Lorna Brown

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Lorna Brown
Born1958 (age 60–61)
Known forArtist, writer, and curator

Lorna Brown (born 1958) is a Canadian artist, curator and writer. Her work focuses on public space, social phenomena such as boredom, and institutional structures and systems.


Lorna Brown was born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada. She started exhibiting her work in 1984. Brown taught studio and critical studies which includes Art, Design and Media history, humanities, and social science courses at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and Simon Fraser University's School for Contemporary Arts from 1989-1999.[1] From 1999-2004, Brown was the Director and Curator of Artspeak, one of many Canadian artist-run centres in Vancouver, B.C. and is currently the Associate Director/Curator at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia.



Lorna Brown has been an independent curator since 2004. Digital Natives a public art project with Other Sights for Artists' Projects, a non-profit arts organization in Vancouver, B.C. was commissioned by the City of Vancouver work for the city's 125th anniversary. Digital Natives utilized an electronic billboard located on Skwxwú7mesh territory and visible from Burrard Bridge to share a curated series of Twitter messages in English and Skwxwú7mesh.[9][10] Brown curated, Beginning with the Seventies, a research project that investigated feminisms, art, and activism in Vancouver in the 1970s and beyond.[11] Beginning with the Seventies culminated in several exhibitions at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, such as GLUT in 2018. GLUT featured women artists and writers such as Alexandra Bischoff, Lisa Robertson, Gathie Falk, Laiwan, Divya Mehra, Evelyn Roth, Elizabeth Zvonar, and Judith Copithorne among many more.[12]


Lorna Brown contributes essays, reviews, and interviews to publications such as Fillip[13] and The Capilano Review.[14]

Her writing also appears in exhibition catalogues, journals and books.

  • Supplement: Critical and Bibliographic Review. 2009.Montreal Artexte Editions.[15]
  • Ethics of Luxury: Materialism and Imagination, Jeanne Randolph, Ihor Holubizky and Anthony Kiendl, Toronto, YYZ Books, and Winnipeg, Plug In Editions, 2007.
  • Detained by the Camera, Catalogue Essay: "Don Gill’s D’Arcy Island", Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alta.
  • Directional Language, Off Printing: Situating Publishing Practices in Artist Run Centres, Conference Proceedings, RCAAQ, Quebec, 2005.
  • Public Ideals, Prefix Photo 9, May 2004.
  • Unfinished Business, The Rain Review of Books, Issue 4:2, Summer Autumn 2006, Vancouver.


  • Ruins in Process: Vancouver Art in the Sixties[16]


  • National Gallery of Ottawa[17]
  • Surrey Art Gallery (Searchable through artefacts Canada national database)[18]
  • Canada Council for the Arts - Art Bank (searchable through the Art Bank database)[19]
  • British Columbia Arts Council (collection not searchable online)

Awards and Honours[edit]

  • Canada Council for the Arts Paris Studio Award, 2000 (searchable in their database).[20]
  • Recipient of the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts, 1996.[21]


  • Robin Laurence, Lorna Brown captures a dying language with Carets, strike-outs, underlines and dots. Georgia Straight. September 2, 2014.[22]
  • Digital Natives, edited by Lorna Brown and Clint Burnham. Review by Andrew Pel. C Magazine, International Contemporary Art. Winter 2012/13[23]
  • Threshold/Cont. esse, 2009.[24]
  • Robin Laurence, of small gear and big titles. Georgia Straight, September 15–20, 2005.
  • Robin Laurence, Feminist art provides more than a flashback. Georgia Straight. March 18, 2004.
  • Sarah Milroy, Women of the World Unite, Saturday, November 7, 1998. Globe and Mail.
  • Robin Laurence, Exploring the plight of women in urban settings. Weekend Sun, January 27, 1996.
  • Robin Laurence, Not Necessarily the best of '94. Saturday Review, The Weekend Sun, Sunday, December 31, 1994.
  • Robin Laurence, Fresh, Forceful works explore creation of identity. The Weekend Sun, Saturday, March 5, 1993.
  • Ann Rosenberg, Wiles and will of women. The Vancouver Sun, December 12, 1992.
  • Ann Rosenberg, Lifting the veil on a sexual mystery. The Vancouver Sun, Saturday, February 8, 1992.


  1. ^ Whitehead, Janice. "TWO VANCOUVER ARTISTS TO RECEIVE $10,000 CASH AWARD" (PDF). Shadbolt Foundation. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Lorna Brown Captures a Dying Language".
  3. ^ "As One Does".
  4. ^ "Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery - Lorna Brown: Threshold (cont.)". www.belkin.ubc.ca.
  5. ^ "The Structure of Boredom".
  6. ^ "Cleave Exhibition".
  7. ^ "Once Removed".
  8. ^ "Evoking Place National Gallery".
  9. ^ "A new look at Vancouver 125".
  10. ^ "Burrard Street billboard to host public art work of Twitter messages".
  11. ^ Derdeyn, Stuart; January 3, Julia Piper Updated:; 2018 (2018-01-03). "Things to do in Metro Vancouver this week: Jan. 4-11 | Vancouver Sun". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  12. ^ January 13, Kevin Griffin Updated:; 2018 (2018-01-13). "How writing and reading by women influenced art in the '70s | Vancouver Sun". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  13. ^ "Fillip Contributors".
  14. ^ "Capilano Review Contributors".
  15. ^ "Supplement: Critical & Bibliographic Review".
  16. ^ Gallery, Belkin. "Vancouver Art in the Sixties". vancouverartinthesixties.com. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  17. ^ "National Gallery of Ottawa".
  18. ^ "Artefacts Canada".
  19. ^ "Canada Council Art Bank".
  20. ^ "Canada Council past Recipients".
  21. ^ "VIVA Awards". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  22. ^ "Georgia Straight Review".
  23. ^ "Digital Natives Review".
  24. ^ "esse review".