Mandy McIntosh is an artist from Glasgow who makes Sculpture, Community Art, Moving Image/Animation, Textiles, Drawing and Painting. In the past few years she has been working predominantly in community settings, namely Ferguslie Park in Paisley , Easterhouse, Castlemilk and Springburn in North Glasgow, where she is from.
Her aims with community based projects are to increase the creative platforms for local people devising projects which feature the artwork of individuals strategically brought together to make collective statements.
This approach is best exemplified by FEGS URNY MUGS 2019. Commissioned and acquired for the permanent collection at Glasgow GOMA, this sculptural work comprises a collection of mugs designed by women in Ferguslie Park who are part of The Feegie Needlers collective.
In September 2018, Dear Duty, a figurative bronze sculpture featuring May Donoghue and her twin granddaughters was unveiled in Paisley. The Paisley Snail is an historic court case which underpins the globally significant legislation the Duty of Care. For this sculpture, the artist focussed on the woman who pursued the case and the circumstances of extreme poverty that surrounded her.
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 commenced study towards a PHD at Glasgow School of Art. The title of her research is Inflammable Phoenix, Living with Sculpture in Schemes.