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Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker was born in Cheshire in 1956. She studied at the Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and at Wolverhampton Polytechnic before receiving her MA Fine Art from the University of Reading in 1982.  Her first major solo exhibition, Thirty Pieces of Silver, took place at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 1988.  In 1997 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and in 2010 she was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts and became an OBE. 

Cornelia Parker’s work is held in numerous collections worldwide including Tate, London; British Council, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut. She has taken part in many exhibitions internationally: she was included in the tenth Gwanju Biennale in South Korea in 2014 and Found, an exhibition for the Foundling Museum, London that she curated in 2016, which included work by over 60 contemporary artists.

Recent solo exhibitions include One Day This Glass Will Break at Alan Cristea Gallery and Cornelia Parker at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, both in 2015. Parker was commissioned by Terrace Wires in collaboration with HS1 and the Royal Academy of Arts to make One More Time for St. Pancras International Station, London in 2015.  In the same year she also made Magna Carta (An Embroidery), a commission by the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford in partnership with the British Library, London. 

In 2016 she was the first woman artist to be given the Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where she created Transitional Object (Psychobarn). Parker was the UK’s official Election Artist for the 2017 General Election.

Alan Cristea Gallery has been publishing Parker’s editions since 2008. Parker lives and works in London.

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