MacRitchie, Lynn

Known as an art critic and writer, Lynn MacRitchie also has a long-established practice as an artist, beginning in the seventies and including work in video, performance, photography and installation. She showed an early commitment to radical and progressive art when, in 1973, as a student of Fine Art, she organised both the ‘Three Day Event (Art and Society)’ and the ‘Participation Art Event’ at Edinburgh College of Art, inviting David Medalla, John Dugger, Steven Willats, Marc Chaimowicz, the Artists Placement Group and others to present work at the college. On moving to London in 1974, she became involved in the ‘Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile’ organised by Artists for Democracy at the Royal College of Art that October. The video tapes she made of the festival provide a unique record of an event now recognised as of historic importance.
As a writer, she was one of the first contributors to Performance Magazine and other innovative journals such as New Dance before moving into mainstream journalism with the Financial Times, for which she wrote about contemporary art for fifteen years (1991-2016). She returned to art making in the late 1990s and has since exhibited regularly in the UK and abroad. Her interest in video, performance and installation continues, and her most recent works are short films.

  • Exhibitions:

    Solo Exhibitions

     

    1974
    Sculptural Situations (solo performance, Art Meeting Place, London)

    1975
    The World in a Grain of Sand (installation, Artists for Democracy, London)

    1999
    Right on for the Darkness (installation, Market Place Gallery, London

    2000
    Things to do in Paradise (installation, Party Unlimited Gallery, London)

    2004
    Facing Medusa (video installation, screening, Showroom Gallery, London)

    2005
    Into the Enchanted Forest (installation, Throgmortons’s, London )

    2013
    The Towers of Ilium (single screen video film, Domo Baal Gallery, London)

    Group Exhibitions/Events

    1969
    Ceremony – The Words in the Trees (performance event devised with Alan Spence, Glasgow and Edinburgh)

    1973
    Three Day Event (Edinburgh College of Art – organiser. )
    A three day conference with guest speakers, discussions and events examining the role of art in society.

    Participation Art Event (Edinburgh College of Art – initiator and curator.)
    Invited artists including David Medalla and John Dugger presented participation art works at the college.

    1974
    Scottish Young Contemporaries (Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, curator)

    Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile (Artists for Democracy, Royal College of Art, London. Video recording of the festival).

    1975
    Femmes Films Festival (FNAC, Paris – “Hands”, collaborative video)

    The Video Show (Serpentine Gallery, London. Edited compilation of video recordings made at the Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile. Also screening/live performance of “Hands”)

    People of the World Learn from Indochina – Vietnam Festival (Artists for Democracy, Whitfield Street, London)

    Performance Art Week (with with Limited Dance Company, Serpentine Gallery, London)

    1999
    Group show, Gasworks (London)

    Bankside Browser (Tate Modern)

    2004
    “Facing Medusa”, screening, London Biennale (The Foundry, London)

    2005
    “Facing Medusa”, screening, Video Game (Video festival, Bari, Italy)

    “Facing Medusa”, screening, Birth, Life, Death, Whatever (Video festival, London)

    2006
    In Arcadia (Installation, Orleans House, London Biennale)

    2008
    Cannakale Biennale (“Facing Medusa”, screening, Cannakale, Turkey)

    2009
    The Golden City (Video installation, Akbank Gallery, Istanbul)

    2012
    Karaoke Iliad (performance event, Village Green Festival, Metal, Southend)

    2013
    The Towers of Ilium (film, premiere, Thameside Theatre, Grays, Thurrock)

    The Towers of Ilium (screening, film festival, Bluecoat Gallery Colchester)

    2014
    Artists for Democracy: The Archive of Cecilia Vicuna (Museum of Memory and Human Rights, Santiago, Chile – screening of edited compilation of digitised video recordings made at the Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile, Royal College of Art, London, 1974. )

    The Towers of Ilium (screening and discussion, Essex Book Festival)

    The Towers of Ilium (screening and discussion, Women and War symposium, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge)

    2016
    The Towers of Ilium (screening, Shorelines Festival, Tilbury)

    2019
    Strangelove Time Based Media Festival Folkestone (screening of “Hands”)
    Curtains for Mrs Thatcher (screening of tapes of Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile)
    A Year in Art 1973 (Tate Modern – screening of edited compilation of digitised video recordings made at the Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile, Royal College of Art, London, 1974.)

    2020
    Chile 1973 seminar (Tate Modern – presentation about Artists for Democracy and the Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile, Royal College of Art, London 1974, and panel discussion)

    2021
    Acts of Defiance: Exploring Protest Art (presentation about the Participation Art Event at Edinburgh College of Art, 1973. Webinar, Scottish Society of Art Historians. )

     

  • Videography:

    1974
    Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile, Royal College of Art, London, 1974.
    Video recordings of the festival, organised by Artists for Democracy at the Royal College of Art, London, October, 1974.

    1975
    Hands
    Performative video made in collaboration with Roberta Hunter Henderson, Tina Keane, Sonia Knox and Sylvia Stevens
    Commissioned by the Femmes FIlms festival, Paris

    The Video Show
    Serpentine Gallery
    Screening of “Hands” with live performance
    Screening of edited compilation of video recordings of the Arts Festival for
    Democracy in Chile, Royal College of Art, London, 1974.

    2004
    Facing Medusa – video installation

    2006
    Migration and Exile – video installation

    2009
    The Golden City – video installation

    2013
    The Towers of Ilium – single screen digital video film

    2014
    Arts Festival for Democracy in Chile, Royal College of Art, London, 1974.
    Original tapes digitised and re-edited for inclusion in “The Archive of Cecilia Vicuna” exhibition at the Museum of Memory and Reconciliation, Santiago, Chile

    2018
    The Language of Eden: Part 1 – A Memory
    Single screen digital video film

    2020
    The Language of Eden: Part 2 – A Future
    Single screen digital video film

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