Whitney McVeigh


Whitney McVeigh studied a BA in painting at Edinburgh College of Art (1993-6). She has travelled extensively to carry out her practice and held residencies in Mexico, India, China and South Africa. Her work investigates personal and collective memory and alludes to the layering of time. Upcoming exhibitions include; Photo London, Somerset House, London (2020) and Artist Rooms, Encounter, London (2020). Recent solo exhibitions include; ‘Temporality', Cardi Projects, Cardi Gallery (2020), What is Worthwhile Doing in this World, Mount Stuart Visual Arts, Scotland (2019), Elegy to Nature, Eykyn Maclean, New York (2018), Language of Memory, Summerhall Arts, Edinburgh (2016), Inventory: Invisible Companion, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2015), New Ink Paintings, Michael Goedhuis Gallery (2015), presentation of the film ‘Birth’: Origins at the end of life at the Royal Academy, London (2015) and Hunting Song, Gervasuti Foundation, 55th Venice Biennale (2013).

Whitney McVeigh was nominated for the Sovereign European Art Prize by Saatchi Gallery Director, Rebecca Wilson (2008). She was featured in the BBC4 television documentary, Where is Modern Art Now (2009) alongside Sir Anthony Caro, Michael Landy, Grayson Perry and Cornelia Parker. Simon Schama’s recent essay on McVeigh’s practice ‘The Happenstance of Illumination’(2018) is included in new collection of essays, Wordy (Simon & Schuster), published June 2019. Her work will be included in ‘Imagined Spaces’ edited by Kirsty Gunn & Gail Low (Autumn 2020) with Voyage Out Press & Saraband Books, an anthology that creates a “space” between understanding and the imagination. She has lectured and held discussions internationally including a presentation of her work at Louise Bourgeois’ Salon in New York.


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Whitney McVeigh