Shona Mackay

Shona Mackay is a composer and mixed-media artist based in Glasgow. Her work often explores themes of gender, identity, narrative and interconnectivity. She is interested in pushing the boundaries of what it means to be “the composer”, utilising a variety of media including music, spoken word, film, photography and elements of theatre.

Alongside composition, Shona works as an educator, facilitator and teaching artist in numerous arts and education projects across the West of Scotland, focusing on widening participation and embedding creativity into the school curriculum.

In 2016/2017 she worked with the Glasgow School of Art Choir as part of Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme, in partnership with Sound and Music, BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation. “Continuum”, written specially for the choir, was performed in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow in May 2017. Interviews about and excerpts from the piece were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in early 2018.