Roderick Buchanan

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Roderick Buchanan (born 1965[1]) is a Scottish artist working in the fields of installation, film and photography.

After attending Thomas Muir High School,[1] Buchanan studied at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1980s, where he was part of a group later described as "The Irascibles", which included fellow students Douglas Gordon, Ross Sinclair, Jacqueline Donachie, Christine Borland and Martin Boyce.[2]

Work in Progress (1995) is a set of photographs of amateur Scottish footballers wearing the team shirts of Inter Milan and AC Milan.[3] His 2004 film about Indian and Scottish soldiers, History Painting, was commissioned by the British Council for the 11th Indian Triennale.[4]

In 2000 he won the inaugural Beck's Futures prize for his work Gobstopper,[5] a video of children trying to hold their breath while being driven through Glasgow's Clyde Tunnel. In 2004 he was awarded a Paul Hamlyn Award.[6]

He has had solo exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts (2000) and the Camden Arts Centre (2005),[7] and his work is held in the collections of the Tate[8] and the National Galleries of Scotland.[3]

In 2011 Buchanan exhibited Legacy at the Imperial War Museum in London. The work, a video and photographic installation commissioned by the museum, depicted Scottish bands from the Irish republican and British Unionist communities performing in Northern Ireland.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Roderick Buchanan and Thomas Muir". Map Magazine. 2007. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Neil Mulholland, The Cultural Devolution: Art in Britain in the Late Twentieth Century, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2003, p144. ISBN 0-7546-0392-X
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  5. ^ Peter Plagens, Britannia Rules The Wave, Newsweek, 8 May 2000
  6. ^ Archived 17 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Archived 30 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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  9. ^ "Legacy: Roderick Buchanan - Imperial War Museum London". 2011. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.