Dr Patricia MacKinnon-Day

Liverpool School of Art and Design

I am an artist, auto-ethnographer and storyteller who through a range of research processes and creative installations in non-art sites, makes visible cultural landscapes that are ordinarily hidden.
I use the word ‘palimpsest’ to describe my process of excavating and investigating multiple layers of a place over a significant period of time. The element of time in my work is crucial regarding the autobiographical; from the historical to the contemporary; researching a place; embedding myself within a place; making the work and writing about the work after it is completed. All these different elements, which I have a strong connection to are important to my work.
Time and loss are key concepts in analysing and understanding the subtext of my research and outcomes. My practice draws upon theoretical sources including Lucy Lippard’s idea of ‘weaving lived experiences’ within the ‘subject of place’ Lippard (1997), Paul Virilio's study of the ‘infra-ordinary’ and Warwick’s reflections on artists engaged with communities and Goffman's ethnographic study of asylums.
Certain aspects of my methodology are borrowed from the practice of auto-ethnographers who use personal experience to examine and critique life experiences that confront pressures that exist from both inside and outside standpoints.

The aims of my research practice are to:
• produce art that brings apparently uneventful and overlooked aspects of lived
experience into visibility.
• record ordinary lives in their everyday places for people to see now and in the future.
• excavate a site-specific place through its physical, historical, psychological, social, and political contexts taking into consideration the aspects of time within the minutiae of everyday life.
• interrogate, examine and create ideas for artworks in places where art is not normally practiced or seen.
Whilst my methodology of working within a site is often slow and undramatic, a meticulous approach is essential, in that it allows me as an artist to develop a respect for both people and place and to illuminate the realities of everyday experience.


2017, liverpool John Moores University, England, PhD, Site intervention
1994, Royal College of Art, England, MA

Postgraduate training

MA, england, Royal College of Art, 1992 - 1994

Highlighted publications

MacKinnon-Day P. 2009. Making Visible the Invisible (2005- 2010) ORCHARD Park Cambridge Commissions East . Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P, Mackinnon-Day P, Carpenter B. Trail Blazing, An Act to Follow Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P, Mackinnon-Day P, Carpenter B. Trail Blazing, An Act to Follow Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Private Views Made Public Author Url Publisher Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Private Views Made Public Author Url Publisher Url


MacKinnon-Day P, Gabie N, Rooney P, Jackson T, Holtaway J, O Donghaile D. 2018. Constructing Connections: Fiction, Art and Life :ix-xix

Gabie N, Rooney P, Jackson T, Holtaway J, O Donghaile D, MacKinnon-Day P. 2017. Constructing Connections: Fiction, Art and Life :1-1

mackinnon-Day P. 2017. ORIGIN AND THE DARWIN SWEETPEA Author Url Public Url

MacKinnon-Day P. 2009. Making Visible the Invisible (2005- 2010) ORCHARD Park Cambridge Commissions East . Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P, Mackinnon-Day P, Carpenter B. 2006. Open House Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P. 2005. Marking Time (2002 – 2005) Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P, Mackinnon-Day P, Carpenter B. Back Bittern Street

MacKinnon-Day P, Mackinnon-Day P, Carpenter B. Back Bittern Street

Journal article

NSEAD/JOHN WILEY & SONS , MacKinnon-Day P. 2016. An Artist’s Anthropological Approach to Sustainability International Journal of Art and Design Education, 35 :307-315 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

MacKinnon-Day P. 2004. Exposing Contemporary Visual Artists' practice a-n magazine, :5-5 Author Url


2014. Rural Voices – from Depmore to Shocklack (2009 – 2012) Public Url


MacKinnon-Day P, MacKinnon-Day P, Blackmore J. 2011. Wishing steps

MacKinnon-Day P. 2011. Thimbleby's Tower

MacKinnon-Day P, Mackinnon-Day P, Insall D. 2011. public art lighting design for Newgate bridge

MacKinnon-Day P. 2010. Mill Road Cemetery Author Url Publisher Url


MacKinnon-Day P. 2008. Ancient and Modern :24-69 land Securities PLc. Warwickshire 9780954730048

MacKinnon-Day P. 2007. Architectural voices Littlefield D, Lewis S. Architectural voices :83-85 John Wiley & Sons Inc 9780470016732 Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Ancient and Modern szredski Y, Insite Arts Ltd . 9780954730048


MacKinnon-Day P, Mackinnon-Day P, Carpenter B. Trail Blazing, An Act to Follow Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P, Mackinnon-Day P, Carpenter B. Trail Blazing, An Act to Follow Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Private Views Made Public Author Url Publisher Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Private Views Made Public Author Url Publisher Url

