Nathan Coley graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1989 with a BA in Fine Art and has had solo exhibitions at Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon in 2001 and Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster in 2000. His work relating the trial of the Lockerbie bombers was included in Days Like These, a group exhibition at Tate Britain in 2003.
Nathan Coley is an artist whose work questions the way in which the values of a society are reflected in its architecture. His work is based around an interest in public space, and addresses issues such as the importance of place, the social value of architecture and the meaning and relevance of contemporary monuments. Coley has become known for works of public sculpture, yet this is only one part of his practice.
Nathan Coley was nominated for the Turner Prize 2007 for his exhibition at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, the public installation Camouflage Church, Santiago de Compostela, Spain and his contribution to the group exhibition Breaking Step - Displacement, Compassion and Humour in Recent British Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia.
For his solo exhibition this summer, Coley has made a new work co-commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion and Haunch of Vension. Palace (2008) is a large scale sculpture - 10 x 6 m - which takes the form of a Western Saloon façade.
Visitors can explore Palace by looking at it, round it , on it or through it.
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