Alastair MacLennan



Artist, Educator


Alastair MacLennan was born in Scotland and has lived and worked in Belfast, N. Ireland, since 1975. His achievements as an artist have had a significant influence on performance art, nationally and internationally. Performing in diverse contexts, his works convey political, social and cultural conditions. His Actuations (performance/installations) seek to fuse interrelations. His works have (also) been presented as part of Black Market International (in Europe, America, Canada, Asia, Mexico, etc.), by Trace Gallery, Cardiff, by the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, by Le Lieu, Quebec, by Bone International Performance Art Festival, Bern and through NIPAF in Japan. He represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1997. He has works in private collections in America, Canada, Italy, Poland, Germany, Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales and in the public collection of the British Arts Council, England. He has received support for his works from national and international funding bodies, including AHRB (Arts and Humanities Research Board), Arts Council of N. Ireland, University of Ulster, Arts Council of Canada and the Scottish Education Department. He won the Visual Arts Category of the Belfast Arts Awards (1998) and is a recipient of a London Performance Award for outstanding creative achievement (1988), in association with Dance Umbrella and Time Out Magazine. MacLennan is currently Emeritus Professor of Fine Art, from the University of Ulster, Belfast, an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Art, Devon and an Honorary Associate of the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow.

The Alastair MacLennan Archive, 2024

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