; travels to The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY, February 21 – May 16, 2015; catalogue
"Liebe," Wilhelm-Hack Museum
, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany, March 22 – June 29, 2014
"40 Years of Women Artists - from the Permanent Collection," The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK, March 8 – June 29, 2014

"Cranford Collection: Out of the House," Sala de Arte Santander, Madrid, Spain, February 9 – June 16, 2013
"NYC 1993," New Museum, New York, NY, February 13 - May 26, 2013

"About Face," Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2012 - April 30th, 2013
"Here in Your Space," Grand Central Art Center, California State University Fullerton, CA, February 4- April 15, 2012
"Self-portraits," Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, September 14, 2012- January 13, 2013
"Matters of Fact," Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, March 18 – May 27, 2012

"Persona: A Body in Paris," Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, September 17 – December 11, 2011
"Summer Exhibition 2011," Royal Academy of Arts, London, England, June 7 – August 15, 2011
"Ingvild Goetz Collection," Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, February 2011 - 2014
"Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Works," Alison Jacques Gallery, London, England, January 19-March 19

"Aware: Art Fashion Identity," GSK Contemporary, Royal Academy of Arts, London, December 2 – January 30, 2011
"The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, August 1 – November 1, 2010
"Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection," The UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, July 3- January 30, 2011
"XIV Biennale Internazionale di Scultura di Carrara: Postmonument," Curated by Fabio Cavallucci, Teatro degli Animosi, Carrara, Italy, June 26- October 31, 2010
"Kurt," Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, May 13- September 6, 2010
"Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance," Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, March 26 – September 6, 2010; travels to the Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain, November 6, 2010 – March 31, 2011
"Rewind: 1970s to 1990s Works from the MCA Collection," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, March 13- September 5, 2010
"Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection," New Museum, New York, March 3 – June 6, 2010
"The Talent Show," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 27 – August 15, 2010; travels to MoMA PS1, New York, December 12 – April 4, 2011; travels to Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, May 7 – August 21, 2011; travels to USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL, September 30 – December 10, 2011
"Party!," The New Art Gallery Wallsall, Walsall, England, February 12 – April 18, 2010

"Reach of Realism," Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, North Miami, FL, December 1, 2009 – February 21, 2010
"British Subjects: Identity and Self-Fashioning," Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY, September 13 – December 13, 2009
"Contemporary Outlook: Seeing Songs," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, July 1, 2009 – February 21, 2010
"One Upon a Time… Artists and Storytelling," Somerset House, London, June 25 – July 26, 2009
"Royal Academy Summer Exhibition," Royal Academy, London, June 8 – August 16, 2009
"DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture," Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England, May 1, 2009 – April 1, 2012

"Worlds on Video," Centro di Cultura Contemporanea, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy, September 19 – November 2, 2008
"TARANTULA," The Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in collaboration with MIA – Milano in Alto, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, June 30, 2008 – July 27, 2008
"History in the Making: A Retrospective of the Turner Prize," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, April 25 – July 13, 2008
"Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art," Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK, March 6 – May 18, 2008; catalogue
"Print the Legend: The Myth of the West," The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, March 1 – May 4, 2008

"Mask," James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, December 13, 2007 – January 26, 2008
"Irish Museum of Modern Art," Sala Kubo-Kutxa, San Sebastian, Spain, October 25, 2007 – January 20, 2008
"First Person," University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara, CA, October 17, 2007 – May 11, 2008
"Existencias," Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain, September 21, 2007 – January 6, 2008
"Shoot the Family," Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, OH, September 13 – November 7, 2007
"Talking Pictures," K 21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany, August 18 – November 4, 2007
"Passion Complex: Selected Works from the Albright-Knox At Gallery," 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, August 1 – November 11, 2007
"Role Exchange," Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, June 29 – August 3, 2007
"Held Together with Water," Art from the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, Austria, May 9 – September 16, 2007
"Global Feminisms," The Brooklyn Museum, New York, March 23 – July 1, 2007
"Elsewhere?," Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan, Italy, March 15 – May 16, 2007

