Shona Macnaughton (she/her) is an artist based in Glasgow. She embodies various state, institutional and labour structures as performance. The work focuses on how political processes are enforced with language and design, exploring histories of free marketisation and individualisation as enacted by neoliberal aesthetics- on work, public space, healthcare, housing, and art institutions. 

Shona has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally in art galleries, theatres, public space and across online platforms. Working by commission or independently she has responded to various site(s) by researching changes in language associated with that architecture. Texts encountered in this process form the basis of scripts performed by the artist and involve participation from the audience. Documentation from the performances have formed publications, moving image and installation works.

Shona completed her MFA at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. From 2011–2017 she was part of the collective Eastern Surf, exhibiting and performing internationally with a focus on digital technology and processes of gentrification. From 2009–2011 she was co-director of artist-run Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.

Selected previous projects include: Here To Deliver, performed internationally, commissioned by Edinburgh University’s Contemporary Art Collection 2020; Progressive, solo presentation at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh as part of NOW 6, 2019; Mandatory Reconsideration, Parse Journal, Gothenburg, Sweden 2019; We Nurture, Collective, Edinburgh 2018-19; The Universal School Girl, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh and Jerwood Space, London, 2016. Her work is part of Edinburgh University’s Contemporary Art Collection. Residencies include: An Exchange of Method, Collective and Artlink, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2017; Cabinet Interventions, National Trust for Scotland and Glasgow School of Art, Pollok House, Glasgow, 2017. Recent writing and interviews included in Performance in a Pandemic, Routledge, UK, 2021; Platform Journal of Performing Art, Royal Holloway College, London, UK, 2020 ; Art Without Space, Oaza Books, Zagreb, 2020; Revista MESA Art_Care, Rio de Janeiro, 2018. Her first book ‘Here to Deliver’ was published in 2022 by University of Edinburgh Art Collection.



Exhibitions and Projects


Talented Grants

Performance and essay

Broadside, Glasgow

Public Consultation


Various - Dissenter Space and Summerhall, Edinburgh


Here To Deliver

Book launch and performance

David Dale Gallery


Here to Deliver

Moving image work

Commissioned by Edinburgh University Art Collection

Performance in a Pandemic

Essay contribution to volume

Routledge, 2021

Life Support

Group Exhibition

Glasgow Women's Library, August 2021


Here to Deliver

Durational Performance

Various Glasgow commissioned by Edinburgh University Contemporary Art Collection and 'Platforming Creativity' research project


Solo presentation

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.

Pre ramble


David Dale Gallery, Glasgow


Aquatic Needs

Performance for 12-Hour Non-State Parade

Cooper Gallery, Dundee

Mandatory Reconsideration

Performance for Eastern Promise Festival

Platform, Easterhouse

Never off/work

Performance for Parse Journal Art and Work edition

Valand Academy at Skogen theatre, Gothenburg

We Nurture


Collective, Edinbrugh


We Nurture


Collective, Edinburgh

Cabinet Interventions

Group Exhibition

Pollok House, Glasgow International Festival



Group Exhibition

Market Gallery, Glasgow


Group Exhibition

Open House Festival, Glasgow


Online performance with Eastern Surf

commissioned by net.cube gallery, Zagreb, Croatia


Arm’s Length Government Body

Solo Presentation

Céline, Glasgow

Blend the acclaim of your chant with the Timbrels

Performance Event

Jerwood Space, London

The Scottish Endarkenment. Art and Unreason. 1945 to Present

Group Exhibition

Dovecot, Edinburgh

When slaves love one another, it’s not love


AVPC 2016: Visual Pedagogies and Digital Cultures. Zagreb, Croatia.

Isn’t it wonderful there in the brightness


Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival


Notes From Technotopia

Group Exhibtion

Gallery II and Black Dogs, Bradford

Accept The Mystery!

Performance event with Eastern Surf

The Northern Charter, Newcastle

Pastoral Futures

Reading group event as part of ‘How to write: Reading Groups’

Five Years, London

Compass Festival

performance and workshop

Compass Live Arts, Leeds


Group Exhibition

Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh


2007 - 09

MFA Sculpture Edinburgh College of Art

2003 - 06

BA Fine Art Bournemouth Arts Institute


Design and Development: Romulus Studio

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