MacKinnon-Day P. 10 Day Rehearsal

MacKinnon-Day P. From China to China Town Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

MacKinnon-Day P, gabie N, rooney P. Constructing connections: Fiction, Art and life Author Url Public Url

cotterrell D, Kulkarni N, MacKinnon-Day P. Digital Open Publisher Url Public Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Tracing the Landscape: Cumbrian farm women Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Origin, Darwin Green Public Url

MacKinnon-Day P. The Calling Sheds Publisher Url Public Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Artist Teacher Associates Exhibitions, symposiums, residencies and workshop events Public Url

MacKinnon-Day P, MacKinnon-Day P, Rooney P, Gabie N, Jackson T, Holtaway J, O Donghaile D. Constructing Connections: Fiction, Art and Life (2017) Public Url

Conference publication

MacKinnon-Day P, Quick C, Chong Kwan G, mccormick J. Spaces V sute - the commissioning equation Parabola . Spaces v Site - the commissioning equation Author Url

MacKinnon-Day P. Arbury Park Seminar commissions east . Arbury Park


MacKinnon-Day P. Intimacy and Immensity A Practice-led Explo of People and Place Wilkinson C, Fallows C, Hyatt J. Public Url

External collaboration:

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/tate-exchange/workshop/calling-sheds, Tate Liverpool, Four women shepherds: Teleri Fielden : National Trust, Wales; Lisa Berry: England ; Catherine O’Grady Powers: Ireland ; Lisa Gast: Scotland. 2019

https://croxtethpandorama.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/constructing-connections-four-schools/, Connstructing connections: Four Schools. Liverpool School of Art and Design, The Hawthorne’s Free School St Margarets’s Church of England Academy Kilgarth School UTC Warrington. 2017

http://www.artistteacherassociates.com/, Artist Teacher Associates, Curious Minds, Sandra Hiett. 2014

http://www.portico.nu/about/news/article/chesters-city-walls-towers-centre-of-european-attention.html, Portico Chester Walls Project, Donald Insall Architects and Imagemakers. 2010

Research Grants Awarded:

Barratts Housing Development, Origin, Grant value (£): 118000, Duration of research project: one year. 2018

Lakeland Arts, Rural Voices of Cumbria (working title), Grant value (£): 20000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2018

Grants for the Arts, Tracing the Landscape: Cumbrian farm women, Grant value (£): 15000, Duration of research project: 8 months. 2017

Liverpool John Moores University, Constructing connections: Fiction, Art and life, Gabie, Rooney, Downie, Grant value (£): 2000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2017

Arts Council of England, Constructing connections: Fiction, Art and life, Neville Gabie, Paul Rooney and Frances Downie, Grant value (£): 24,500, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2017

Croxteth Hall, Liverpool, Constructing connections: Fiction, Art and life, neville Gablie, Paul Rooney, Frances Downie, Grant value (£): 3310, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2017

Barratt Developments PLC, Origin, Darwin Green development, Grant value (£): 20000, Duration of research project: 5 years. 2013

Other invited event:

Artist Teachers Associates SciArt Intervention, Tate Liverpool, Sci Art Intervention event aimed at artists who work in educational contexts in collaboration with LJMU students from Fine Art Programme. This event is a professional develpment activity organised with partners from across the NorthWest, such as Tate Liverpool, Bluecoat, Atkinson Gallery, Walker Art Gallery and Whitworth Art Gallery.. 2016

External PGR examinations performed:

Northumbria University, PhD, Why Make A Case for The Artist Facilitator. 2014


Rural Women, arts council funding award. 2010

IALD Awards of Merit The Alsmhouse, IALD International Association of Lighting, http://www.iald.org/about/awards/details.asp?ID=47. 2006

Teaching qualification:

Bachelor of Education (distinction in teaching). 1980

Media Coverage:

http://democracy.cambridge.gov.uk/documents/s34066/DG1%20LC%20Final%20JDCC%20report%20May%202016.pdf, Origin - planning consent approved for Darwin Green Development.

http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk/croxteth-hall/whats-on/2017-events/2017-ragged-trousered-philanthropist/, Constructing Connections: Fiction, Art and Life Ongoing in the Hall The exhibition - Constructing connections: Fiction, Art and Life Artists Patricia MacKinnon-Day, Paul Rooney and Neville Gabie will be working at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool, during the summer of 2017, developing new work in response to the novel ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist’ by Robert Tressell and in the context of the building and its archive. Although he died in penury Robert Tressell’s novel, written in the early 1900’s and published posthumously in 1914, is considered to be one of the cornerstones of English socialism. He died in Liverpool in 1911. More details on the blog https://croxtethpandorama.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/upstairs-downstairs/.

