Shona Macnaughton: Progressive (2017)

This introduction to Shona Macnaughton’s artwork Progressive (2017) was created by Kirsten Lloyd, School of History of Art, The University of Edinburgh.

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Art and the City

  • Rosalyn Deutsche and Cara Gendel Ryan, ‘The Fine Art of Gentrification’, October 31 (1984): 91–111. Josephine Berry Slater and Anthony Iles, ‘No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City’, Mute, 2009,
  • Richard Florida, ‘The Rise of the Creative Class’, Washington Monthly, May 2002,

Gender and Gentrification

  • Kirsteen Paton, Gentrification: A Working-Class Perspective (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).
  • Winifred Curran, Gender and Gentrification (Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2017).

Questions for Group Work

  1. What links does the artist draw between her own body and the environment, and to what ends?
  2. Is neoliberal urbanism a concern for feminist struggle?

Additional References

  • Liz Bondi, ‘Gender Divisions and Gentrification: A Critique’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 16, no. 2 (1991): 190–98.
  • Catriona Burness, ‘Remember Mary Barbour’, Scottish Labour History 50 (2015): 81–96.
  • Neil Gray, ed., Rent and Its Discontents (London; New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018).
  • Neil Gray and Gerry Mooney, ‘Glasgow’s New Urban Frontier: “Civilising” the Population of “Glasgow East”’, City 15, no. 1 (2011): 4–24.
  • Hamish Kallin, ‘Opening the Reputational Gap’, in Negative Neighbourhood Reputation and Place Attachment: The Production and Contestation of Territorial Stigma, ed. Paul Kirkness and Andreas Tije-Dra (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017), 103–18.
  • Leslie Kern, ‘From Toxic Wreck to Crunchy Chic: Environmental Gentrification through the Body’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 33, no. 1 (2015): 67–83
  • Gregory Sholette, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (London ; New York: Pluto Press, 2011).


This resource is licensed CC BY NC ND, Kirsten Lloyd, University of Edinburgh, 2021.

All images, unless otherwise stated: Shona Macnaughton, Progressive (2017) performance documentation. Photography Matthew Williams. University of Edinburgh Art Collection. CC BY NC ND.

Header image Abstract Urban Gray Pattern by Sherrie Thai, CC BY, Flickr.