Looking at the work of Glasgow artist, feminist and educator, Ann Macbeth this essay poses a radical question: what might happen to our work if we jettisoned the idea of individual creativity altogether? What if we stopped focusing on ourselves and tried to think much harder and more carefully about what creative collaboration might really mean? How might we use our work to make room for different voices? What if our creativity became more about raising each other up than just shouting about ourselves?

Ann Macbeth

Let Glasgow Flourish, embroidered banner by Ann Macbeth (1910)

Words Kate Davies. Photography and illustration Tom Barr © Makadu Press 2019