Artist. Gillian C. Wearing, CBE, RA, was born on 6 December 1963 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, (now Birmingham, West Midlands), a daughter of Bryan J. Wearing and Jean R. Wearing née Gregory. She came to London to study at the Chelsea School of Art and was the winner of the 1997 Turner Prize. In 2007 she was elected as lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
As a conceptual artist, she was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to art in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List. In the 2019 New Year Honours List she was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to art.