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Rosie O’Grady (Open Glasgow Bursary Recipient)

Rosie O’Grady (b. 1990 in York, England) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

O’Grady uses video, print, photography, events and interventions to respond to social, economic, political and historic contexts.

O’Grady graduated from Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow with an MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) in 2015, and from Glasgow School of Art with a BA(Hons) Fine Art (Painting & Printmaking) in 2013. She was selected for a Graduate Residency at Hospitalfield (2015) and was a Finalist in Saatchi’s New Sensations (2013). O’Grady was a participant of Curatorial Studio (2016), and a committee member at Market Gallery (2014 – 2016).

Group exhibitions include: ‘thats why i was trying to hit your unicast space’, Glasgow Open House Festival (2017); ‘Re-Casting’, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge (2016); ‘Pokey Hat’, New Glasgow Society, Glasgow International (2016); ‘Over Over Over’, Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit (2015); ‘New Sensations’, Victoria House, London (2013).

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Rosie O'Grady (Open Glasgow Bursary Recipient)

May Day


This project attempts to agitate how artist Margaret Macdonald is represented. In 2016, French educators Marie-Noëlle Lanuit and Jean-Claude Piquard created a giant clitoris-shaped crop circle to protest the marginalisation of female sexual pleasure.

As Glasgow marks 150 years since the birth of Macdonald’s collaborator and husband, architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this project remodels Macdonald’s gesso panel ‘The May Queen’ as a crop circle.

Drawing upon a shift in the social and political history of May Day, it explores how crop circles might depart from associations with the paranormal and hoaxes to be come a mode of protest and distress signal.

Supported by Glasgow International and The James Hutton Institute.


Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Sun, 10am-5pm

Please note that Rosie’s work is on display at both the Heritage Centre and the main House for an Art Lover building.

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