Ellie Harrison was born in London in 1979. She studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and Goldsmiths College, London before moving to Glasgow in 2008 to undertake a Leverhulme Scholarship on the MFA programme.
Her research is concerned with the ethical implications of choosing the career of artist in the twenty-first century. She advocates an approach to practice in which the artist becomes adept at switching between different ‘hats’ – moving between direct political action and more frivolous art world spectacle in order to raise questions about and challenge different aspects of our current political and economic order.
Whilst studying on the MFA programme she became the first individual artist to openly publicise an Environmental Policy on her website and launched the Bring Back British Rail campaign, calling for an end to private interest in public transport.
In 2010 she set up and launched the Artists’ Lottery Syndicate. She currently acts as Syndicate Secretary for the forty-strong collective of UK based artists attempting to win the jackpot in the coming year.