MLitt Curatorial Practice School of Fine Art

Mackenzie Heiner (they/she)

Mackenzie Heiner is a multidisciplinary artist-curator originally from Utah, USA, and is currently based and working in Glasgow, Scotland. Heiner is a graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Art History and Fine Art and graduates from the internationally renowned Glasgow School of Art with a Master of Letters in Curatorial Practice Contemporary Art (CPCA) in September 2023.

Since enrollment at the Glasgow School of Art, Heiner has become a multi-faceted, yet clearly driven, curator. Working within the mediums of collage and sound, their work is driven by an aim to communicate the vulnerability of lesbian identity and memory. Heiner’s curatorial practice is born in the overlaps of their studio work and all the media they consume, taking notes from lesbian archives, textiles, domestic spaces, and poetry.

In Heiner’s final curatorial project, our love lasts so long, their research culminates in a gentle and intimate exhibition. Exploring embroidery, mending, making, and poetry as means of documenting precarious histories, Heiner’s show tasks its audience to consider how lesbian stories are passed down. It presents a shared diary, filled with poems, on personal audio players around an organically bound installation from artists Murphy Scoular and Lydia Budler. It considers all that is intimate and its completion in July 2023 encourages Heiner’s future projects to continue exploring the significance of lesbian domestic atmospheres and intimate spaces.

our love lasts so long shared diary