Exhibitions and Events

Leonora Carrington/Lucy Skaer curated by Catriona McAra (15 July – 2 September 2016, Leeds College of Art)


Tessa Farmer preview invitation

Tessa Farmer: In Fairyland with Su Blackwell, Sverre Malling and Annelies Strba curated by Catriona McAra (Leeds College of Art, 30 January – 26 February 2015).


Conteuses e-invite designed by Stephen Calcutt. Image Samantha Sweeting, In came the Lamb, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist.

Conteuses: An Evening with Kate Bernheimer curated by Catriona McAra, hosted by Danielle Arnaud with contributions from Samantha Sweeting and Tessa Farmer (7 June 2013, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London). Reviewed by Joanna Coleman, ‘Happy Endings and Uncommon Beginnings’ Gramarye: Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore and Fairy Tales, issue 4 (Winter 2013), 66-69.


Catalogue Essays

Dorothea Tanning Unknown but Knowable States at Gallery Wendi Norris, 2013.(Cover Image, Dorothea Tanning, Chiens de Cythère (Dogs of Cythera), 1963, Oil on canvas, 77 12 x 117 in.

C. McAra, ‘Kaleidoscope Eyes: Cytherean Voyages in the Post-Surrealist Practice of Dorothea Tanning’ in Dorothea Tanning: Unknown but Knowable States (San Francisco: Gallery Wendi Norris, 2013), 11-19. Reviewed in Art in America, The Huffington Post, Art Slant, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Art Animal, among others.


Rachel Maclean, The Lion and the Unicorn, 2012, archival pigmented digital printC. McAra, ‘Brigadoon Evacuated: The Demythologising Business of Rachel Maclean’ for Rachel Maclean: I HEART Scotland, commissioned exhibition catalogue essay, part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2013 at Edinburgh Printmakers (2 August – 7 September 2013).


The Phantoms of Surrealism, 2012 Courtesy of Neil CoombsC. McAra, ‘Story Without a Name -For Neil Coombs’ in The Phantoms of Surrealism at Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales (29 September 2012 – 8 January 2013). Reviewed in Surrealismo Internacional (2013).


Commissioned Interpretation

Robert PowellC. McAra, ‘Robert Powell: Species of Space’ commissioned essay for Edinburgh Printmakers (1 April – 16 July 2016).


Rachel Maclean, 'Over the Rainbow', video still reproduced with kind permission of the artistC. McAra, ‘“Celia Shits!” Rachel Maclean and Multi-Coloured Excretions of Hyper-Kitsch,’ Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! commissioned  text at Jenny Haniver Contemporary Art, Aberdeenshire (26 May – 25 June, 2012). This text was subsequently re-purposed by the Project Babe feminist collective (January 2013) and feminist zine Pearrls (July 2013).


Jäger und Gejagte – Insekten in der Gegenwartskunst

C. McAra, Tessa Farmer: Nymphidia, commissioned essay for Danielle Arnaud contemporary art (20 May – 26 June 2011). Repurposed for Jäger und Gejagte – Insekten in der Gegenwartskunst (Hunters and the Hunted: Insects in Contemporary Art), Museum Villa Rot (25 March – 17 June 2012).


'Molly Forbes: Paradise', Portrait by Alicia BruceC. McAra, Alicia Bruce: Menie: A Portrait of a North East Coastal Community in Conflict, Peacock Arts Centre, Aberdeen (15 January – 26 February 2011). Subsequently exhibited at Moray Arts Centre and published in engage 31 (2012). The exhibition was reviewed in The Times and The Scotsman. Two portraits were acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland, and the work was recognised at a Scottish Parliamentary motion as worthy of national significance.


Be the Hammer or the AnvilC. McAra, Be the Hammer or the Anvil: Rachel Adams, Sólveig Einarsdottir, Mairi Lafferty and Rose Ruane,  two commissioned texts (interpretation text and press release) for Generator projects, Dundee (12 November – 5 December 2010). Review by Andrew Cattanach in The Skinny (9 December 2010).


Robert Powell - The Henderson GalleryC. McAra,  ‘Lecturing Upon a Shadow: The Art of Robert Powell’, catalogue essay for Macpherson’s Cave: Shadow and Enlightenment, Henderson Gallery, Edinburgh Art Festival (20 August – 25 September 2010). Reprinted in Macpherson’s Cave and Other Antiquarian Enquires (Edinburgh: Yellowback Productions, 2011).


Caroline Douglas, Let's See Here, 2010C. McAra, Caroline Douglas: Let’s See Here, one of seven interpretations translated into Braille for degree show at CCA and Glue Factory, Glasgow (June 2010).


Nikos Mantzios, 'Laocoon', pencil, ink, enamel on paper, 25.5 x 20.5 cm, 2010C. McAra, Nikos Mantzios – essays for The Uncanny of Memory, WASPs Glasgow (13 – 26 February 2010), and Laocoön, Bloc Project Space Sheffield (4 – 19 June 2010). Reviewed in The Guardian (11 June 2010). Creative practice fund for Nikos Mantzios: Towards a Post-Surrealist Laocoön.


Research and Installation 

Christine Borland, Communication Suite, 2010Christine Borland – Communication Suite, assistance with installation, University of Glasgow (8 July – 1 August 2008).


High Wire Artist.On 22 July at 11am acclaimed high wire artist Didier Pasquette attempted to walk ninety metres above the ground on a thin metal wire stretching between three of the tower blocks in Red Road, North Glasgow.  The walk would have taken around ten minutes and was being filmed for a major exhibition in Glasgow in 2008.  Unfortunately due to unpredictable winds he was not able to complete the walk.Catherine Yass – High Wire, research for resources room at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, 11 April – 8 May 2008).

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