Dr ​Janice McNab

Head of department

Dr. Janice McNab (she/ her) joined the MA Artistic Research in 2015, as head of dept. She supervises all aspects of student study and is responsible for the continually updating programme.

Janice is a Scottish born painter who now lives in the Netherlands. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1997 and first moved to the Netherlands in 2000, on a Scottish Arts Council artist residency in Amsterdam. Janice has worked as a thesis supervisor at The Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, and been an editor for If I Can’t Dance Publications, Amsterdam. She is a frequent guest artist at other academies, most recently Cal Arts, Los Angeles (2021). She is a 2022 Fellow of the Women’s International Study Centre in Santa Fe.

Janice’s work transforms the food, clothes and detritus of daily life into images of embodiment that trace a constant negotiation with external definition. As an artistic researcher, her career binds the feminist drive within her painting to art historical critique. The Ghost Artist, her PhD on women’s haunting relation to art history was supported by The Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at Amsterdam University, and her post-doctoral artistic research explores patterned textiles as holders of feminist kinship and legacy.

Her work has been widely exhibited, inc. at Tramway, Glasgow; The Essl Collection, Vienna; The Prague Biennial; Mois de la Photo, Montreal; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; De Vleeshal, Middelburg; BAK, Utrecht; The Pump House, London; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund and Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel.

She is represented by Galeria Fermay, Palma de Mallorca.