Mandy McIntosh is an artist from Glasgow who makes Community Art, Moving Image/Animation, Textiles, Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. She also writes and makes music. She is currently finalising art for a public place, exploring The Duty of Care and an historic court case originating in Paisley which underpins this globally significant legislation. This will be her first sculptural work cast in bronze and its installation will take place on September 12th 20018 in Paisley.
Also in 2018, Mandy has been working as a lead community artist in Ferguslie Park, curating and guiding Tannahill Threads, using community development principles to formulate new work with people.
March 2018 saw the launch of “We are the Walrus” a film commission to explore the history of a Victorian cast iron fountain in Paisley, with the community group who had participated in its refurbishment. The film explored the social impact of this philanthropic work.
2017 brought collaborations with third sector and statutory support organisations, such as Women’s Aid and others, which has involved creative self-publishing through group work. Other recent projects include Hap Up Easterhouse at Platform for Glasgow International 2016, Yird Muin Starn for Galloway Dark Sky park and The Thunderbird’s Ballad, an animation for Channel Four commissioned by Animate Uk. Her films have been screened and broadcast nationally and internationally including Hors Piste, Sheffield Documentary Festival, Bradford Animation Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and many others. In 2004 her project Weightless Animals was awarded a BAFTA for best interactive media.
Mandy has previously worked within the NHS as an artist engaged in the context of mental health in acute and community settings and has a focus in her work of placing strong aesthetic principles combined with community development learning at the heart of making art with other people. She is also deeply invested in textile making, printing manually and digitally as well as tapestry weaving. Her unique knitting work has also appeared internationally in several books and as a former knit and print designer with KENZO she maintains an interest in fashion and surface design. Mandy also curates a small library of craft books and has done so since 1979.
In September 2018 Mandy will commence study towards a PHD at Glasgow School of Art.