EVENT01.06.2023 / 3.00pm4.00pm

Alastair MacLennan


Alastair MacLennan delivers a performance lecture in Present to Presence, a performance art laboratory including Indonesian and UK-based artists. Presented as part of Melati Suryodarmo’s exhibition Passionate Pilgrim (17 May – 3 September 2023).


Panel Discussion: Melati Suryodarmo and Present to Presence artists
Sunday 4 June, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Free, booking essential
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About the artist

Alastair MacLennan (b. 1943, Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the Political Troubles in Northern Ireland, from 1969 to 1997. During the 1970s and 1980s he made long, non-stop performances in Britain, America and Canada, of up to 144 hours duration. Subject matter dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction. Since 1989 he’s been a member of the highly regarded performance art entity, Black Market International. He is presently an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

This exhibition is supported by Bagri FoundationBritish Council through the Connections Through Culture grants programmeBirmingham City University, University of Leeds, and the Melati Suryodarmo Exhibition Circle: A.I. GalleryShanghART, Tanya Michele Amador and Michiel Verhoeven; and Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson.

It is developed in collaboration with Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Event Details

Second Floor Galleries

Free entry, donations welcome.

No need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for all ages. Seating available.

Please note this is a lecture. Alastair MacLennan also performs on 3 June.

Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here.

For additional access enquiries please contact education@ikon-gallery.org

This event is being photographed and filmed. Please speak to the photographer or filmmaker if you prefer not to be included.


Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Image Credits

Performance Images – Alastair MacLennan, (CO.AN) KOAN (2023) at Ulster University. Curated by Sandra Corrigan Breathnach. Photo credit:  Sandra Corrigan Breathnach.

Portrait Image - Portrait of Alastair MacLennan. Photo credit: Sandra Corrigan Breathnach, 2023.



Events/Talk04.06.2023 / 6.30pm7.30pm
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Melati Suryodarmo and Present to Presence artists 
Panel Discussion
Join Melati Suryodarmo and artists who have participated in the Present to Presence performance art laboratory for a panel discussion, during which they discuss their experience of taking part in the project and their concluding performances.  
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