http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/MediaTemp/1132811-503726.pdf, Origin - Darwin Green Public Art Programme 2014 update.

http://www.artscapemanagement.com/news/patricia-mackinnon-day-appointed-artist-local-centre-commiss/, Origin - appointed artist for Darwin Green development.

http://www.cumbriamagazine.co.uk/farming-is-in-their-blood/, Cumbria Life Magazine features on Tracing the Landscape and an opinion piece by Caz Graham about Tracing the Landscape. Distribution: 11000 copies 1st April 2018.

http://www.cumbriamagazine.co.uk/farming-is-in-their-blood/, Tracing the Landscape Cumbria Magazine April 2018.

http://www.exeter.gov.uk/media/pdf/0/g/Princesshay_Summary.pdf, Government report of re-development. A Summary of the Redevelopment in Exeter’s Centre 2008 page 17 (includes impact of public art piece by MacKinnon-Day).

http://www.makowerarchitects.com/darwin-green-library.html, Origin - Mackinnon-Day's design will be installed on building designed by Makower Architects.

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/what-s-on/article/Cumbrian-exhibition-celebrates-women-in-farming-0c1fcc26-0753-4df6-aa2e-8ade6ce1fc99-ds, Tracing the Landscape North West Evening Mail: (7744 copies) / Website 20k unique visits 27th Feb 2018.

http://www.theguardian.com/global/2009/oct/11/orchard-park-germaine-greer, Review; Orchard Park housing estate was to be 'Aspirational'. Locals now call it ‘Beirut’ Germaine Greer. The Guardian. 11 Oct 2009.

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/16159951.ARTS__Farm_women_are_focus_of_new_Abbot_Hall_multimedia_show/, Tracing the Landscape Westmorland Gazette - one and a half page piece on the exhibition (14000 copies each week). (100k visits to website) 14th April 2018.

https://croxtethpandorama.wordpress.com/, https://www.facebook.com/tressellnoonan/, Did the Raggeds paint Croxteth Hall - an art project Facebook and Blog Exhibition Construction Connections: Fiction, Art and Life.

https://croxtethpandorama.wordpress.com/about/, Blog entitled: Croxteth Pandora “The ‘Pandorama’ consisted of a stage-front made of painted cardboard and fixed on the front of a wooden box…The ‘Show’ was a lot of pictures cut out of illustrated weekly papers and pasted together, end-to-end, so as to form a long strip or ribbon” from ‘The Pandora’ in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell This blog is part of a creative project that is taking place over the summer of 2017 in Croxteth, Liverpool. Artists Patricia MacKinnon-Day, Paul Rooney and Neville Gabie are developing new works in response to the novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell. Set against the backdrop of Croxteth Hall and Country Park, the blog explores the artist’s works and the history of the area, and it reflects on themes of labour, leisure and creativity. The blog is inspired by a chapter in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – ‘The Pandora’. In this chapter, painter and decorator Bert White creates a toy theatre – a ‘Pandorama’. The ‘show’ he creates for children at a birthday party depicts the two extremes of lived experiences under a capitalist system. Bert juxtaposes photographs of starving workers with images of luxurious dining tables and the well-fed pets of the aristocracy. Taking the toy theatre as a starting point, the blog aims to be a kind of contemporary ‘pandorama’ that documents the individual practices of each of the artists working at Croxteth, as well as the history of the area and its intersections with wider conversations around labour and creativity..

https://lakelandarts.wordpress.com/2018/05/, Tracing the Landscape Lakeland Arts promo video for the exhibition Viewed more than 1000 times..

https://lakelandarts.wordpress.com/2018/05/, Tracing the Landscape Regular posts on Lakeland Arts twitter and Facebook. Some 40+ tweets - most with images. (Each reaching at least 47k people).

https://twitter.com/jessicaholtaway?lang=en, Jessica Holtaway Retweeted Mackinnon-Day‏ @pmack_artist Aug 27 Save the Dates! (9th, 10th,17th and 24th September ) Exhibition at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool https://croxtethpandorama.wordpress.com.

https://www.artfund.org/whats-on/exhibitions/2018/03/02/patricia-mackinnon-day-tracing-the-landscape-cumbrian-farm-women-exhibition, Tracing the Landscape Art Fund website 2nd March 2018.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p060gy7b, BBC Radio Four Farming Today interview with Patricia MacKinnon-Day about Tracing the Landscape. (roughly 1.6 million listeners each day) 8th March 2018.

