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Shona Macnaughton 
We Nurture Performance


30 Mar 2019  

12—1pm & 2—3pm 

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***Event now sold out***

Shona Macnaughton often stages performance, scripted scenarios and actions that respond to the political conditions of specific architectural spaces. We Nurture is a response to Collective's redevelopment of the City Observatory and to the changing infrastructure of the organisation. It draws on Collective's archives, the shifting language used in printed and press materials, and how this relates to NHS literature and advice pamphlets for patients. As Collective prepared to open the Observatory site to the public in 2018, Shona asked 'how are different bodies cared for in a context heavy with Enlightenment symbolism and the trappings of a neoliberal institution comprised of retail, restaurant, gallery, and tourist destination?'

Join us on Saturday 30 March for Shona's performance of We Nurture, in which Shona will lead you through Collective's grounds and different architectural spaces.

Shona Macnaughton makes performance, writing and film concerned with labour, subjectivity and technology. Selected previous projects include: Arms Length Government Body, Céline, Glasgow, 2016; The Universal School Girl, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh and Jerwood Space, London, 2016; When slaves on another, it’s not love, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2014; and Every Translator is a Traitor, Collective, Edinburgh, 2013. Shona is part of the artist collective Eastern Surf.

We Nurture was developed as part of An Exchange of Method, an exchange taking place concurrently between arts organisations and artists working in 'caring' related environments in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Edinburgh.

Tickets to We Nurture are free but advance booking is essential. Two performances are scheduled, the first at 12 noon and the second at 2pm. As some of the performance will take place outside, please dress for the weather.

Do get in touch via email or phone on 0131 556 1264 if you require any particular form of support to attend the performance or have any questions about access to the site.


Shona Macnaughton