Award-winning artist Jacqueline Donachie gives guest lecture


Renowned contemporary artist Jacqueline Donachie has given a guest lecture to Art and Design students at New College Lanarkshire.

The award-winning Glasgow-based artist visited the purpose-built art studios at our Kirkintilloch Campus to talk about her life and work.

She met current HND Art and Design students to share insights from her career spanning some 30 years, and chatted with learners about their current projects.

She said: “It was great to visit the campus in Kirkintilloch and meet the students; so much creative activity in my neighbourhood!”

Jacqueline Donachie, who has a PhD from Northumbria University, has built an international reputation for creating sculpture, installations, photographs, films, drawings and performance.

Her site-specific public art commissions have included projects in Oslo and Melbourne.

Her recent gallery exhibitions include ‘Deep in The Heart of Your Brain’ at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (2016), and Right Here Among Them (2017), a mid-career survey show at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh that was the recipient of the inaugural Freelands Award.

Kelly Cunningham, HND Course Team Leader, said: “It was so exciting to welcome Jackie to our HND studios – she is art royalty!

“The insight she gave our students to the art world was invaluable; she really brought it to life through sharing her 30 years of personal experience of exhibiting, funding routes, pitfalls and successes.

“She did all of this whilst having a down-to-earth attitude as to what it takes to make it in Art and Design – hard work, determination and a desire to create no matter the purpose.”

Jacqueline has recently created a series of site-specific works for East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture’s Trails and Tales project, which encourages artists to explore their local history and heritage through outdoors sculptural creations.

Jacqueline’s large-scale artworks, which are situated in Westerton, Lenzie and Lennoxtown, commemorate the work of women in health and medicine who have associations with East Dunbartonshire.

To find out more about Trails and Tales, please visit

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