Shona Macnaughton

shonalesley (at) gmail (dot) com


Born in London in 1983

Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Shona Macnaughton is an artist  based in Glasgow. Shona completed her MFA at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and was appointed as a co-director of the Embassy Gallery shortly afterwards. Since then she has mainly pursued her own practice which has been made public via exhibitions, performances, talks and writing. Alongside this she takes part in projects with the collective Eastern Surf.

Shona Macnaughton an artist whose practice is rooted in performance, writing and film, and questions of technology, subjectivity and labour, staging reenactments of the relationships between characters, making scripts and actions which are set up to confront an audience. She uses a method of reframing texts relating to the site of display, transferring them from their original context onto present political and technological conditions. Her work is responsive to the political conditions around specific architectures, which can be both physical and virtual spaces and how their design works.

Forthcoming Projects

June 2017

Residency at The Mothership, Dorset.

July 2017

Residency at Pollok House, Glasgow as part of Cabinet Interventions


Writing commission for Collective, Edinburgh as part of their project An Exchange of Method


Previous Exhibitions

April 2017

‘Live/Work’ Group exhibition, Open House Festival, Glasgow

February 2017

‘ilovemyjob’ online performance with Eastern Surf, commissioned by net.cube gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

October 2016

‘Arm’s Length Government Body’, new performance for Céline, Glasgow

July 2016

‘Blend the acclaim of your chant with the Timbrels’ performance of The Universal Schoolgirl for Jerwood Staging Series, Jerwood Space, London

May – August 2016

‘The Scottish Endarkenment. Art and Unreason. 1945 to Present’, new commission for group exhibition, Dovecot, Edinburgh

Screenings 2016

‘Isn’t it wonderful there in the brightness’  Screening presented by the Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival (EAMIF) at Hidden Door Festival 2016, Edinburgh

‘When slaves love one another, it’s not love’ Screening at Association for Visual Pedagogies Conference AVPC 2016: Visual Pedagogies and Digital Cultures. Zagreb, Croatia.

October 2015
‘Notes From Technotopia’ group exhibition, Gallery II and Black Dogs, Bradford, UK

July 2015
‘Accept The Mystery!’ Performance event with Eastern Surf, The Northern Charter, Newcastle, UK

May 2015
‘Pastoral Futures’ Reading group event as part of ‘How to write: Reading Groups’, Five Years, London

November 2014
Compass Festival, performance and workshop, Compass Live Arts, Leeds

August – October 2014
‘Counterpoint’ Group exhibition, commission for Edinburgh Art festival at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

June 2014
Guest artist performance for ‘How to live in a flat’ by Rachel Adams, The Tetley, Leeds, England

March 2014
‘Good deeds, smallest evils or pacts with the devil?’  Workshop 2 – Fight or Flight (Resistance versus engagement) Cambridge Research Design School, London Metropolitan University.

October 2013
‘The Other Forecast’ participation in event by Ellie Harrison and John O’Shea, MediaCityUK, Manchester

September 2013
‘Ornamental Wheat’ performance as part of Estovers II: Digital and Libidinal Enclosures, event by Emma Balkind, CCA, Glasgow

April 2013
‘Every Translator is a Traitor’ New Work Scotland Programme, solo presentation, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.

January 2013
‘Vanitas Link Rot’ Legion TV online commission, Legion TV,

November 2012
‘Kernel Panic Control’ Galerija Galženica, group exhibition as part of Eastern Surf, Velika Gorica, Zagreb, Croatia.

June 2012
Eastern Surf at Torinover, screening and group exhibition, MAO Museum of Oriental Arts, Turin, Italy

May 2012
‘Meet The Locals’, group exhibition -Artíma gallerí, Reykjavik, Iceland.

April 2012
Glasgow International Festival with The Mutual Charter, event with Eastern Surf

July 2011
‘Our Complex’ curated project and exhibition, Summer Projects Programme, Generator Projects, Dundee

March 2011
Going Public, curated project and exhibition, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

September 2010
Artist Wakes, group exhibition, Bury Art Gallery, Bury

August 2010
The Lee Joss Project, curated performances, various locations, Edinburgh

June 2010
Built Overnight, group exhibition, Rhubaba, Edinburgh




2007 – 2009
MFA Sculpture Edinburgh College of Art

2003 – 2006
BA Fine Art Bournemouth Arts Institute


Research Residency with Eastern Surf, Hangar, Barcelona, Spain

Summer Programme Residency at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, Scotland.

Performance residency as part of New Work Scotland Programme, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland

Residency as part of New Work Scotland Programme, Studio Voltaire, London

Selection for Warp Artist Village Coup de Ville Festival, Sint Niklaas, Belgium

Graduate Residency award and solo exhibition, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland