McMurrough, Alice PAI RGI

Elected to RSW 2013

Artists Statement

In my artwork, I create connections. I intertwine memories of personal events with contemporary issues, family legends, cultural myths and religious fables. I use distortion, metaphor and symbolism, in a context free from chronological time and precise place.

I aim for an attention that children have for the world, before ritual and maturity strips life of its daily magic.

The resulting images display theatrical characters on stage- like sets, inviting open narratives and subjective interpretations.


1973-77 Glasgow School Art – DA
1977-78 Glasgow School Art – Post Dip
1978-79 Teacher training
1979-2007 teaching, painting, marrying Neil Macdonald, mothering two sons, loving and living in Scotland
2007- left teaching to paint full time
2013- January, Elected PAI  
2013- June, Elected RGI 
2013- November, Elected RSW


2013 Civic Award East Dunbartonshire Council 
2013 Dalrymple Award, Maclaurin Annual Fine Art Exhibition 
2012 Anne Stevenson Memorial Award East Dunbartonshire Council 
2011 James Torrance Award, RGI 
2010 Glasgow Art Club Fellowship, PAI 

Selected Exhibitions


2011 Solo Exhibition - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2010 Solo Exhibition - Mansfield Park Gallery 
2009 Solo Show - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh  


2013 Scottish Exhibition, Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon 
2013 Hospitalfield Alumni Association Group Show, Meffan, Forfar
2012 Six Degrees of Separation' Smithy Gallery, Blanefield 
2011 ‘Making Connections’ - Auld Kirk Museum, East Dunbartonshire 
2009 'Cabinet Pieces' - Fraser Gallery, St Andrews 
2009 Group Show - Lemon Street Gallery, Truro 
2009 Two Person exhibition with Neil Macdoandl -RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow 

Public Collections

Royal Scottish Academy
East Dunbartonshire Council

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