Artist Profiles

Alastair MacLennan

Born 1943 Blair Athol, Scotland

Alastair MacLennan is a performance art practitioner whose work has been influential both nationally and internationally. He originally studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, the College of Education, Dundee and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.

MacLennan is a founding member of Belfast's Art and Research Exchange, of Belfast's beyond performance collective and is a member of the performance art entity Black Market International. He also represented Northern Ireland at the Venice Biennale, is Professor Emeritus from the University of Ulster and is an Honorary Associate of the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland.

Locus+ has a long-standing relationship with Alastair MacLennan, having commissioned many performances of the years; Twenty Four Hours, 1981 (The Basement Group); as part of The Touring Exhibitionists, 1984; Lie to Lay, 1986; Bled Edge, 1988; Driven, 1988 (all Projects UK); and Coil To Met, 2009 (Locus+) In 2008 Alastair MacLennan expressed his desire to bequeath his entire archive to the custodianship of the Locus+ Archive. The Alastair MacLennan Archive is an extensive record of this practice featuring thousands of transparencies as well as original works on paper. The archive is currently being audited, conserved and digitised.

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