Tessa Lynch

Affinity and Allusion




Tessa Lynch has collaborated closely with landscape architects Harrison Stevens to develop communal seating areas throughout Collective, where visitors are invited to congregate and reflect. Tessa works predominantly with sculpture and performance, often exploring the emotional impact and commanding power of the built environment. In her initial research for Turns, Tessa made orbital walks around Calton Hill investigating and discussing grassroots arts activities. The resulting seating is inspired by 1970's concrete play sculptures of Craigmillar and the bottom-up politics of the local Festival Society that initiated them. The forms also evoke the shape of a camera lens changing shape, linking to the filmic nature of the site.

Tessa Lynch is based in Glasgow. Recent exhibitions include: L-Shaped Room, Spike Island, Bristol, 2017; NOW, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, 2017; Wave Machine, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, 2016; Painter's Table, Gallery of Modern Art for Glasgow International Director's Programme, Glasgow, 2016; Cafe Concrete, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow, 2014; Raising, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh as part of GENERATION, 2014; Alexandrite and You Are Here, Collective, Edinburgh, 2010.

Part of Affinity and Allusion

Featuring new work spanning sculpture, installation, performance, audio work and text by six artists chosen specially for the opening of Collective, Affinity and Allusion will be presented across all of Collective’s exhibition spaces, grounds and buildings. The artists brought together all create art which fundamentally asks us to question how we view the world around us, an approach that is central to Collective’s vision for a new kind of city observatory on Calton Hill.

Affinity and Allusion is sponsored by Baillie Gifford investment managers.


Klaus Weber
Alexandra Laudo
Dineo Seshee Bopape