Mandy McIntosh is an artist from Glasgow who makes Sculpture, Community-based art projects, Moving Image/Animation, Textiles, Drawing and Painting. Trained in fashion she worked with KENZO in Paris in the 90s before leaving to pursue an MA at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1994. She has worked in artist film and other disciplines ever since. Her films have been screened and broadcast nationally and internationally including Hors Piste Centre Georges Pompidou, 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.
Galleries and organisations she has worked with include Arnolfini, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow GOMA, Platform, Glasgow Women’s Library, Hospitalfield, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art and others. She was the recipient of the Scottish Arts Council residency in Tasmania in 1999 and the first Scottish artist to take up the New York residency in 2004
In the past few years she has been working predominantly in housing schemes, namely Ferguslie Park in Paisley , Easterhouse, Castlemilk and various sites in Springburn, 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.
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. From 2019 until 2022, over three phases, Mandy was resident artist for ward 17 Springburn and Robroyston, under a new Glasgow Life initiative to place an artist in every ward of Glasgow. This is where she was brought up and is the focus of her PhD thesis which is a study in radical recuperations of sculptural artefacts and cartography to catalyse empowering community narratives and consciousness.