‘Anna Macdonald is an exceptionally creative, astute and committed artist.’
(Anna Hart, Curator at Central St Martins, 2014)
Anna Macdonald is a dance and moving-image artist who uses the medium of the body as a way of exploring philosophical concepts. She specializes in socially engaged practice, working collaboratively with people from non-arts backgrounds to generate artworks that document and intensify their experiences in ways that can be understood by others. Her work moves easily between theoretical discourse and creative practice, and falls under the broad ambit of performative research (Smith & Dean 2009: 6).
Anna’s work has been exhibited widely in the UK and received international recognition including being nominated for the International Video Dance awards in Barcelona and having a recent solo exhibition at the AC institute, New York. Anna’s public art works include commissions from; Arts Depot, Finchley, Wandsworth Arts Festival (the Shimmy commission), A Million Minutes curated by Central St Martins College, London and the London Road Festival commission in Staffordshire, all of which were funded by Arts Council England. Her work was recently selected as a flagship example of socially engaged practice for an AHRC funded project curated by Creative Works, London.
Alongside her free-lance work Anna is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University and has published several articles about her work.
Image credit: Look (2015) video still