Ellie Harrison’s practice emerges from her continual attempt to strike-a-balance between the roles of ‘artist’, ‘activist’ and ‘administrator’.
She uses skills and strategies drawn from each of these perspectives to create playful and engaging work, in-and-out of art world contexts, which aims to expose and challenge the systems which control and rule over our lives, be they political, ethical, social or economic. Her work takes a variety of forms including performance spectacles, interactive installations, collaborative projects, political campaigns, media interventions, lectures, websites and coach trips.
In 2010, as a reaction to cuts in arts funding she devised and launched the Artists’ Lottery Syndicate - a 40-strong collective of artists joining forces to attempt to win the jackpot over the course of a year. In 2009 she founded the Bring Back British Rail campaign and became the first individual artist to openly publicise an Environmental Policy on her website.