Christine Borland

Christine Borland is an artist based in Argyll, Scotland and a Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria University.  In 1994 Borland ordered a female, human skeleton as the starting point for her project From Life at Glasgow’s Tramway. Since then her works in exhibitions and outdoor public spaces have explored our physical and psychological sense of self in relation to society’s institutions; of science, medicine, museology and academia.

A major new body of work has recently been developed collaboratively with artist Brody Condon, Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen which reinterpreted two oral histories as a sculpture in jacquard cards, installed in a 19th century graveyard watchtower for Edinburgh Art Festival 2013; and an ambitious, performative and on-going project; Circles of Focus (CCA Glasgow 2015 and Stroom Den Haag 2016) in which Borland and Condon work with donors to interrogate the potential of body donation for artistic as well as scientific research.

Borland is currently undertaking an Art Fund & 14 - 18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commission resulting in a new permanent work at Glasgow Museums, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in 2018. 

Link to publications


For further information see:


The Cultural Negotiation of Science  
Department of Arts  
Northumbria University 

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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