Marcia Farquhar

Marcia Farquhar 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 focused 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 paint.

Acts of Clothing

Performance, clothing, clothes rail, trestle tables

Acts of Clothing

Revisited every seven years, this performed show focuses on clothing and the absurdity and desire attendant to dressing for everyday life.

Open University

Performance with skip, wood, lectern, bench

Open University

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.


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.

The Horse is a Noble Animal

Performance, carved wood

The Horse is a Noble Animal

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 Carrington and DH Lawrence.

Solo Exhibitions

2018      SHOW, Dilston Grove, Cafe Gallery Projects, London

2016      AudioArthole, online (ongoing project) 

2016      Acts of Clothing, City of Women, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2016      Rooty Tooty, performance, film and ice cream, Whitstable Biennale

2016      Rosebud, Buffet d’Art, Berlin    Which Patterson, Camden Arts Centre, London

2016      Vox Box, performance lecture, LADA, London

2015      12 Shooters, screening, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2015      Vox Box, Matt’s Gallery, London.And I, 8 hour film with Reynir Hutber

2015      Old Dears, Chelsea Theatre, London

2015      Heart of Glass, Saint Helens

2015      Autoplayer, Steak House Live

2014      Larger Than Life, Grand Union, Birmingham

2014      Pushing Sixty, ongoing writing commission, Berlin

2014      Mind Your Heads, O’Toole Theatre, Newark, Lincolnshire

2014      With Singles, Horse Hospital, London

2014      The Long Haul, PSI, Stanford University, California 

2014      Acts of Clothing, Pallazo Zenobio, Venice

2014      Mollusc, LIMBO, Margate

2014      Goldfish Memory, Royal Academy, London

2014      Flaxman Exchange, UCL, London

2014      Signing In, Woburn Square, London

2014      Another Ride, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire 

2012      Mind Your Heads, performance and installation, The Friary, Lincoln

2012      Split Guitars and Other Tales, Brighton Marina, Brighton 

2012      Chapter 61: Stubb Kills a Whale, MOBY-DICK BIG READ (reader),

2012      Dressing for Four, MOBY-DICK BIG READ (Chapter 71 as artist),

2012      Open University, Bournemouth beachside, Bournemouth Third Eye, Tintype Gallery, London

2012      1,OOO Contradictory Theories, Boscombe, Bournemouth Damp Squib Show, LUPA, London

2012      The Horse is a Noble Animal, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire

2011      The Common Room, radio play, Resonance 104.4 FM.

2011      Absent Friends, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham The Open University, Trashing Performance, London.

2011      The Horse is a Noble Animal, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

2011      Onwards Tour,  SLG /Southbank, London

2011      Mothball, Barbican, London

2011      Fresh Tips, Queen Mary College, London

2010      The Horse is a Noble Animal, Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire

2010      The Omnibus, National Review of Live Art, The Arches, Glasgow

2009      To The Shelter, in ‘Dead Season’, Substation, Margate

2009–10      12 Shooters national tour: Horse Hospital, London; Arnolfini, Bristol; Bluecoats, Liverpool; Chapter, Cardiff; Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and The Arches, Glasgow 

2009      Catwalk, Brr Festival, Porto, Portugal

2009      Publication of Marcia Farquhar’s 12 Shooters, 192 pages, cloth-bound; Live Art Development Agency, London

2009      Spectral Sisters, Myatt's Fields Park, London

2009      Draw On, in ‘Drawing Exchange’, Spike Island, Bristol

2009      Swazzled Reading, in ‘S.C.U.M. Manifesto’, Chelsea College of Art, London

2009      Anonymous Gift, in ‘Base Campment’, National Review of Live Art, Glasgow

2008      The Dangerous to Know Society, in ‘That Beautiful Pale Face Is My Fate (For Lord Byron)’, Nottingham Contemporary, Newstead Abbey, Nottingham

2008      Black and White and Red All Over, Arnolfini, Bristol

2008      Always Something There to Remind You, in ‘Aurora Borealis’, Spedition, BremenIn & Out of Institutions, with Mark Macgowan, Synergy Center, Camberwell, London

2008      12 Shooters, National Review of Live Art, Tramway, Glasgow

2008      FARCO, in 'ARCO 08', Madrid

2007      The Open University, in ‘Polytechnical Institute for the Study of the Expanding Field of Radical Urban Life’, Archway, London

