Approved: 09.01.2014

Di McGhee

Artist, Researcher

Approved: 09.01.2014

Di McGhee is a visual artist with a background in public art and socially engaged projects. Her site-specific installations respond to the immediate surroundings, utilising or are inspired by found materials. The work explores environmental themes and issues such as; climate change, pollution, erosion and adaptation on a public scale. She is an established artist, art educator and researcher, exhibiting her work internationally.

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    Artist Statement

    Di McGhee is a visual artist with a background in public art and socially engaged projects. Her site-specific installations respond to the immediate surroundings, utilising or are inspired by found materials. The work explores environmental themes and issues such as; climate change, pollution, erosion and adaptation on a public scale. She is an established artist, art educator and researcher, exhibiting her work internationally.

    Practice-based research themes include those explored and experienced while creating site-specific installations. These create dialogue and conversations on ecology, adaptation, and environmental issues, along with the process-based issues, encountered while working in alternative sites. She is interested in developing responsive work and mapping the making process of the environmental and participatory artist.

    CV & Education

    Education

    2010- 2013           University of the West of Scotland

                                  Master of Education (Artist Teacher)

    1991- 1992           University of East London

                                  PGDip Art in Architecture (Public Art)

    1988- 1991           Edinburgh College of Art

                                  BA(Hons) Design (Architectural Glass)

    1987- 1988           Cumbria College of Art & Design

                                  Foundation

     

    Selected Exhibitions

    2021      Dinle Kuyudan, Listen from the Well, Barbaros Water Culture Heritage Project Exhibition, Izmir, Turkey, Nov 20- Dec 12.

    2021      Through the Locking Glass Exhibition, Rheged  Centre, Penrith, 26 June-11 Jul.

    2020    The Life of Plastic, Buy the kilo Gallery, Tynemouth, North Shields, October.

    2020    Through the Locking Glass Exhibition, Studio Morland, Cumbria, 15-30 August

    2020    Environmental Crisis Exhibition – Science and Art, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, Feb 13- Mar 14.

    2019    Extreme Views, Group exhibition, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Apr 4 – Apr 14.

    2019    100 Timepieces, Untangled Threads, Coastival Festival, Feb 28- Mar 23.

    2018       Wrexham Open Exhibition, Ty Pawb/Undegun, Wrexham, Oct 12- Dec 16

    2018       Polluted Postcards, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, Devon, Oct 2- Oct 13.

    2017      Art Gene, Micro Residency Exhibtion, August 11-31.

    2016 'Points of View' Group Show, Lazy Susan Gallery, New York, USA.

    2016       Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibtion, Rheged, Cumbria, Oct 21- Nov 13.

    2016       RSA Open 2016, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, Scotland, Jul 16 - Aug 30 2016.

    2015      WAKE, Four Person Exhibition, Undegun, Wrexham, North Wales, Nov 16- Dec 10.

    2015      North Wales Open, Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Flintshire, North Wales.

    2015       DU ar WYN - Black on White, Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold, Flintshire, North Wales, May 2 – Jun 6.

    2015       Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition, Rheged, Apr 26 - Jun 28.

    2014       Scope International Contemporary Art Show, Creativity Squared Group Show,

    Miami  Beach, USA, 2 - 7 Dec

    2014       Shropshire Open, Gallery 3,Shrewsbury, 13 Oct-17 Nov 2014.

    2014       Rheged Micro Exhibition & Sculpture Trail, Sep 12 2014 - Nov 2 2014.

    2014       North Wales Open, Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Flintshire, North Wales.

    2013       MEd Artist Teacher Exhibition in association with the Glasgow Galleries.

    2006       FRED An Art Invasion across Cumbria.

    2006       Percy House, Rural Women's Network, Cockermouth.

    2004       Valley Sketchbook, Wasdale, Copeland Artists.

    2004       FRED An Art Invasion across Cumbria.

    2004       FRED An Art Invasion across Cumbria.

    1992       Economist Plaza, St.James Sq, London, Public Sculptures and Printed Banners,                          Public Art Development Trust.

