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Laura McGlinchey

About the Artist

Laura McGlinchey is a multi-discipline artist. Graduating from Painting at Gray's School of Art in 2013, she was selected for RSA New Contemporaries 2014 where she was awarded the Maclaine Watters Medal and RSA Art Prize. From this her work was selected for the New Scottish Artist Exhibition in 2014 at the Fleming Collection, London. In 2015 Laura began a year-long residency in the Painting Department of Grays where she later presented her first solo show in 2016.


Born in Liverpool and raised in Ayrshire. McGlinchey has settled in Glasgow whilst continuing to exhibit across the UK. Working from her studio in the East End, she helped set up with the now disbanded artist collective VAU, and attended Glasgow School of Art in 2019 where she achieved a Master of Letters degree in Fine Art practice. In October 2019 she attended a month-long residency in Switzerland and was invited back to exhibit a large installation that was made during her time there.


Continuing to make and exhibit work she presented her largest project to date: - Paper Cave Anti-Rave, in August 2020. Having to adapt throughout to the on-going COVID situation the project was shown digitally - videos of which can be found on her website and YouTube channel.

Instagram: @lauraglitch

Paper Cave Build
Paper Cave Texture
Paper Cave Timelapse

About the Work

This exhibition will took on the form of an installation made from materials found and collected from the local area; - paper, cardboard, seaweed, plastic. The installation covered the walls and ceiling of the whole space creating a cave like environment.

Painting is at the core of my artistic practice. However, I have a compulsion to blur the boundaries between Painting, Performance, Sculpture, Installation and Craft. There is a primitiveness of processes inherent to painting. I engage with the primitiveness but - with the luxury of modern-day technology, easily accessible knowledge, dry shelter and – perversely - a largely wasteful, consumer- driven society, there is an abundance of free materials and information available for resourceful makers.

So, with that in mind I have taken influence, adapted processes and materials that are said to have been used in the first known Paintings and Sculptures. Incorporating natural and manufactured materials that are low in cost or can generally be found in the home and surrounding area.


To further the involvement of the audience as well as engage with the community on an on-going basis the glass front of the space was key. This enabled the public to see the process unfold, and therefore to feel connected to the piece in a way they otherwise might not in a traditional white cube setting.

With a strong focus on demonstrating the accessibility of art making for all. I developed ways in which the audience could interact with the art work; physically - amongst the art work, digitally - across various social media.

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