About Shona


Shona Mackay is a composer and mixed-media artist
based in Glasgow. Her work often explores themes of gender, identity, narrative and interconnectivity. She is interested in pushing the boundaries of what it means to be "the composer", utilising a variety of media including music, spoken word, film, photography and elements of theatre.

Alongside composition, Shona works as an educator,
facilitator and teaching artist in numerous arts and education
projects across the West of Scotland, focusing on widening
participation and embedding creativity into the school

In 2016/2017 she worked with the Glasgow School of Art Choir as part of Making Music's Adopt a Composer scheme, in partnership with Sound and Music, BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation. "Continuum", written specially for the choir, was performed in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow in May 2017. Interviews about and excerpts from the piece were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in early 2018.


"wickedly mischievous" - Michael Tumelty, The Herald

"there's huge potential in her style, and she evidently has her finger firmly on more than one artistic pulse" - Alice Elms, TV Bomb

"many compelling moments" - Ken Walton, The Scotsman

"adventurous exploration of sound" - Josie Balfour, Edinburgh Evening News