     

    Public Commissions

    2012       Bluebirds-Prayer Room Window, St. George's Primary School, Barrow in Furness.

    2004 'CARING' Glass Wall North Cumbria Acute Hospital Trust funded by Enhancing the                      Healing Environment, The Kings Fund.

    1992       University of East London, Plaistow, Printed Glass Panels.

     

    Residencies

     

    2021    Greywood Arts, Creative Process Residency, Killeagh, Ireland, Jul 31- Aug 7.

    2019    Brison Veor Residency, Cape Cornwall, Jul 27- Aug 3

    2017    Gene Pool Residency, Art Gene, 1-11 August.

    2016    Mothership Residency, Powerstock, Dorset, 8-21 August.

    2016    Axisweb Instagram Takeover, May 6-8.

    2015    Florence Arts Centre, Research Residency, 1-31 August.

    2015    Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland, 6-12 April.

     

    Art in Education

    Selected Collaborative, Workshops and Site-Specific projects

     

    2021    Dynamic Dunescapes, Wildlife Trust, Quadration Workshop, Haverigg Beach, Aug 24.

    2021    Signal Films, West Coast Photo Festival, Copeland Schools Environmental Art Workshops, Lead Artist, May-July.

    2018       Mural, Egremont Market Hall, Cumbria

    2016       Shelter Mural, Workington, Cumbria

    2015       Printmaking Workshops at Florence Arts Centre, 1-31 August.

    2014       Mural Project, Community Growing Garden, Salterbeck, Workington, Cumbria.

    2013       Jellyfish Glass and Ceramic Mosaic, Summer School, Whitehaven

    2011       Fern Project, Newcastle University

    2011       Banner and Banner parade, Whitehaven

    2010       Haig Pit, Responses to the Collection, Whitehaven School.

    2006       Mural, Remapping of Whitehaven, Monkwray Primary School.

    2006       St. James Junior School, Whitehaven, Glass Panel, Funded by  Cumbria Arts in                          Education.

    2006       St. Begh's Primary School, Mural-'Industrial Power'.

    2006       Spinning Yarns, Workshops, Egremont.

    2006       Mural, Weston Spirit, Whitehaven

    2005       Workshops at 'The Big Hill'.

    2005       Spinning Yarns, Community workshops, glass, mosaic, Egremont.

    2005 'Creatures' St George's Primary School, Barrow in Furness.

    2004       Cumbria in Bloom Mural, Whitehaven, students from St. Benedicts RC Secondary                        School.

    2004 'Summerhouse' performance space, Cleator Moor Nursery.

    2004       Glass Workshops, The National Trust, Beckfoot, Ennerdale.

    2003       Glass Workshops at The Beacon

    2003       Performance Tent, The National Trust, The Untold Story, Ennerdale.

    2003       Collaborative School Glass Project, Westfield Primary, Harrington Primary & Ewanrigg                Primary Schools.

    2002       Drawing in primary schools, The Big Draw, Montreal Primary School.

    2002 'The Shore' Ceramic and Glass Mosaic, Garth Infant School, Workington.

    2002       Set Designs, Joseph, Sands Centre Carlisle.

    2001 'Woodlouse' Installation, St. George's Barrow in Furness.

    2001 'The Story of the Ship' Book Project, Beacon, Whitehaven.

     

     

    Awards and Funding

     

    2017        The Big Draw Small Drawing Challenge, Winner

    2015        Axisweb 100 recipient.

    1992-       Economist Summer Exhibition Winner.

                    Public Art Development Trust

                    The Kings Fund

                    Cumbria Community Foundation

                    Copeland Borough Council

                    Allerdale Borough Council

     

    Continuing Professional Development

    2009 Drawing Power NSEAD Glasgow School of Art

    2008 Drawing Power NSEAD Glasgow School of Art