Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning

Man leaning against a tree wearing a yellow jacket with a red flower

Ingrid Pollard, Self Evident, 1995 (detail), © and courtesy the artist




12 March-29 May

Curated by Gilane Tawadros, with the artist

Ingrid Pollard (born Georgetown, Guyana) is one of the leading figures in contemporary British art. This first major survey of her 40-year career includes delicately hand-tinted landscape photographs, a flotilla of small ceramic boats and a cast of protagonists that includes boxers, musicians, tango dancers and writers. The exhibition also includes two new works – a film that meditates on the human body as it moves through space and time, and a triptych of monumental, dynamic sculptures that reference our shared history of power relations and resurgence.

Pollard is renowned for using portrait and landscape photography to question our relationship with the natural world and to interrogate social constructs such as Britishness, race, sexuality and identity. Working across a variety of techniques from photography, printmaking, drawing and installation to artists’ books, video and audio, she combines meticulous research and experimental processes to make art that is at once deeply personal and socially resonant.

This exhibition is supported by Freelands Foundation and the Freelands Award 2020. Pollard’s work is held in public collections including Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She lives and works in Northumberland, UK.

Winner of the Freelands Award 2020. Exhibition supported by Freelands Foundation.

Supported by a Publications Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Association for Art History. An Exhibition Organised by MK Gallery in partnership with Turner Contemporary


Tickets are required – advance booking is recommended but tickets are often available on the day.

Opening Times

Exhibition open:
Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–5pm

Café/Bar/Shop open late:
Tuesday, Friday & Saturday to 7.30pm