Marcia Farquhar

Marcia works in performance, photography, painting and object-making. Her site-specific works have been staged and exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, lecture theatres, kitchen showrooms, hotels, pubs, parks and leisure centres. Precariously balanced between the prescribed and the unpredictable - socially open, broadly embracing of circumstance, and resolutely focussed in the live and unrepeatable moment, her performances make frequent and subversive use of popular cultural forms such as pop-psychology, TV cookery, the Punch & Judy show, the fashion catwalk and the guided tour. Her work is conceptual in nature, but deeply personal, drawing on personal observations and the intricacies of interacting in everyday life.


found and donated objects, paint
various dimensions

Forgotten souvenirs, hand painted in grey gloss. Purchasing one of Marcia’s Souveniers involves a lucky dip; there is no way of knowing which item you will receive. This is part of the artwork.

performance, carved wood

An outsized rocking horse, a belated fulfillment of childhood wishes, delivers the full measure of oddly retarded adult behaviour, as the rider addresses notions of Englishness, class, the absurdity of language, Lewis Carroll, equestrian statuary and all matters equine, from Thelwell to Freud via Leonora...

performance with skip, wood, lectern, bench

A functioning outdoor lecture theatre constructed in a roadside refuse skip, and an ad hoc lecture series of variable proportions, a roadside attraction in which invited speakers and passers by lectured on what should be trashed and what not. In this image...

1999, 2013
performance, clothing, clothes rail, trestle tables

Revisited every seven years, this performed show focusses on clothing and the absurdity and desire attendant to dressing for everyday life. Introduced wearing her tartan flamenco dress to reflect her Scottish Spanish ancestry, Marcia takes us on a journey through her...

cake, icing, marble dust, resin

The result of what Marcia calls intimate casting, these cakes began as homemade and edible but were transitioned into an inedible future with the help of fellow artist Jane Asher.

Upcoming Exhibitions

SHOW, Dilston Grove, Cafe Gallery Projects, London

Performances, Exhibitions and Other Projects

AudioArthole, online, ongoing . . .
Acts of Clothing, City of Women, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Rooty Tooty, performance, film and ice cream, Whitstable Biennale
Rosebud, Buffet d’Art, Berlin   
Which Patterson, Camden Arts Centre, London
Vox Box, performance lecture, LADA, London

12 Shooters, screening, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Vox Box, Matt’s Gallery, London.
And I, 8 hour film with Reynir Hutber
Old Dears, Chelsea Theatre, London
Heart of Glass, Saint Helens
Autoplayer, Steak House Live

Larger Than Life, Grand Union, Birmingham
Pushing Sixty, ongoing writing commission, Berlin
Mind Your Heads, O’Toole Theatre, Newark, Lincolnshire
With Singles, Horse Hospital, London
The Long Haul, PSI, Stanford University, California
Acts of Clothing, Pallazo Zenobio, Venice
Mollusc, LIMBO, Margate
Goldfish Memory, Royal Academy, London
Flaxman Exchange, UCL, London
Signing In, Woburn Square, London
Another Ride, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire


Mind Your Heads, performance and installation, The Friary, Lincoln
Split Guitars and Other Tales, Brighton Marina, Brighton
Chapter 61: Stubb Kills a Whale, MOBY-DICK BIG READ (reader),
Dressing for Four, MOBY-DICK BIG READ (Chapter 71 as artist),
Open University, Bournemouth beachside, Bournemouth Third Eye, Tintype Gallery, London
1,OOO Contradictory Theories, Boscombe, Bournemouth Damp Squib Show, LUPA, London
The Horse is a Noble Animal, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire

The Common Room, radio play, Resonance 104.4 FM.
Absent Friends, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
The Open University, Trashing Performance, London.
The Horse is a Noble Animal, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Onwards Tour,  SLG /Southbank, London
Mothball, Barbican, London
Fresh Tips, Queen Mary College, London

The Horse is a Noble Animal, Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire
The Omnibus, National Review of Live Art, The Arches, Glasgow
To The Shelter, in ‘Dead Season’, Substation, Margate

12 Shooters national tour: Horse Hospital, London; Arnolfini, Bristol; Bluecoats, Liverpool; Chapter, Cardiff; Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and The Arches, Glasgow 

Catwalk, Brr Festival, Porto, Portugal
Publication of Marcia Farquhar’s 12 Shooters, 192 pages, cloth-bound; Live Art Development Agency, London
Spectral Sisters, Myatt's Fields Park, London
Draw On, in ‘Drawing Exchange’, Spike Island, Bristol
Swazzled Reading, in ‘S.C.U.M. Manifesto’, Chelsea College of Art, London
Anonymous Gift, in ‘Base Campment’, National Review of Live Art, Glasgow

