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Kirsteen Macdonald is a founding member of Chapter Thirteen, a space for the development and production of curatorial projects located in Govan. Established in 2016 by five curators, Chapter Thirteen operates as a co-operative, providing a platform for the realisation of individual members’ own research projects, in an environment of mutual support. Kirsteen is also a lecturer in Design, History & Theory at Glasgow School of Art and practice-based doctoral researcher in the School of Fine Art.
She has twenty years of curatorial and administrative experience, including in Local Authority arts development teams at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (1999-2001) and The Changing Room, Stirling (2001-2009), where she developed an integrated approach to programming, commissioning, curating exhibitions, events, artists’ CPD and educational work. As a programmer with Glasgow International (2009-2012) she developed new partnerships across a broad international base. Seconded to the Scottish Arts Council as Visual Arts Office (Artists’ Support) between 2005-2006, she has also worked as a Specialist Advisor to SAC and Creative Scotland. She served on the Board of Trustees at Market Gallery and engage (national association for gallery education) and is a current member of Lux Scotland’s Advisory Group. In 2011 she initiated Scotland’s first independent curatorial development programme Framework (with the support of CCA Glasgow), which led to the formation of Curatorial Studio in 2015, a unique programme of peer-learning organised with partners SCAN, GSA and CCA.