Marie Yates is known for her conceptual works addressing issues of representation, signification and sexual difference, in the form of installation, images and text, with photography and photomontage.

She has exhibited widely. Her installation works have appeared in many public sites in Britain and abroad, as well as in the collections of TATE, the Arts Council of England, the British Council. Cornwall County and the Royal West of England Academy and in private collections.

Her first major solo exhibition was in 1973 at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol. She also exhibited in many women's group shows, in the 1980s contributing to curating, organising and speaking at conferences and feminist events up and down the country.

Born in Leigh, Manchester, England in 1940, Marie Yates studied at Manchester Regional College of Art from 1957-9, and in 1968 she studied Fine Art at Hornsey College of Art from which she graduated in 1971, and The Royal College of Art with which she had an Association from 1971 to 1973. She also studied Social Anthropology at University College London 1977/8, and the M.A Course in Fine Art at Goldsmith's College of Art 1979 to 1981, and in 1989 received a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Derby in Photographic Studies.

From 1971 to 1991 she lectured at most of the Fine Art departments of the major art colleges of the United Kingdom, and retired from teaching in 1991 as Principal Lecturer in Media at the University of the Arts, London.

In 1991 she left England, to live in Greece. After a break of some years and a period of intense academic and theoretical study she began once more to construct fine art installation projects.regarding representation, language, sexual difference, and fantasy.