Tacita Dean graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 1988; studied at the Supreme School of Fine Art, Athens and took her Masters at the Slade School of Fine Art 1990 – 1992.
She trained as a painter, but is best known as a filmmaker. Her poignant narratives, which fuse fiction and reality, are imbued with elliptical allusions. Her abiding themes are the sea and architectural relics.
She was awarded the 2006 Hugo Boss Prize, the DAAD Fellowship, and in 1998 was short-listed for the Turner Prize. In 2011-12, her piece FILM was featured in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern as part of the Unilever series. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2013.