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Tessa Lynch works predominantly with sculpture, print and performance. Her work is designed to offer feminist readings of the city, highlighting issues of social reproduction that are at odds with contemporary art. She describes her practice as work and life held in one place, intermingling and blurred. Lynch is interested in the politics that shape the world and how they’re reflected in what we see and experience on a day-to-day basis. She is fascinated by the emotional impact of the environment, specifically the built environment, urban settings, how they’re shaped and controlled and, in turn, how they shape us.


Summer 2022 Playscape commission for National Galleries Scotland, Modern One, Edinburgh

July 2022 Solo exhibition at Edinburgh Printmaker’s, Edinburgh

2022  Made on the Table, publication and performance, GoMA, Glasgow


2019 ‘Stoop, Stoop, Stooping is Stoopid!’  A collaborative exhibition with Rachel Adams at Studio Pavilion,  House For an Art Lover, Glasgow

2019 Gardener, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow

2018 All About You, performance with Rhubaba choir, Collective, Edinburgh

2018 Affinity and Allusion, Collective, Edinburgh

2018 Soft Cells – Uncanny Loop curated by Transit Arts as part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival

2017 L-Shaped Room, Spike Island, Bristol 


2017 NOW, Modern One, National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh (solo room presentation) 


2016 Wave Machine, David Dale, Glasgow 


2016 Green Belt, Whitstable Biennale, Kent 


2016 Painter's Table, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow for Glasgow International Director's Programme 


2014 Cafe Concrete, Glasgow Sculpture Studios Graduate fellowship exhibition


2014 Raising, Jupiter Artland for GENERATION, Edinburgh


2012 Better Times, Whitstable Biennale, Kent


2010 You Are Here, Produced for BBC Live site screen with Collective, Edinburgh


2010 Alexandrite, Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and Collective, Edinburgh


2007 News You Can Use, New Work Scotland Programme, Collective, Edinburgh 


2018 Turns, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, permanent public sculpture

2018 Building per Hour, permanent sculptural bar installed at SWG3, Glasgow 

2014 Raising, Jupiter Artland for GENERATION, Edinburgh, permanent public sculpture



2021 You’re Never Done, Springburn Museum, Glasgow (as part of Glasgow International 2021

2018 It Takes a Village, Humber Street Gallery, Hull 


2018 Uptown High Rise No.2, Vermillion Sands, Copenhagen 


2018 Uncanny Loop, Civic House, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Glasgow 


2018 The Drivers Seat, Cubitt, London - performance of Tethered with Rhona Warwick Paterson curated by Panel, Glasgow 


2017 Frieze, London with Frutta, Rome 


2017 Women and the Man Made Environment, Panel discussion, Marabouparken, Stockholm 


2017 Eat, Sleep, Work, Repeat, Travelling Gallery, various locations in Scotland 


2017 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight)?, J Hammond Projects, London 


2016 Trigger Words, Glasgow Print Studios, Glasgow 


2016 Condo, London with Frutta, Rome 

2015 That's Genetic, 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow 


2015 Over, Over, Over, Simone de Sousa, Detroit  


2014 Mood is Made/ Temperature is Taken, curated by Quinn Latimer for GENERATION, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow  


2013 Fall Scenes,134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow 


2013 Glasgow School of Art MFA Degree Show, Glue Factory, Glasgow 


2012 Performing Sculpture, Modern One, Edinburgh 


2012 Glasgow School of Art MFA Interim Show, Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow  




2011 Joy Axe, Embassy, Edinburgh 


2011 Act II, Rhubaba, Edinburgh 


2010 Keep Floors and Passages Clear, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham and White Columns, New York 


2009 The Art of Giving Part 2–Artist’s performative tour collaboration with Shona Handley , commissioned by EAF 


2009 Subvison Festival, Performance event with Publish and be Damned,  Hamburg 


2008 Sunday Supplement, Performance event with Publish and be Damned, Camden Arts Centre, London 


2008 The Art of Giving, Artist’s performative tour collaboration with Shona Handley commissioned by EAF 


2007 The Embassy Collection, Zoo Art Fair, London 


2007 Polish Connections, Collective, Edinburgh 


2007 Open Space, One day performative interactions, Kunsthochschule, Kassel, Germany 


2007 Name In Lights, Curated performance event at The Ross Bandstand, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh


2006 Night of a Thousand Trips, Video and Performance night, The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh 


2005 Et Tu Tribute, Video and Performance night, The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh 





2020 Florent Stone Award - Edinburgh University

2017 Elephant Trust recipient

2017 Creative Scotland, Open Funding recipient


2014 Creative Scotland Artist's bursary


2013 Glasgow Sculpture Studios Gordon Foundation Graduate Fellowship


2010 Arts Trust Scotland Award


2010 Edinburgh City Council Visual Arts & Crafts Award


2007 Edinburgh City Council Visual Arts & Crafts Award


2007 Selected for New Work Scotland Programme, Collective



Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale

Edinburgh University Collection

Arts Council Collection



2019 MAP, Soap Suds, article by Gwen Dupre

2016 Frieze, Portfolio: Tessa Lynch


2015 Scottish Arts News, article by Laura Campbell


2014 Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland: Reader and Guide


2011 Collective 1984-2009

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