Joanne Dawson & Suds McKenna
Platform 2019 Artist Talks

Joanne Dawson, Quilt 1–4 and Aniela (boiler suit) for Aniela Piasecka: Passé, 2019.

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Join us for an introductory tour of Platform: 2019 with the artists Joanne Dawson and Suds McKenna. 

Spaces limited - booking neccessary.


Inspired by her research into the history of smocking and pleating, Joanne Dawson’s sculptural works are derived from traditional textile techniques and related social histories. Commonly, smocks often had embroidered symbols or imagery of the occupation or trade of the wearer; drawing on these histories of object and place, Dawson explores how our social histories and identity can often be shaped through embellishment.

Suds McKenna’s series of crowd studies record busy high streets, food courts, train stations and parks, often employing the aesthetics of cartoon and comic traditions as a mode of communicating character and identity. McKenna uses humour to address issues of identity, personal narrative and mental well-being, in a series of character-driven works that include drawings, comics, prints and sculpture.

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Saturday 17 August 


Disabled AccessToilets


The Fire Station at Edinburgh College of Art
76-78 Lauriston Place,
Edinburgh, EH3 9DE