LONDON.- Born in Loughborough in 1967, Nelson is internationally acclaimed for his meticulous sculptural installations. He was the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Award in 2001 and has twice been short-listed for the Turner Prize. One of his large-scale installations, "The Coral Reef", 2000, acquired by Tate in 2008, will be shown in the new Collection Displays at Tate Britain from 17 May 2010. His most recent work, "Quiver of Arrows", 2010, can currently be seen in a solo exhibition at 303 Gallery, New York until 10 April.
Nelsons work has been presented in major group and solo exhibitions throughout the world. These include: the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2001); 49th Venice Biennale (2001); 13th Sydney Biennale (2002); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2002); 8th International Istanbul Biennial (2003); Modern Art Oxford (2004); 26th São Paulo Bienal (2004); Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (2008); Creative Time, New York (2008); Tate Triennial (2009).
Mike Nelson lives and works in London. He is represented in the UK by Matts Gallery, London, and internationally by Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, and 303 Gallery, New York.
The UKs presentation at the Venice Biennale is selected by a panel of arts experts drawn from across the UK. The members of this panel change for every edition of the Biennale.
For the 2011 Venice Biennale, the Selection Committee consisted of : Rachel Campbell-Johnson, Art Critic, The Times ; Christoph Grunenberg, Director Tate Liverpool ; Nav Haq, Curator, Arnolfini, Bristol ; Keith Hartley, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh ; Hugh Mulholland, Director, The Third Space Gallery, Belfast ; Karen McKinnon, Curator, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea ; Richard Riley, Head of Exhibitions, Visual Arts, British Council ; Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery, London ; Godfrey Worsdale, Director, BALTIC, Gateshead.