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Morag Myerscough

We make belonging

Thursday at 7:30 p.m. - November 14, 2019
Sala Aleix Carrió / Students Room (streaming)

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Morag Myerscough's mantra is ‘make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’. Born and Bred, London, Morag has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how colour and pattern can change urban environments and peoples perceptions of spaces into places.

From schools and hospitals to cultural hubs and town centres Morag transforms public spaces by creating engaging experiences for everyone. The Temple of Agape built for the Festival of Love on London’s Southbank in 2014 used public space to create an open, interactive symbol of devotion to love in all its forms.

Her strong visual approach is instantly recognisable and elevates every context in which it is placed. Her work is rooted in creating a sense of joy and belonging for all those who encounter it. Morag creates specific local responses to each distinct audience that will see and experience the work, using it to create community and build identity.

She often works with community groups to develop ideas that reflect the identity of the users, drawing on shared cultural history and heritage of the local area. Morag’s visual vocabulary is inclusive by nature and its effortless energy, resonates both visually and emotionally with audiences well beyond geographical and cultural boundaries. Morag’s contribution to educational environments was recognised in 2015, when her work with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris on Burntwood School won the Stirling Prize for Architecture.

Morag studied at St Martin’s School of Art (Now Central St Martins) and the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Morag was made a ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ RSA in 2017. She was awarded an 2019 Honorary Fellow, University Arts London (UAL CSM), 2019 Honorary Professorship, University for the Creative Arts (UCA), UK, Honorary Fellow, 2015 Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), UK. Morag will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, Gloucester University, UK, Nov 2019.

Morag is obsessed with ‘Belonging’ and talks around the world about it. Her work has been widely published around the world for her social approach and her distinct use of colour and pattern often incorporating positive messaging.