Jacqueline Donachie

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Jacqueline Donachie
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
EducationGlasgow School of Art (1991)
Alma materHunter College (1996)
WebsiteOfficial website

Jacqueline Donachie (born 1969) is a Scottish artist engaged in art using drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. She lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Life and education[edit]

Donachie studied Fine art from 1987 to 1991 at The Glasgow School of Art. She graduated from The Glasgow School of Art's Environmental Art department, which encouraged artists to place their work in a variety of public contexts out-with the gallery space. She completed a Masters of Fine Art at Hunter College, New York in 1996.[1]



Donachie creates socially-engaged art, often occupying public space. She explores biomedical research and ideas of communication, participation and how public spaces are designed, managed and used in her work. Books, written by Donachie, often accompany each work.[2] She has also created unique ways to visualize public problems which can then be later discussed by those in government. One example of this was in the town of Huntly where issues about who bikes and where were in debate.[3] Donachie's solution to visualizing the problem involved all bikers to attach chalk to their ride and then go about their business. The chalk would then record residents' progress in a visual manner throughout the town.[3]

Early career[edit]

Donachie was one of a group of artists who helped establish Glasgow in the 1990s as one of the world's most dynamic contemporary art communities. There has been a retrospective exploring this body of work in Glasgow, which was called Generation.[4]

Recent and current projects[edit]

Speedwork is a work at House for an Art-lover in Glasgow, which has been created after Donachie spent time with running groups using the park. Tomorrow Belongs to Me was a collaboration with Darren Monckton, a professor of human genetics at the University of Glasgow. It is a research project and film installation, which examines the personal impact of illness on individuals and families and Donachie also engaged with the scientific community whose research sought to explain how such illness arose.[5]

New Weather Coming, Donachie's work for the 2014 GENERATION festival, included three green trailer sculptures that toured Scotland and were accompanied by the handing out of a "book of Stories and Pictures" to daytrippers.[6][7] The mobile sculpture in Oban was ill-received.[8]

Donachie's exhibition Right Here Among Them, a mid-career retrospective, at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, 11 November 2017 – 11 February 2018, was funded from an award from The Freelands Foundation, which was founded by and is headed up by Elizabath Murdoch, daughter of Rupert Murdoch, media-mogul and CEO of News Corp. Other artists who have benefited from this award, through an exhibition at Gasworks in London, include Glasgow-based Jamie Crewe, who works with themes of trans-sexuality, queer identities and queer politics.


  • Donachie, Jacqueline. 3532 Miles. Armpit Press (1997). ISBN 0952356562
  • Donachie, Jacqueline. Tomorrow Belongs to Me. Glasgow: Hunterian Art Gallery (2006). ISBN 0904254836


  1. ^ "Jacqueline Donachy". Generation Art Scotland. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Bittersweet anticipation: the logistics of inheritance". Art & Research. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Burnside, Anna (14 June 2009). "Artist Drawing on a Passion to Clear the Streets of Cars". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 23 April 2015 – via MasterFILE Premier.
  4. ^ "Jacqueline Donachie, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  5. ^ Burnside, Anna (26 October 2003). "Art for Health's Sake". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 23 April 2015 – via Newspaper Source.
  6. ^ Benmakhlouf, Adam (27 August 2014). "New Weather Coming: Public Art". The Skinny.
  7. ^ Forsyth, Laura (24 June 2014). "It's full steam ahead for Glasgow-based artist Jacqueline Donachie". STV Glasgow.
  8. ^ Kerr, Moira (18 July 2014). "Traffic chaos in Oban after artist blocks road with green trailer......as part of £30,000 commission". Daily Record.