"Aftershock: Contemporary British Art (1990-2006)," Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, December 15, 2006 – February 4, 2007
"Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples/1960 to Now," Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 15, 2006 – January 1, 2007
"Before the Camera: Remaking Reality and the Make-believe," Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL, October 14, 2006 - January 7, 2007
"Masquerade: Role-Playing in Self-Portraiture—Photographs from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, October 12 – January 7, 2007
"Raconte-moi/ Tell Me," Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, July 1 – September 3, 2006
"The Monty Hall Problem," curated by Slater Bradley, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, July 1 – August 19, 2006
"Of Mice and Men," 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, March 25 – June 5, 2006
"Local Stories," Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England, March 7 – April 30, 2006
"Me, Myself and I: Artist Self-Portraits from the Heather & Tony Podesta Collection," Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, March 16 – May 7, 2006
"Family Pictures," Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, February 9 – April 16, 2007
"Shoot the Family," curated by Independent Curators International, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, February 4 – April 2, 2006; travels to Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN, June 23 – September 3, 2006; Western Gallery, Western Washington University,
Bellingham, Washington, October 2 – December 1, 2006; cat.
"Making History: Art and Documentary in Britain from 1929 to Now," Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England, February 3 – April 23, 2006; cat.
"Portraits of Artists: A selection of photographic works from the collection," Luhring Augustine, New York, January 7 – February 11, 2006

"Family Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Collection of the Guggenheim Museum," organized by Jennifer Blessing, Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland, September 28 – December 23, 2005; cat.
"Person of the Crowd," organized by David Little, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, October 21, 2005 – January 14, 2006
"Auf beiden Seiten des Rheins – Mouvement," Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, October 15, 2005 – February 12, 2006
Rencontres D'arles Festival, Arles, France, July – September 2005
"New Work/ New Acquisitions (Media)," Museum of Modern Art, New York, June 29 – September 16, 2005
"Body: New Art from the UK," Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, May – September 2005
"Emotional Realism," Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax, Canada, May – June 2005
"Bidibidobidiboo," curated by Francesco Bonami, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Turin, Italy, May 31 – October 2, 2005
"Getting Emotional," Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, May 19 – September 4, 2005
"Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video," CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, January 19 – March 19, 2005; travels to the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; cat.

"Monument to Now," Deste-Nea Ionia Exhibition Space, curated by Dan Cameron, Alison M. Gingeras, Massimiliano Gioni, Nancy Spector, and Jeffrey Deitch, Athens, Greece, June 22 – December 31, 2004

“Manifesta 5,” Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, June 11 – September 30, 2004; catalogue
"Revolving Doors," Fundación Telefónica, Madrid
"Social Creatures: How body becomes art," Sprengel Museum Hannover
"Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today," Whitechapel, London, UK, December 3 – March 6, 2005

"Outlook – International Art Exhibition 2003," Technopolis, Benaki Museum, and The Factory, Athens, Greece, October 25, 2003 – January 25, 2004
"Inaugural Exhibition," Regen Projects. Los Angeles, February 25 – March 8, 2003
"Strange Days," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
"Synopsis III - Fiction and Reality," National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
"Micropolitics I. Art and Everyday Life: 2001 – 1989," Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló, January 10 – March 30, 2003
"The Ends of History," The collection of the IAC FRAC, Rhones-Alpes, in ten locations in Chambéry, organized by Institut d'Art Contemporain Villeurbanne, November 7, 2003- February 9, 2004
"Happiness: a survival guide for art & life," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

"Touch: Relational Art from the 1990's to Now," curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, San Francisco Art
Institute Walter and McBean Galleries, October 18 – December 14
"Die Wohltat der kunst: Post\Feministische Positionen der 90er Jahre aus der Sammlung Goetz," Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden
"Coming of Age," The New Art Gallery, Walsall
"To Whom it May Concern," California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco
"I Promise it's Political," Museum Ludwig, Cologne
"Remix: Contemporary Art and Pop," Tate Liverpool
"Bienal de São Paulo," Sao Paulo, Brazil
"The Video Show," Centraal Museum, Utrecht
"Acquisitions 2001 – Part 1: Photographs, Video Installations, Video," National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

"Revolving Doors," curated by: Montse Badia, apexart curatorial program, New York, November
14- December 22
"Die Wohltat Der Kunst - Post/Feministische Positionen der 90er Jahre aus der Sammlung Goetz," Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, September 14 - November 10
"Let's Entertain," Co-produced by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee national d'art moderne, Paris; travels to Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, September 13 - November 18, cat.
"Inner State of Health: The Person in the Mirror of Contemporary Art," Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein, Germany, September 9 – October 28, 2001
"Birmingham," Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England, July 18 – September 2, 2001
"Sous influence," Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, March 10 - May 6
"Film Festival Rotterdam," Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
"W," Centre d'Art Mobile, Besançon, France
"No World Without You: Reflections of Identity in New British Art," Herzliya Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Biennale de Lyon Art Contemporain 2001, Lyon, France
Milano Europa 2001, Palazzo della Triannale, Milan, Italy
"Confidence pour confidence," Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
"Video Evidence," Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, NY
"Century City," Tate Modern, London
"Telling Tales: Narrative Impulses in Recent Art," Tate Liverpool

