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Di McGhee

I am a visual artist who presents work that records and creates conversations. These often take the form of drawings, installations and text based works that are presented in the context of a relevant site or artist experience.

Di McGhee is a visual artist with a background in public art and socially engaged projects. Her site-specific installations respond to the immediate surroundings, utilising or are inspired by found materials. The work explores environmental themes and issues such as; climate change, pollution, erosion and adaptation on a public scale. She is an established artist, art educator and researcher, exhibiting her work internationally.

Practice-based research themes include those explored and experienced while creating site-specific installations. These create dialogue and conversations on ecology, adaptation, and environmental issues, along with the process-based issues, encountered while working in alternative sites. She is interested in developing responsive work and mapping the making process of the environmental and participatory artist.



2010- 2013           University of the West of Scotland

                                    Master of Education (Artist Teacher)

1991- 1992           University of East London

                                    PGDip Art in Architecture (Public Art)

1988- 1991           Edinburgh College of Art

                                   BA(Hons) Design (Architectural Glass)

1987- 1988          Cumbria College of Art & Design



Selected Exhibitions

2023  Coming Home, Florence Arts Centre, Egremont, Cumbria Oct 29- Dec 22

2023  Metamorphosis, Intro Gallery, Carlisle, Oct 14-29

2023  Climate Matters, The Bridge Gallery, Tynemouth, 7th April-July.

2022  Unpublished, Bridewell Studios and Gallery, Liverpool, 1-16 Oct.

2022  Art Walk Porty, Portobello, Edinburgh, Sept 1-30

2022  ‘Fruitful’, Group Exhibition, Florence Arts Centre, Cumbria.

2021  Dinle Kuyudan, Listen from the Well, Barbaros Water Culture Heritage Project Exhibition, Izmir, Turkey, Nov 20- Dec 12.

2021  Through the Locking Glass Exhibition, Rheged  Centre,  Penrith, 26 June-11 Jul.

2020  The Life of Plastic, Buy the kilo Gallery, Tynemouth, North  Shields, October.

2020  Through the Locking Glass Exhibition, Studio Morland, Cumbria, 15-30 August

2020  Environmental Crisis Exhibition – Science and Art, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, Feb 13- Mar 14.

2019   Extreme Views, Group exhibition, Art Gene, Barrow in Furness, Apr 4 – Apr 14.

2019  100 Timepieces, Untangled Threads, Coastival Festival, Feb 28- Mar 23.

2018Wrexham Open Exhibition, Ty Pawb/Undegun, Wrexham, Oct 12- Dec 16

2018  Polluted Postcards, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, Devon, Oct 2- Oct 13.

2017  Art Gene, Micro Residency Exhibtion, August 11-31.

2016 'Points of View' Group Show, Lazy Susan Gallery, New York, USA.

2016  Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibtion, Rheged, Cumbria, Oct 21- Nov 13.

2016  RSA Open 2016, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, Scotland, Jul 16 - Aug 30 2016.

2015  WAKE, Four Person Exhibition, Undegun, Wrexham, North Wales, Nov 16- Dec 10.

2015  North Wales Open, Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Flintshire, North Wales.

2015  DU ar WYN - Black on White, Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold, Flintshire, North Wales, May 2 – Jun 6.

2015  Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition, Rheged, Apr 26 - Jul 28.

2014  Scope International Contemporary Art Show, Creativity Squared Group Show,

Miami  Beach, USA, 2 - 7 Dec

2014 Shropshire Open, Gallery 3,Shrewsbury, 13 Oct-17 Nov.

2014  Rheged Micro Exhibition & Sculpture Trail, Sep 12 2014 - Nov 2 

2014  North Wales Open, Oriel Gallery, Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Flintshire, North Wales.

2013  MEd Artist Teacher Exhibition in association with the Glasgow Galleries.

2006  FRED An Art Invasion across Cumbria.

2006  Percy House, Rural Women's Network, Cockermouth.

2004  Valley Sketchbook, Wasdale, Copeland Artists.

2004  FRED An Art Invasion across Cumbria.

2004  FRED An Art Invasion across Cumbria.

1992  Economist Plaza, St.James Sq, London, Public Sculptures and Printed Banners, Public Art Development Trust.


Public Commissions

2012   Bluebirds-Prayer Room Window, St. George's Primary School, Barrow in Furness.

2004 'CARING' Glass Wall North Cumbria Acute Hospital Trust funded by Enhancing the Healing Environment, The Kings Fund.

