Headshot of Jeanne van Heeswijk. Credit: Timothy Tiebout

Keynote lecture: Jeanne van Heeswijk

Scottish National Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy

In this keynote lecture, taking place in the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Dutch visual artist Jeanne van Heeswijk locates her commission for Wester Hailes in the context of her wider practice, and offers an insight into the Community Wellbeing Collective which presents its first iteration as part of the festival Commissions Programme.

Renowned for her long-term community- embedded projects, Van Heeswijk’s work questions art’s autonomy. Working collectively to co-produce projects, she assists communities to collectively imagine a more just future.

Jeanne van Heeswijk’s work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide, including the Liverpool, Shanghai, and Venice biennials. She received the 2011 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, the 2012 Curry Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers, in 2014 she was awarded the inaugural Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at the Center for Curatorial Studies and Human Rights Project at Bard College, and in 2017 she was a fellow at BAK, basis for actuele kunst, Utrecht. She lives and works in Rotterdam.

Hew Locke will deliver our Endnote Lecture on Friday 26 August.

The Keynote Lecture is presented in partnership with National Galleries of Scotland and British Council Scotland. Jeanne van Heeswijk’s commission is developed in partnership with WHALE Arts, and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Keynote lecture: Jeanne van Heeswijk


Jeanne van Heeswijk

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Scottish National Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy

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Friday 29 July

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Scottish National Gallery and Royal Scottish Academy

The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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