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Deirdre Macleod

Deirdre Macleod
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I explore material and practical aspects of towns and cities, including everyday systems, processes and behaviours that are often overlooked.  Increasingly, my practice sits somewhere between contemporary art and the discipline of Geography. 

I draw upon a range of fieldwork methods and observational strategies to reveal and frame aspects of the urban experience. I also use drawing and painting as devices through which to explore the human relationship to space and place, and to re-present our relationship to the city.

Currently, I am Artist in Residence at the Institute of Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.
Artist in Residence, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, 2017-
Teaching Fellow, Centre for Open Learning, University of Edinburgh, 2016-
Tutor, Adult and Community Education, City of Edinburgh Council, 2016-
Member of Council, Visual Arts Scotland  (voluntary position)

Awards and residencies

Research in Geography and the Lived Environment Award, School of Geosciences, UofE
Innovation Initiative Grant, University of Edinburgh
Artist Award for site-specific curated programme, Artwalk Porty
Artist in Residence, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh
Sustrans Commission, Lenzie : Inside Lane
A-N Artists' Information Company Research Bursary: Aarhus, Denmark
Purcell Prize, Society of Scottish Artists 2016 Open
Scotrail Commission, Borders Railway: Journey Lines
Gane Trust Visual Arts Award (for solo show Erasure)
Gather Residency, Edinburgh Palette, St Margaret's House, Edinburgh
Hope Scott Trust Visual Arts Award (for solo show, From The Ground Up)
Hope Scott Trust Visual Arts Award (for group show, Curved Stream)
Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Prize


Open: SSA and VAS Together, RSA Building, The Mound Edinburgh
Scale Walks, Festival of Urban Emptiness, Nicosia, Cyprus
Group Show, & Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh
Playing Up, Site-specific commission for Artwalk Porty 2017
Common Ground, Sustrans commission for East Dunbartonshire Council, Lenzie
Outlook, &Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh, with Liz Douglas, Gillian McFarland, Andrew Mackenzie and Arran Rahimian