The Dangerous to Know Society, in ‘That Beautiful Pale Face Is My Fate (For Lord Byron)’, Nottingham Contemporary, Newstead Abbey, Nottingham
Black and White and Red All Over, Arnolfini, Bristol
Always Something There to Remind You, in ‘Aurora Borealis’, Spedition, Bremen
In & Out of Institutions, with Mark Macgowan, Synergy Center, Camberwell, London
12 Shooters, National Review of Live Art, Tramway, Glasgow
FARCO, in 'ARCO 08', Madrid

The Open University, in ‘Polytechnical Institute for the Study of the Expanding Field of Radical Urban Life’, Archway, London
Up My Street, in ‘Rational Rec’, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London
12 Shooters premier, South London Gallery, London
The Behind Closed Doors Tour, in ‘Check In Check Out’, Live Art UK, Great
Eastern Hotel, London
Phoning In, in ‘4.33’, Bregenz
The Better Picnic, in ‘Rights of Way’, Southwark Park, London
The Interpretation of Everyday Life, in ‘Surrealist Ball’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Come Back From Nowhere, Queen Mary College, University of London, London
Nuts In May, CCA, Glasgow
Lights On, No One at Home, in ‘Weltuntergang’, Galerie Crystal Ball, Berlin
A Tale About A Tale About A Tail, in ‘Entertainment... Promise!’, W.S. Bartlett, London
Acts of Clothing 7-Up, National Review of Live Art, Tramway, Glasgow
Miss Memory Recalls, in ‘Based on a True Story’, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork
Marcia Farquhar Is Sitting By The Telephone, in ‘So Sad’, Guy Hilton Gallery, Berlin/London

The Hole in the Ground Tour, walking tour for Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham
Lucky Dip, in Duckie’s ‘EuroShame 2006’, The Coronet, London
Untitled Bad Drawing, In 'Bad Drawing', University Galleries, Cincinatti
The Rake's Progress (Audio Guide), Sir John Soane's Museum, London

The Cabinet of Horribly Violent Glove Puppets, in ‘Variety Acts’, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
Alas Poor Humpty, Betsy’s Salon, London
Bingo Calling, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Doctors & Dreamers Game, South London Gallery, London
From Under Milk Wood, STAR Radio, Cardiff
Beano to Blustons, coach tour for Architecture Week, London
Pool of Fun and Games, home/Camberwell Leisure Centre, London
Fur Ball Revisited, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham
The Londoners, Toynbee Hall, London

Go Tell it to the Mountain, Szuper Gallery, Hong Kong
Fortune Cookie, home, London
Good Girl Bad Girl, Tor 47, Bremen
To the Power of Ten, Camberwell Leisure Centre, London
In Conversation, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
You’re Mine Tonight, in ‘Tonight’, Studio Voltaire, London
52 People Wearing the Same Suit, in ‘Sir Eel’, Redux, London
Reading in On Kawara’s One Million Years, Trafalgar Square, London
You Will Find Love in a Public Place, with Mark Noll, Galerie Herold, Bremen

Joy of Cooking, and La Farquhar, in Silke Thoss’ Big Shit Show, ‘Niemand ist eine Insel’, Bremen
Of Course She Jumped, in ‘Independence’, South London Gallery, London
Spirit Icing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
‘Hair the Show’, Tablet Gallery at the Tabernacle, London

Kitchen Front, Habitat Chelsea, London
Where Was I?, in ‘Sum of the Parts’, South London Gallery, London
Vestaire, ‘Club’, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers
Art Pal, Hamburg/London
Spring 2002, with Mark Noll, Kunstlerhaus, Hamburg
Readings from Gina Pane, with Caroline Bergvall, Arnolfini, Bristol

Crash Course, in ‘Brr Festival’, Porto
Soap, Design Museum, London
Coming Round Again, in ‘Being Close’, South London Gallery, London
Cloakroom, ‘Club’, Beaconsfield, London
Victim of Crime, Design Museum, London
2000    O is for Rocket, H is for Shark, with Jem Finer, ‘Studio Air’, Tram #8, Helsinki
Afternoons: Content May Vary, in ‘Deptford X’, Pepys Estate, London
Museli and Metzger, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London
Surprise Surprise, Virgin Megastore, London
I’ll Never Forget, Westland Place Gallery, London

81 Stories, in ‘Coffee Time’, Crowbar, London
Acts of Clothing, in ‘Intimate House’, South London Gallery, London
Walking Talking Living Yarn, in ‘Spin’, British Library, London