New artwork by Grace Ndiritu to be unveiled at GSA for Turner Prize fringe

Centrepiece of major exhibition made in the Mackintosh Lecture Theatre

New artwork to be unveiled at GSA for Turner Prize fringe

Artist Grace Ndiritu prepares for filming of special performance in the Mackintosh Lecture Theatre / GSA / McAteer Photo

Made in the Mackintosh Lecture Theatre in the west wing of the Mackintosh Building, a brand new artwork by British/Kenyan artist Grace Ndiritu titled A Return to Normalcy – Birth of a New Museum is set to headline the Turner Prize fringe.

The exhibition, which opens in the Reid Gallery at the Glasgow School of Art on Fri 2 Oct, will see the fire-damaged building brought back to life through an energetic special performance filmed in the lecture theatre with 40 participants. It is to be Ndiritu’s first major solo show in the UK since 2007, as she taps into Ancient Egyptian history and rituals.

The Turner Prize fringe will serve as compliment to the first showing of the Turner Prize exhibition in Scotland, a homecoming of sorts for the prestigious award, won five times by GSA graduates. Students of the GSA have also made up 30% of shortlisted artists since 2005.

In 2014 Ndiritu was featured in leading art magazine Apollo’s '40 Under 40'. ‘We are delighted to be able to work with Grace,’ says Jenny Brownrigg, Exhibitions Director at the GSA. ‘It’s especially exciting to be staging a show that both showcases her wider practice and features a new work we have commissioned specially for the exhibition.’

‘The work is a symbolic celebration of a new working phase both for Grace as an artist and for the Mackintosh Building,’ adds Brownrigg. ‘It at once awakens lost memories of the building before the fire and brings The Mack back energetically to life.’

Also on show as part of the exhibition are a number of works tackling indigenous cultural issues from the Third World to the Arctic.

Grace Ndiritu at GSA runs from Fri 2 Oct to Sat 12 Dec.

Grace Ndiritu: A Return to Normalcy – Birth of a New Museum

The first major UK solo show since 2007 for this British/Kenyan artist, with film, photography, paintings, video work and a performance work, Holotropic Breathing for the Masses: An Afro-futuristic Performance, intended to breath new life back into the Mackintosh building after the fire.


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