Shirley CAMERON studied sculpture at the St Martin School of Art under Antony Caro. Whilst a student there, Cameron met Roland Miller, who at that time was working in the travelling theatre company The People Show. Alongside Miller, Cameron travelled and performed widely for almost two decades and became a central figure in the development of Performance Art in British alternative theatre between 1968-1988. In 1977, Cameron performed Washing the Twins at the IV International Encontros de Arte em Portugal at Caldas da Rainha with the English novelist Angela Carter. For the performance, Cameron washed, dried and dressed her own twins while Angela did the same to two bronze sculptures of a boy and a girl permanently installed outside the museum. Washing the Twins constitutes a critical reflection on the status and nature of sculpture as both illusion and representation.
Cameron has exhibited widely, and her work featured in the notable exhibition ‘Arte Inglese Oggi [British Art Now]’ at Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy (1976), while performing in numerous venues globally, notably the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (1972); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1973); Tate, London, UK (1991); and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, among others.