Peter McCaughey works one day a week with the department. Peter is an artist who works internationally with a practice focused on the local. He describes his practice as people centred, ideas-based work. His research is currently focused on the landscape of memory. He is curious as to how art and the artist might operate in relation to the public realm.
His work is often site-related and time-specific. Sometimes the work is transient: involving film, video, outdoor projection, sound, light and conversation; on other occasions the work is more permanent, using more traditional materials and processes to explore experiential and conceptual ideas.
Through his recent work, he has been exploring the contested role of the artist in the process of building and rebuilding place. He regularly collaborates with artists, architects, urbanists, engineers, writers, and community activists. To do this as effectively as possible, he established WAVE, a small organisation set up 6 years ago to support and direct a team approach to large scale arts projects. WAVE employs artists, writers, filmmakers, etc. WAVE also supports 'Particle', McCaughey’s independent practice.
Currently Peter is Artist–In-Residence at Trongate 103, has a part time role as Creative Advisor to the Glasgow Housing Association, and he is working with the students studying in the Sculpture and Environmental Art department at Glasgow School of Art, where he teaches part-time.
He is publishing ‘Cultural Hijack’ with Liverpool University Press and is co-organising the Scottish Artist Union’s AGM and will contribute to the ‘Placeholders’ conference in Bergen.