Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Janssen have collaborated since 1997 after meeting as participants in the biennial Manifesta1, before which each had solo careers. They work across museum contexts and civic sites and this website shows a selection of their projects from 1997-2016.


Tracy's solo exhibitions include ‘BULK’, Barbican Centre, London, ‘Tracy Mackenna’, CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, and ‘Purposeful Invisibility’, Arnolfini, Bristol. Selected publications include ‘BULK’, Tracy Mackenna, London, Barbican Centre; ‘Not a Shred of Evidence’, ‘Tracy Mackenna’, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick,; ‘Tracy Mackenna’, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; ‘Purposeful Invisibility’, Tracy Mackenna, Arnolfini, Bristol. Individually, she continues to explore the role of (performative) writing in visual art and the inter-relationships of text and image, and her research focuses on the mediation of history through personal archives, migratory aesthetics, and gender within collaborative practice. She is a founding Director of Glasgow Sculpture Studios.


Edwin had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries and museums such as Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany and Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria and participated in many group exhibitions. In 2002 he curated ‘Commitment’ (Las Palmas, Rotterdam), a presentation of works and projects by 120 visual artists, designers and architects who work in the Netherlands, commissioned by the Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam. He is interested in museum culture and his research explores curatorial practice, institutional critique, visual interpretation and cultural recycling.


Work is held in public and private collections including Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; Twynstra Gudde, the Netherlands; Child Protection Agency, the Netherlands; Arts Council of England; The Contemporary Art Society; Scottish Arts Council; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; The Henry Moore Institute Library.


Both work for Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee, Scotland. Tracy holds the Personal Chair of Contemporary Art Practice and is Director of the MFA Art, Society & Publics course. Previous posts include Dean of DJCAD (Acting), Associate Dean Art & Media, and Head of The School of Fine Art. Edwin lectures in Contemporary Art Practice, prior to which he was Chairman of the Visual Arts Award Panels at the Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has also been a lecturer and programme leader at the Academy of Art and Design, Arnhem, the Netherlands. Edwin’s PhD research area is artist-led curatorial practice.

TRACY MACKENNA & EDWIN JANSSEN