Alastair MacLennon



In 1997 Alastair MacLennan represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the Politicial Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to date.  During the 1970s and 80s he made (some) long, non-stop durational performances in Britain, America and Canada, of up to 144 hours each. The subject matter dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction.  Since 1975 he has been based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was a founding member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange (1978).  Since 1975 he has taught at the University of Ulster, Belfast, where for 11 years he ran the Master of Arts Fine Art programme.  Currently he travels extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, North America and Canada presenting Actuations (performance/installations).  Since 1989 he has been a member of the internationally regarded performance art entity, Black Market International, which performs globally.  He is presently an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of Dartington College of Arts, Devon, England, an Honorary Associate of the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, Scotland and a Founding member of the Belfast based Performance Art entity, Bbeyond.