Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announce Malcolm Mackenzie as the successful candidate for this new residency. In creating an opportunity for emerging artists, Mount Stuart is expanding its ongoing Contemporary Visual Arts Programme to support an artist at an early stage in their career whose practice is rooted in social engagement. The residency is supported by Creative Scotland.
Malcolm Mackenzie was born in Broadford on the Isle of Skye and grew up in Plockton, Wester Ross, where he still lives. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art this year with BA Hons First Class in Sculpture & Environmental Art.
Mackenzie is interested in place, community and understanding the changing nature of Scotland’s rural areas. He said, “Personal contradictions drive my practice and explore the challenges faced by these fragile areas when considering both the need to protect them as places for solitude and wilderness, and a real and pressing need to develop and consider new opportunities beyond tourism, enabling rural communities to compete and survive in an increasingly populated, connected and globalised world.”
On Bute he proposes to start the residency by making himself available to the island community; offering his labour in exchange for sharing favourite walks and special places that islanders cherish. This introduction will lead to a mapping of stories, memories, walks and areas of interest. He adds, “The residency programme takes place at a time of year, when the tourists have gone home and work on the land has slowed down – this is important as it allows me to get to the core ‘community’ rather than the visitors’ view.”
His projects and exhibitions to date have included; FAR (Floating Art Residency), 2016 at Loch Shiel; Woodlands Trust Public Art group exhibition Up a Hill, Down a Hill, 2017 at Lang Craigs near Dumbarton; Breathe City Screen Public Art Project, Giffnock, 2018 and Here I Stand an urban sound walk 2018 in Charing Cross, Glasgow.