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Mystery and Crime with Lucy McKenzie

Good Bad Books?

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Join artist Lucy McKenzie for a writing workshop exploring the genres of mystery and crime.

Drawing on Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seat and J.G Ballard’s Super-Cannes, participants will explore the relationship between voyeurism, modernist architecture and crime narratives, taking inspiration from the interconnected private and public spaces of the Barbican Centre.

Workshop Accessibility

This 2-hour writing workshop has space for 25 participants and will include practical exercises and discussion. No prior writing experience required. Please contact [email protected] with questions about access. 


Lucy McKenzie (born Glasgow 1977, lives Brussels) is a visual artist who shows internationally; recently with a survey show at Tate Liverpool in 2021. In 2007-08 she studied at a private school for traditional decorative painting. These commercial techniques (such as trompe l’oeil and faux marble) are - with their labour intensity and alignment of value with skill - innately conservative idioms. But this conservativism creates a tense relationship between form and content. She uses the same methods of deconstruction to explore the interplay between style, ideology and value in forms as diverse as couture fashion, fiction writing and window display.