Marie Yates was born and raised in Greater Manchester, England in 1940 and is one of a few distinctive British feminist and conceptual artists of her generation.

She began exhibiting her artworks in the early 60's, and by the 1980s and 90s, was well-known throughout Britain, showing in the main British galleries such as the ICA, Riverside Studios, Midland Group and Arnolfini as well as the regional public galleries plus The New Museum in New York and other venues in the US and Europe.
In the early 1960s she was known as a St.Ives abstract painter and then later in London as an environmental sculptor. She further developed her work through photography and continues to work presently through projection and installation projects. She is known for her conceptual works addressing issues of representation, signification and sexual difference, in the form of installation, images and text.

From 1970 her work focussed on the dynamics between text and image using photography and from 1978 onwards taking in ideology, sexual difference, and fantasy, using montage and mixed media.
She exhibited widely. Her installation works have appeared in many public sites in Britain and abroad, and are in the collections of the Arts Council of England, British Council, Royal West of England Academy, Tate Gallery and in private collections.
Her first major solo exhibitions were in 1973 at Arnolfini, and The Midland Group Gallery. She also exhibited in many women's group shows in the 1980s contributing to curating, organising and speaking at conferences and feminist events up and down the country.

She studied Fine Art at Hornsey College of Art from 1968-1971 and Social Anthropology at University College from 1977-79. She received a Masters in Photographic Studies from the University of Derby in 1988.

Marie Yates taught Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, Leeds University, Chelsea School of Art, Goldsmith’s College, University of London, and Photography and Media at the University of the Arts London, as well as in many other Fine Art departments across the country.

Around 1991 she left London for Greece where she continues to work exploring psychoanalysis, politics and media and embarked on the use of digital techniques to further her explorations.

She has used her unique approach to photography combined with text, and installation to achieve highly personal explorations of landscape, images of women, representation, sexual politics, and the media, and her main interest is in how we read an image. She presents the notion of art as a social construct rather than an object or image-based aesthetic experience. She creates work that questions meaning and is known for her conceptual artworks which have laid the foundation for this current generation's conceptual turn.

Her works are in the collections of TATE, Arts Council and The British Council.


Selected Exhibitions:

2021-2 TATE Britain: Spotlights - Marie Yates -The Only Woman 1985

2018 AKTION: Conceptual Art and Photography, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.

2018 Women Look At Women, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London.

2018 Virginia Woolf, TATE St.Ives

2017 Photo50 LondonArt Fair - Hemera Collective

2017 Looking Back to Think Forward, University of Leeds, Project Space:

2016 Some Dimensions of My Lunch: Marie Yates. Richard Saltoun Gallery, London

2016 The sun went in, the fire went out, Chelsea Space, London.

2015 Throwing Stones, Arnolfini, Bristol

2014 Vigilance: An Exhibition of Artists Books - Artists Space, New York