"Scopophilia: Pleasure in Looking," The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
"Autowerke," Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
"Intelligence: New British Art 2000," Tate Britain, London
"Puerile '69," The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík
"Tate Modern Collection," Tate Modern, London
"Sydney Biennale," Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
"Docudrama," Bury St. Edmunds Art Gallery, Bury St. Edmunds
"Tate Britain Collection," Tate Gallery, London
"Let's Entertain," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and touring
"Quotidiana," Castello di Rivoli, Turin
"Makeshift," ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas

"Rewind to the Future," Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn and Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
"People," Le Spot, contemporary art centre, Le Harve
"Hundstage," Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen
"Ex-Change," La Criee-Centre d'Art Contemporain, Rennes
"The Viewing Room," Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City
"This Other World of Ours," TV Gallery, Moscow
"Rattling the Frame: The Photographic Space 1974-1999," SF Camerawork, San Francisco
"La Coscienza Luccicante," Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
6th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
"Garden of Eros," Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, Barcelona
"Common People," Fondazione Sandretto re Rebaudengo per l'Arte, Turin
"Sweetie: Female Identity in British Video," The British School at Rome
"Searchlight: Consciousness at the Millennium," The California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland
"Private Room / Public Space," Almeers Centrum Hedendaagse Kunst, Al Almere, The Netherlands

"La Concienza Luccicante," Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
"In Visible Light," Moderna Museet, Stockholm
"Fast Forward Body Check," Kunstverein, Hamburg
"Sensation - Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection,"
Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
"Contemporary British Art," The Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Galerija Dante Marino Cettina, Umag, Croatia
"UK Maximum Diversity," Galerie Krinzinger, Bregenz and Künste Wein, Vienna, Austria
"A Collection in the Making," The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
"Internationale Foto Triennale/Photography as Concept," Galerien der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen, Germany
"Made in London," Musea de Electricidade, Lisbon
"La Sphere de L'Intime," Le Printemps de Cahors, Saint-Cloud, France
"Real/Life: New British Art," Japanese Museum Tour, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art
Musée du Rochechouart, (with Valerie Jouve and Rineke Dijkstra), Rochechouart, France
"Videorama," Depot, Kunst und Diskussion, Vienna, Austria
"White Noise," Kunsthalle Berne, Switzerland
"ENGLISH ROSE in Japan (with Tracey Emin & Georgina Starr)," The Ginza Artspace, Tokyo, Japan

"The Turner Prize 1997," Tate Gallery, London
"Private Face - Urban Space," co-organised by the Hellenic Art Galleries Association & The Rethymnon Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens & Rethymnon, Greece
"Strange days- British Contemporary Photography," Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy; cat.
"Tales from the City," Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
"Sensation," Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Art, London
"Pictura Britannica: Art from Britain," Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, traveling to Adelaide, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand
"Projects," The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
"Package Holiday - New British Art in the Ophiuchus Collection," The Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece
"Splash," AAC Galerie Weimar, Germany
"I.D.," Nouveau Musee, Villeurbanne, France
"Gillian Wearing/Barbara Visser," Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
"S.L. Simpson Gallery," Toronto, Canada
"In Visible Light: Photography and Classification in Art," Science and the Everyday, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

"I.D.," Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
"Life / Live," co - curated by Laurence Bosse & Hans-Ulrich Obrist, ARC (Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), France
"Full House -Young British Art," Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
"Playpen & Corpus Delirium," Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland
"a/drift: Scenes From the Penetrable Culture," curated by Joshua Decter, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York
"The Aggression of Beauty," Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin
"Electronic Undercurrents - Art & Video in Europe," The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
"Private View, Contemporary Art in the Bowes Museum," Barnard Castle, County Durham, co-curated by Penelope Curtis and Veit Görner, organised by the Henry Moore Institute
The Fifth New York Video Festival,
The Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York
"Toyama Now '96," curated by Iwona Blazwick,
The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
"The Cauldron," Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
"NowHere," (Incandescent, curator Laura Cottingham),
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
"Auto-reverse 2," Centre National D'Art Contemporain Grenoble, France
"Traffic," CAPC Musée Contemporain Bordeaux, France
"Imagined Communities," Oldham Art Gallery; John Hansard Gallery,
Southampton; Firstsite, Colchester; Walsall Museum & Art Gallery; Royal Festival Hall, London;
Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
"Pandaemonium," London Festival of Moving Images, I.C.A, London

