The Museum of Loss and Renewal is a project by Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen that combines the production of art with curating and sharing.

The Museum of Loss and Renewal


The Museum of Loss and Renewal is a mobile discursive practice that creates space for sharing experiences to further the understanding of the challenges we face in our individual and communal lives.


Merging production, education and research The Museum of Loss and Renewal manifests itself in multiple forms such as exhibitions, presentations and publications. These activities often incorporate interdisciplinary public gatherings.


The museum also hosts a range of residency projects in partnership with many creative people and arts organisations. Please email if you have a proposal you would like to discuss with us.


The curators of this autarchic museum, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, develop in collaboration with others art projects that address issues of societal concern such as well-being, end of life and sustainability. Key questions evolve around social relationships, the way places are inhabited and how personal objects reflect who we are. The Museum of Loss and Renewal is a vehicle that enables the consideration of how to lead a more balanced life.


Supported to date by Highland Hospice, Creative Scotland, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Timespan Museum & Arts Centre, Dundee Alcohol and Drug Partnership, The International Society of Addiction Medicine (isamDUNDEE 2015), Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design Research, University of Dundee, The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Sir William Gillies Bequest, Institut Français and Ville de Lille.


Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen


Tracy and Edwin began collaborating in 1997 after meeting as participants in Manifesta (1), the roving European Biennial of Contemporary art. Before this each had solo careers. Their collaborative art practice is a creative and discursive site where production, presentation, exchange, education and research meet:


Tracy is an artist and educator, and an alumna of The Glasgow School of Art and The Hungarian University of Fine Arts. She exhibits internationally and has had solo exhibitions at e.g. Barbican Centre, London; CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; Arnolfini, Bristol. She employs writing as a dialogical process and is interested in the playful, provocative and non-linear properties of language use within visual art practice, to give new voice to her collaborators and subject-matters. Extensive periods have been spent living and working in Hungary, Romania, France and the Netherlands making art, and establishing art networks and artist-led organisations. She is a founding-Director of Glasgow Sculpture Studios and an Academician of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture. (Prof) Tracy holds the Personal Chair of Contemporary Art Practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. Educational practice is focused through the Masters programme MFA Art, Society & Publics which she devised and leads.


Edwin has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums such as Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany and Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria. His PhD explored artist-led curatorial practice, institutional critique, museum culture and cultural recycling. Curatorial experience includes ‘Commitment’ (Las Palmas, Rotterdam), a presentation of works and projects by 120 visual artists, designers and architects who work in the Netherlands, commissioned by the Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam. (Dr) Edwin lectures in Contemporary Art Practice at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. Prior to this he was a lecturer and programme leader at the Academy of Art and Design, Arnhem, the Netherlands. He was Chairperson of the Visual Arts Award Panels at the Foundation for Visual Art, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.