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Michael McMillan | St. Vincent – UK

Born in 1962 in High Wycombe, UK,
Lives and works in London, UK.

As a writer, playwright, mixed-media artist, curator and academic my practice is interdisciplinary and explores migration, identity, gender, sexuality and hidden histories through performance texts, installation and audio-visual media.

My research interests as an academic and educator includes the creative process, ethnography, oral histories, material culture and performativity.

Graduated in sociology and African and Asian studies from Sussex University, UK (1984), Michael McMillan also holds an MA in Independent Film & Video from Central Saint Martins School of Art in London, UK (1991). He completed his training with a practice-based Arts Doctorate from Middlesex University, UK (2010).

From 2003, Michael McMillan is visiting professor of Creative Writing at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, UK.

In 2010-2011, he was Arts in Health & Well Being artist-in-residence in North Wales.

Michael McMillan is a playwright, writer, scholar, curator and artist.
His recent plays include a new translation of The Good Person of Sezuan by Bertolt Brecht (2010 & 2012) ; Babel Junction (2006) ; Master Juba (2006) ; Blood for Britain (BBC Radio 4 Drama 2001) ; Brother to Brother (1996 & 1998) ; Invisible (1993 & 1998).

As an artist, he emerged with his project « The Front Room » that led to a BBC4 documentary, Tales from the Front Room, in 2007 ; and to the release of the book The Front Room: Migrant Aesthetics in the Home, Black Dog Publishing, 2009 and an interactive website:

Michael McMillan has been exhibiting individually several variants stemming from the project The Front Room :

Van Huis Uit – The Living Room of Migrants in the Netherlands at Imagine IC in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2007), at the Central Library of Tilburg, The Netherlands (2007) and in the Stephanus Church/Kosmopolis in Utrecht, The Netherlands (2008) ;
A Living Room Surrounded by Salt at the Instituto Buena Bista of Curaçao (2008) ;
The West Indian Front Room at the Geffrye Museum in London, UK (2005-2006) – that was the starting point of the original project.

His project The Beauty Shop was showcased at the 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning space in Brixton, UK (2008).
As regards The Waiting Room, this piece was exhibited in the show Stories & Journeys at the Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery of Bangor, UK (2012).

Lately, Michael McMillan participated in Who More Sci-Fi Than Us at the Kunsthal KadE of Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2012).

Exclusive Interview  with Michael McMillan

Michael McMillan answered to our questions in the framework of our special report for the exhibition Who More Sci-Fi than Us at the Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, The Netherlands – show guest-curated by Nancy Hoffmann, and for which we interviewed all participating artists. He describes his project The West Indian Front Room and the piece specially created for the exhibition I miss my mum’s cooking.

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Artworks by the artist

Michael McMillan | I Miss My Mum’s Cooking

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Michael McMillan | The Waiting Room

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Michael McMillan | A Living Room Surrounded by Salt

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Michael McMillan | The Beauty Shop

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Michael McMillan | Van Huis Uit: The Living Room of Migrants in The Netherlands

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Michael McMillan | The West Indian Front room: Memories and Impressions of Black British Homes

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