Gillian Wearing: Living Proof

Thu 5 Oct 2006–
Sun 3 Dec 2006

ACCA Main Exhibition Gallery

The first major survey of works by renowned British artist, Gillian Wearing, was also her largest exhibition to date. ACCA worked with Gillian to create an exhibition that included some of her best known and most recent works. For the first time Australian audiences were able to see the entire set of Signs that say what you want them to say and not what other people want you to say, 2 into 1, the Turner prize project 10-16, and the astounding Family Album, Drunk and Snapshot, along with many other works.

Progression through the exhibition emphasised the strong element of portraiture and self observation that Wearing brings to her subjects, as well as her exploration of photography, film and TV documentary as ways of ‘fixing’ the subject. Sometimes harrowing, also humourous, Wearing’s works struck a particular chord for ACCA’s visitors.

Commissioning Curator: Juliana Engberg

Gillian Wearing: Living Proof

In the Press
1 October, The Age, Gaga for ghastly
10 October, The Australian, Life through a gritty lens
25 October, The Age, Veins of deception and cruelty evoke the best of British bathos
8 November, Herald Sun, Wearing out her welcome


Gillian Wearing