Allan Harding Mackay

Allan Harding MacKay, RCA, was born in Canada and received his ASNSCA in 1967. Over the span of his visual arts career, he has accumulated extensive and multifaceted credentials as professional artist, gallery director, curator, and arts administrator. His positions in visual art organizations have included CEO and senior management positions in a variety of administrative, curatorial, project management and consultation roles from 1970 to 2010.

He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian War Museum, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Alberta and Kunstmuseum Bern Switzerland have acquired his works as well as corporations and private collections in Canada and Switzerland. He has served as a visiting artist, resident artist and lecturer at several Canadian universities, art colleges, public galleries and national conferences and has been awarded numerous artist grants by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Alberta Foundation of the Arts. His experience in the realm of public art includes 4 commissions in Toronto and Kitchener, Ontario.

Video awards/nominations include Certificate of Honourable Mention Columbus Film & Video Festival; Silver Apple Award, National Educational Media Network: Nomination Best Experimental Video, Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association; Rosie Award, Best Experimental Video, Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association; Nomination, Best Cinematography, Alberta Motion Picture Association Association.

Selected key video exhibitions and screenings include The Banff Centre, Columbus Film & Video Festival, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis University Art Museum, Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), Festival International du Film sur l’art (Montreal), Harvard Film Archive (Cambridge), Wexner Centre for the Arts (Columbus), Canadian Centre for Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), Presentation House (Vancouver), National Gallery of Canada, V-Tape, Free Speech TV, 3 Rencontres International Documentaire de Montreal, International Symposium of Electronic Arts, (Paris), Visions du Reel (Switzerland), One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre (Calgary, Prague, Glasgow), and the National Educational Media Network.

Artist Code: 421


Afghan Vignettes

2007, 15:15 minutes, colour/B&W, English


2001, 18:35 minutes, colour, English & German

Somalia Yellow Vignettes

1998, 29:22 minutes, colour, English & Somali

Pendulum Yellow

1995, 23:00 minutes, colour, English & Somali

Somalia Yellow

1994, 19:00 minutes, colour, English & Somali

Critical Writing

Somalia through an artist's eyes: Work going on display at war museum
by Johnnie Bachusky. The Toronto Star, Jan. 12, 1998.
Lassoing talent for High Performance Rodeo
by Chris Dafoe. The Globe and Mail, Jan. 10, 1998.
Somalia Yellow: Artist Explores Canada's Role in War-Torn Country
by Dinah Clarkson. Calgary Herald, Jan. 1998.
Rodeo show puts war artist on the spot
by Martin Morrow. Calgary Herald, Jan. 9, 1998.
Art is... camels and APCs
by Jamie Robertson. Sentinel, Dec. 1993, v. 29, no. 6.