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Moyna Flannigan | Space Shuffle

As Collective celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024, it is delighted to present a solo exhibition of new work by leading Scottish contemporary artist Moyna Flannigan. Flannigan studied at Edinburgh College of Art, is based in Edinburgh, and in the 1990s was a committee member during Collective’s time as an artist-run initiative.

The exhibition, titled Space Shuffle, will run from Friday 28 June – Sunday 15 September 2024, and will also be part of Edinburgh Art Festival (EAF)’s 20th birthday programme, taking place from 9 – 25 August 2024.

Specially created for Collective’s City Dome Gallery, Space Shuffle will feature Moyna Flannigan’s collages, alongside a constellation of paper sculptures that extend the principles of collage into three-dimensional form and space.

Flannigan has become known for her paintings that focus on women. Her inspiration is drawn from myth, art history and pop culture, creating work which interweaves visual memories and experiences.

Since her presentation of Tear as part of NOW (2018-19) at the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS), Flannigan has pursued her investigation into the materials and methods of collage, which is acknowledged by her inclusion in Vitamin C+: Collage in Contemporary Art (2023), the newest edition of the seminal Vitamin series by Phaidon.

Space Shuffle has been created in direct response to the unique architecture of Collective’s City Dome gallery, where it will be first shown.

Flannigan’s recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Ingleby (2021), alongside presentations at NGS (2018) and GENERATION: 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland (2014).

Speaking about presenting her work at Collective, Moyna Flannigan said: “It’s great to be returning to show new work at the Collective, which was such an important part of my early career.”

Director of Collective Sorcha Carey added: “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary we are delighted to welcome back Moyna Flannigan, an artist with a longstanding connection to Collective having been both a committee member and exhibitor in the 1990s.

“Supporting artists to make and present new work has been at the core of our programmes from the first and we are very excited to share a new body of work developed by Moyna in response to our City Dome with audiences this summer.”