2007      Up My Street, in ‘Rational Rec’, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London

2007      12 Shooters premier, South London Gallery, London

2007      The Behind Closed Doors Tour, in ‘Check In Check Out’, Live Art UK, GreatEastern Hotel, London

2007      Phoning In, in ‘4.33’, Bregenz

2007      The Better Picnic, in ‘Rights of Way’, Southwark Park, London

2007      The Interpretation of Everyday Life, in ‘Surrealist Ball’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

2007      Come Back From Nowhere, Queen Mary College, University of London, London

2007      Nuts In May, CCA, Glasgow

2007      Lights On, No One at Home, in ‘Weltuntergang’, Galerie Crystal Ball, BerlinA Tale About A Tale About A Tail, in ‘Entertainment... Promise!’, W.S. Bartlett, London

2007      Acts of Clothing 7-Up, National Review of Live Art, Tramway, Glasgow

2007      Miss Memory Recalls, in ‘Based on a True Story’, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork

2007      Marcia Farquhar Is Sitting By The Telephone, in ‘So Sad’, Guy Hilton Gallery, Berlin/London

2006      The Hole in the Ground Tour, walking tour for Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham

2006      Lucky Dip, in Duckie’s ‘EuroShame 2006’, The Coronet, London

2006      Untitled Bad Drawing, In 'Bad Drawing', University Galleries, Cincinatti

2006      The Rake's Progress (Audio Guide), Sir John Soane's Museum, London

2005      The Cabinet of Horribly Violent Glove Puppets, in ‘Variety Acts’, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

2005      Alas Poor Humpty, Betsy’s Salon, London

2005      Bingo Calling, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

2005      The Doctors & Dreamers Game, South London Gallery, London

2005      From Under Milk Wood, STAR Radio, Cardiff

2005      Beano to Blustons, coach tour for Architecture Week, London

2005      Pool of Fun and Games, home/Camberwell Leisure Centre, London

2005      Fur Ball Revisited, Bonnington Gallery, NottinghamThe Londoners, Toynbee Hall, London

2004      Go Tell it to the Mountain, Szuper Gallery, Hong Kong

2004      Fortune Cookie, home, London

2004      Good Girl Bad Girl, Tor 47, BremenTo the Power of Ten, Camberwell Leisure Centre, London

2004      In Conversation, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2004      You’re Mine Tonight, in ‘Tonight’, Studio Voltaire, London

2004      52 People Wearing the Same Suit, in ‘Sir Eel’, Redux, London

2004      Reading in On Kawara’s One Million Years, Trafalgar Square, London

2004      You Will Find Love in a Public Place, with Mark Noll, Galerie Herold, Bremen

2003      Joy of Cooking, and La Farquhar, in Silke Thoss’ Big Shit Show, ‘Niemand ist eine Insel’, Bremen

2003      Of Course She Jumped, in ‘Independence’, South London Gallery, London

2003      Spirit Icing, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2003      ‘Hair the Show’, Tablet Gallery at the Tabernacle, London

2002      Kitchen Front, Habitat Chelsea, London

2002      Where Was I?, in ‘Sum of the Parts’, South London Gallery, London

2002      Vestaire, ‘Club’, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers

2002      Art Pal, Hamburg/London

2002     Spring 2002, with Mark Noll, Kunstlerhaus, Hamburg

2002      Readings from Gina Pane, with Caroline Bergvall, Arnolfini, Bristol

2001      Crash Course, in ‘Brr Festival’, PortoSoap, Design Museum, London

2001      Coming Round Again, in ‘Being Close’, South London Gallery, London

2001      Cloakroom, ‘Club’, Beaconsfield, London

2001      Victim of Crime, Design Museum, London

2000      O is for Rocket, H is for Shark, with Jem Finer, ‘Studio Air’, Tram #8, Helsinki

2000      Afternoons: Content May Vary, in ‘Deptford X’, Pepys Estate, London

2000      Museli and Metzger, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London

2000      Surprise Surprise, Virgin Megastore, London

2000      I’ll Never Forget, Westland Place Gallery, London

1999      81 Stories, in ‘Coffee Time’, Crowbar, London

1999      Acts of Clothing, in ‘Intimate House’, South London Gallery, London

1999      Walking Talking Living Yarn, in ‘Spin’, British Library, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

Other Projects

Residencies and Awards