Exhibitions and Events
Leonora Carrington/Lucy Skaer curated by Catriona McAra (15 July – 2 September 2016, Leeds College of Art)
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: 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.
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.
C. 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).
C. 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).
C. McAra, ‘Robert Powell: Species of Space’ commissioned essay for Edinburgh Printmakers (1 April – 16 July 2016).
C. 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).
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).
C. 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.
C. 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).
C. 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).
C. 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).
C. 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, assistance with installation, University of Glasgow (8 July – 1 August 2008).
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).