FIONA MacDONALD
Fiona MacDonald produces fictional worlds and details constructed from found objects,
living organisms, natural and artificial materials. Her sculptures and paintings portray the
desire for - and the necessary failure of - new spaces of the imagination. Unashamedly
beautiful, but never without dark undercurrents, MacDonald’s work evokes sensations of
overabundance and stagnation. Alternately seduced and brought up against the kind of
wrongness that only occasionally appears in nature (in such ways as the duck-billed
platypus looks stuck together with glue), she positions us at the edge of illusion and
materiality.  Fiona studied at Leeds Metropolitan and Chelsea College of Art. Solo shows
include Habitat 2006, (Phoenix, Brighton) and upcoming at Long and Ryle, London, June
2007. She is a finalist in the Celeste Art Prize 2007. Fiona has exhibited her work in solo
and group shows in the UK and abroad and is at present a director and curator of
Standpoint Gallery in London.
Education

1995 – 1997        MA History and Theory of Modern Art – Chelsea College of Art
1989 – 1992         BA hons Fine Art  – Leeds Metropolitan University
1988 – 1989        Foundation Course – Kent Institute of Art and Design

Solo Shows

2007        Long and Ryle, London
2006        Habitat, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton
2004        On the Verge, Vertigo, London

Selected Group Shows

2007
Dirty Nature, Standpoint Gallery, London
Celeste Art Prize, London and Edinburgh
Creekside Open 2, APT, London
Intervention, Fieldgate Gallery, London
Irrational Exuberance, Maddox Arts, London (October 2007)

2006
Breeding Ground, APT, Deptford.
Enclosed Gardens, Long and Ryle, London
Drawn, An Lanntair, Stornoway, Scotland
The Marmite Painting Prize, The Residence, London

2005
Elsewhere, Standpoint Gallery, London
Furniture of Sorts, Stroud House Gallery, Glos.
Chata Mia, CESTA, Tabor, Czech Republic
30 x 30, Vertigo, Great Eastern Street, London

2004
Vital Arts, Royal London and St Bartholomew Hospitals, London
Rebecca Wordsworth Contemporary Art, Bath
Escape, Irregular Art, London

2003        
Glimmer. Lock and Davies, London
Beatrice Royal Gallery, Southampton

2002        
Hindsight, Karen Taylor Art, London
Vital Arts, Royal London Hospital

2001
Arcadia, Paton Gallery, London
Contradictory Pleasures, Union Chapel, London
I, Me, You, We, SVC, London

1996
Hystheoria, Chelsea School of Art, Manresa Rd,
1993
Young Artists South East, touring, Maidstone and Folkestone Library Galleries
1992
Pullit X, Pullit Gallery, London         

Awards

Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England

Residencies

2006        Phoenix Arts, Brighton
2005        CESTA, Tabor, Czech Republic
1992 – 1994        Community Care for Mental Health, Maidstone, Kent
1992 –1993        Maidstone Priority Care Trust, Maidstone, Kent

Publications and press

Habitat        Catalogue, text by Helen Williams and Loretta Stone – London 2006
Habitat        24 Hour Museum – Siba Matti, April 2006
Elsewhere        Catalogue, text by Peg Rawes and Alasdair Duncan - London 2005
Elsewhere        Telegraph Arts – May 2005
Arty no. 14         review of On the Verge at Vertigo - ‘Girls’ Issue Feb 2004
A-N magazine        Cable Pitch image - June 2002 p24

Related Activities

2006 ongoing        Standpoint Gallery, London - curator
2006        Arts Institute Bournemouth – visiting lecturer B.A. and M.A. Fine Art
2006        Phoenix Gallery – workshops
Sweets for Everyone – curator, Dyson Art, London
Elsewhere – curator, Standpoint Gallery
2003 ongoing        City University – lecturer in history of art
2003-2006        Adult Education College for Bexley – art tutor

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