1992  University of East London, Plaistow, Printed Glass Panels.



2023     Cromarty Residency, Cromarty Arts Trust, July 23- Aug 4

2022     The Fish Factory, Penryn Cornwall, Aug 1-14

2021    Greywood Arts, Creative Process Residency, Killeagh, Ireland, Jul 31- Aug 7.

2019    Brison Veor Residency, Cape Cornwall, Jul 27- Aug 3

2017    Gene Pool Residency, Art Gene, 1-11 August.

2016    Mothership Residency, Powerstock, Dorset, 8-21 August.

2016    Axisweb Instagram Takeover, May 6-8.

2015    Florence Arts Centre, Research Residency, 1-31 August.

2015    Cow House Studios, Wexford, Ireland, 6-12 April.


Art in Education

Selected Collaborative, Workshops and Site-Specific projects

2021  Dynamic Dunescapes, Wildlife Trust, Quadration Workshop, Haverigg Beach, Aug 24.

2021  Signal Films, West Coast Photo Festival, Copeland Schools Environmental Art Workshops, Lead Artist, May-July.

2018 Mural, Egremont Market Hall, Cumbria

2016  Shelter Mural, Workington, Cumbria

2015  Printmaking Workshops at Florence Arts Centre, 1-31 August.

2014  Mural Project, Community Growing Garden, Salterbeck, Workington, Cumbria.

2013  Jellyfish Glass and Ceramic Mosaic, Summer School, Whitehaven

2011  Fern Project, Newcastle University

2011  Banner and Banner parade, Whitehaven

2010  Haig Pit, Responses to the Collection, Whitehaven School.

2006  Mural, Remapping of Whitehaven, Monkwray Primary School.

2006 St. James Junior School, Whitehaven, Glass Panel, Funded by  Cumbria Arts in Education.

2006  St. Begh's Primary School, Mural-'Industrial Power'.

2006  Spinning Yarns, Workshops, Egremont.

2006  Mural, Weston Spirit, Whitehaven

2005  Workshops at 'The Big Hill'.

2005  Spinning Yarns, Community workshops, glass, mosaic, Egremont.

2005 'Creatures' St George's Primary School, Barrow in Furness.

2004  Cumbria in Bloom Mural, Whitehaven, students from St. Benedicts RC Secondary School.

2004  'Summerhouse' performance space, Cleator Moor Nursery.

2004 Glass Workshops, The National Trust, Beckfoot, Ennerdale.

2003 Glass Workshops at The Beacon

2003 Performance Tent, The National Trust, The Untold Story, Ennerdale.

2003  Collaborative School Glass Project, Westfield Primary, Harrington Primary & Ewanrigg Primary Schools.

2002   Drawing in primary schools, The Big Draw, Montreal Primary School.

2002  'The Shore' Ceramic and Glass Mosaic, Garth Infant School, Workington.

2002  Set Designs, Joseph, Sands Centre Carlisle.

2001 'Woodlouse' Installation, St. George's Barrow in Furness.

2001 'The Story of the Ship' Book Project, Beacon, Whitehaven.


Awards and Funding


2017      The Big Draw Small Drawing Challenge, Winner

2015      Axisweb 100 recipient.

1992-    Economist Summer Exhibition Winner.

                Public Art Development Trust

                The Kings Fund

                Cumbria Community Foundation

                Copeland Borough Council

                Allerdale Borough Council


Continuing Professional Development

2009 Drawing Power NSEAD Glasgow School of Art

2008 Drawing Power NSEAD Glasgow School of Art



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