"X/Y," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
“Campo 95,” curated by Francesco Bonami, on the occasion of the 1995 Venice Biennale, Corderie dell’Arsenale, Venice, Italy, June – July 1995; traveled to Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l’Arte, Turin, Italy, October 20 – December 31, 1995; Konstmuseet, Malmö, Sweden, February 11 – April 8, 1996; catalogue 
"Sage," Galerie Michel Rien, Tours, France
"It's not a picture," Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
"Brilliant! New Art from London," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
"Brill: Works on Paper by Brilliant Artists,"
Montgomerie Glasgoe Fine Art, Minneapolis
"British Art Show 4," touring Great Britain; cat.
"Mysterium Alltag, Kampnagel, Hamburg, (with Jane & Louise Wilson, Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin)
Aperto '95, Nouveau Musée, Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
"Hotel Mama (Aperto '95)," Kunstraum, Wein, Austria
"Make Believe," Royal College of Art, London
"Mobius Strip," Basilico Fine Arts, New York
"Hello!" Andréhn - Schiptjenko, Stockholm
"Gone," Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, (with Bas Jan Ader, Sam Durant, and Rainer Ganahl)

"Le Shuttle," Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
"3.016.026," Theoretical Events, Naples
"Uncertain Identity," Galerie Analix B & L Polla, Geneva
"Fuori Fase," Via Farini, Milan
"Domestic Violence," curated by Alison Jacques, Gio Marconi's House, Milan
"R.A.S," curated by Gianni Romano, Galerie Analix B & L. Polla, Geneva
"Not Self-Portrait," Karsten Schubert, London

"BT Young Contemporaries," Cornerhouse, Manchester, Orchard Gallery, Derry, The Maplin Art
Gallery, Sheffield, City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland
"Okay Behaviour," 303 Gallery, New York
"Mandy Loves Declan 100%," Mark Boote Gallery, New York
"2 into 1," Centre 181 Gallery, London
"Vox Pop," Laure Genillard Gallery, London

"Instruction," Marconi Gallery, Milan
"British Art Group Show," Le Musee des Beaux Arts dans Le Havre, France

"Piece Talks," Diorama Art Centre, London
"Clove 1," The Clove Building, London
"Empty Gestures," Diorama Art Centre, London


Public Commissions:



“Gillian Wearing: Diane Arbus,” Public Art Fund, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York, NY, October 20, 2021 – August 14, 2022



Statue of Millicent Fawcett, Parliament Square, London, UK, 2018



“A Real Danish Family,” Danish Broadcasting Corporation, and Statens Museum for Kunst, Kunsthal Aarhus, and the City of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016



“A Real Birmingham Family,” organized by Ikon, Centenary Square, Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, 2014



“Family Monument,” Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy, March 24 – June 10, 2007



The Novels that Shaped Our World, BBC Two, November 2019



52 minutes silence, cover for the Evening Standard Magazine, July 7, 2017

"South Bank Show," London Weekend Television

Guest editor, Documents sur L'art

"Rooseum Video Programme," Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, SwedenHolly Street Estate Art Project, London

Public Collections:

ARC, Paris, France
Arts Council of Great Britain, London, UK
The British Council, London, UK
Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Citibank, USA
Contemporary Art Society, London, UK
Dakis Joannou Collection Foundation, Athens, Greece
Deutsche Bank, Germany
Ellipse Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Frans Hals Museum De Hallen Haarlem, The Netherlands
Fundació "la Caixa", Barcelona, Spain
Fundacio Telefonica, Madrid, Spain
The Government Art Collection, London, UK
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburger, Germany
The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Institut d’Art Contemporain Collection FRAC, Rhône-Alpes, France
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Leon, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Ophiuchus Collection, Greece
The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK
South London Gallery, London, UK
Simmons & Simmons, London, UK
Tate Britain, London, UK
The Arts Council Collection, London, UK
The British Council, London, UK
The Cranford Collection, London, UK
The Government Art Collection, London, UK
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK



Commander of the Order of the British Empire



University of London Honorary Degree
Cincinnati Art Museum Schiele Prize



University of the Arts London Honorary Fellow


Officer of the Order of the British Empire

Royal Academy of Arts Royal Academician
Grazia o2 X Award for Art

British Television Advertising Award, Public Service: Gold

Oberhausen Short Film Festival Prize of the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Urban Development, Culture and Sport

Tate Turner Prize


New Contemporaries BT New Contemporaries Award