Malcolm Lochhead

Textile artist and designer, Emeritus Professor of Visual Design, Glasgow Caledonian University

Malcolm LochheadA graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Malcolm initially was interested in a career as a window dresser. Whilst at the Art School he became enthralled by the work of Kathleen Whyte, the embroidery design and textile artist working in ecclesiastical design. He asked to study with her and was accepted. Not long after graduating, Malcolm received his first commission to design dresses for a TV show for Lena Martell, the Glaswegian singer. Whilst keen to work as a costume designer he was persuaded to gain a teaching qualification as "something to fall back on". His first teaching post was at a junior secondary school in Coatbridge but was then employed as a lecturer where he played a key role in developing the degree in Marketing and Design and held the title of Millenium Fellow In Design.

Whilst lecturing at the University he simultaneously worked on a wide array of projects including the tremendously ambitious "Keeping Glasgow in Stitches", a community arts project jointly organised by Needleworks, a community sewing project and Glasgow Museums, as part of the European City of Culture. In total 640 people were involved with Malcolm holding overall responsibility. Twelve banners representing the months of the year and aspects of the city were designed and displayed at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. The complete set of 12 banners was unveiled in the Centre Hall at Kelvingrove on 16 December 1990.

Since then the projects and commissions Malcolm has undertaken have been many and varied. This includes designing furnishings for two of the nine chapels at Durham Cathedral and textile installations and embroideries for both the Great Hall and the Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle.

He has also been commissioned to create works for a large number of chruches throughout Scotland. Some of these are memorials and one that he is particularly proud of is the design for a memorial curtain for the synagogue in Giffnock, the idea of which was to convey darkness into light.

After this illustrious career his retirement was announced however he continues to consider and work on installations and community art projects.

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