Shauna McMullan works three days a week in the department and co-ordinates the second year course. Shauna studied Fine Art in Cheltenham, England followed by a Masters Degree at Glasgow School of Art and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received a number of awards including a Scottish Arts Council Scholarship at the British School at Rome and residencies at the NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art) in the Faroe Islands and Triangle Artist Workshop in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at major museums as well as through permanent public commissions.
Shauna has considerable experience in the practical realisation of large scale permanent Public Art Works that embrace a commitment to innovative means of collective involvement in the methods of realisation. Travelling the Distance made for the Scottish Parliament, Blue SpineCollection (Interview podcast) Made for Glasgow Women’s Library and Via shown in The Toyota Museum of Modern Art, Japan are three such examples. Her main areas of interest are with landscape, mapping and place, specifically how we individually, collectively and culturally negotiate, define and mediate them. Central to the work is the collaboration with individuals from different backgrounds, geographies cultures and generations:
“…one of the aims of the work is to disrupt the internal coherence that the classic map lays claim to, focusing on the significance of unofficial histories and oral traditions in defining and re-defining identity and place.”