https://www.bigissuenorth.com/centre-stage/2018/04/tracing-landscape-cumbrian-farm-women/, The Big Issue magazine: Interview with artist Patricia MacKinnon-Day about Tracing the Landscape exhibition at the Abbot Hall art gallery “Tracing the Landscape” 82294 copies April 2018.

https://www.cumbriacrack.com/2018/02/21/tracing-landscape-cumbrian-farm-women/, Tracing the Landscape : Cumbria Crack news website (500k unique visitors each month) 21st Feb 2018.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-pie-picnic-tickets-37061309374?aff=erelexpmlt, - The minibus leaves Homebaked at Anfield at 12 pm sharp. - Please donate what you can - each adult ticket is worth £13.40. - Ticket includes: pie (£3 over the counter), return mini bus from Home Baked at Anfield (£6.90/adult), entrance to Croxteth Hall (£3.50/£2.70) and a tour of the exhibition. About the event: Dr Deaglan Ó Donghaile will introduce the Art and Pie Picnic with a talk on the bus journey to Croxteth Hall. Deaglan is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University. His research centres on the relationship between radical politics and literary writing, and he is currently writing an article on how class conflict is represented in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. He will discuss the ways in which Robert Tressell portrayed capitalism as a form of violence and the novel's treatment of the shocks and suffering that are inflicted on the working class by the capitalist élite. Context This summer, artists Neville Gabie, Patricia MacKinnon Day and Paul Rooney have been responding to themes in the 1914 novel The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and making new works at Croxteth Hall. Writer Jess Holtaway has been documenting the process on the blog: https://croxtethpandorama.wordpress.com Croxteth Hall was undergoing building works at the time that the book’s author Robert Noonan (also a skilled painter and decorator) had his first temporary stay in Liverpool. Noonan (pen name Tressell) started work on his only book - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - shortly afterwards in 1910. It is a savage, largely autobiographical indictment of the miserable conditions of the Edwardian 'hard-working poor’. It is not an easy read, but it has a gritty realism and political urgency that continues to draw new audiences. Published in 1914, it was passed from soldier to soldier in the trenches during the First World War and quickly gained popularity. It has never out of print because generations of readers say that reading it changed their lives and that it is as relevant now as when it was written. We will be running additional pay-what-you-can minibus trips to Croxteth Hall 10th,17th and 24th September. For more information, please visit the blog. Please also follow us on Twitter (@CroxtethPandora and @tressellnoonan) and on Facebook to keep abreast of transport and event information..

https://www.facebook.com/tressellnoonan/, Facebook page set up to promote exhibition and event at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool Did the Raggeds paint Croxteth Hall?- an art project Relating to art project Constructing connections: Fiction, Art and life.

BBC Radio Cumbria breakfast show live interview with Patricia MacKinnon-Day. (roughly 13000 listeners each day).

images and photos of the exhibition uploaded: @CroxtethPandora on Twitter #constructingconnections.

tracing the Landscape Facebook: Live broadcast of the in-conversation event: 729 views and regular postings. april to June 2018 Blogs: 3 blogs in relation to the exhibition on Lakeland Arts website..

Other Professional Activity:

A light based public art commission, entitled Origin, for Darwin Green a housing development in Cambridge..

Artist Teacher Associates As joint-founder of this not for profit organisation, set up in 2014 to support research/practice of artists working in education, I have forged this initiative, together with Dr. Sandra Hiett, an art education expert. Research has shown that Continuing Professional Development that supports the development of Artist Teachers’ own contemporary art practice is a significant factor in enhancing the art curriculum, developing young people’s access to contemporary practice and offering positive role models (Ofsted 2011; Hyde 2005). This innovative organisation has received a funding award from Curious Minds and is endorsed by NSEAD. Partners include : Tate Liverpool; Whitworth, Manchester; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Atkinson Gallery, Southport; The Grundy, Blackpool; Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University..

Women in Conversation This panel discussion is linked to Tracing the Landscape: Cumbrian Farm Women exhibition and will explore life in the rural landscape and issues affecting farming today. Exhibition artist, Patricia MacKinnon-Day will be joined by Sian Lincoln, ethnographer and communications lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and two farm women in the Abbot Hall Dining Room to discuss topics on farming. To become part of the discussion, submit your questions by emailing info@abbothall.org.uk. Location: Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Kendal, LA9 5AL.