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News / September 20, 2018

Lauren Fournier Awarded Fall 2018 Editorial Mentorship

The Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship is intended to develop aspiring writers' expertise in the realm of professional art-magazine publishing
Photo: Lee Henderson (, 2017 Photo: Lee Henderson (, 2017
Photo: Lee Henderson (, 2017 Photo: Lee Henderson (, 2017

Canadian Art is pleased to announce that Lauren Fournier has been awarded our Fall 2018 Editorial Mentorship.

Canadian Art is committed to mentoring the next generation of art writers in Canada. The Canadian Art Editorial Mentorship is a national quarterly program for a current or recent undergraduate, graduate or other post-secondary student with an interest in developing expertise in the realm of professional art-magazine publishing. The mentorship offers an 11-week, full-time residency in Canadian Art’s office.

Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator and artist of settler ancestry currently based in Tkaronto/Toronto. She holds a PhD from York University, where she wrote a multidisciplinary history of “autotheory” as a post-1960s mode of feminist practice that spans conceptual art, literature and art writing. She has over ten years of experience working in contemporary art spaces in Canada and abroad, and has organized exhibitions at such venues as the Blackwood Gallery, Büro BDP, Art Gallery of Guelph and Vtape. She has been invited to author catalogue essays and other art writing texts for a number of artist-run centres, commercial galleries and public art museums, including Dazibao, Untitled Art Society, Zalucky Contemporary, Susan Hobbs, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils; her experimental criticism has been published in Canadian ArtMagenta, Femme Art Review and KAPSULA. Recent curatorial projects include the touring, site-specific Fermenting Feminism (2017-ongoing) and An Intuitive List (2018), a co-curated collaboration with Daniella Sanader at the London Ontario Media Arts Association that explores ideas of “reading” in Indigenous and Canadian femme video art (LOMAA). She has presented her ideas on autotheory and fermentation in Los Angeles, New York, Kansas City and Berlin. Right now, she is especially interested in comedy and catharsis, intuition, working-class knowledges, intergenerational trauma and the politics of settler-colonialism. Her work takes the form of publications, exhibitions, screenings and collaboration. Her first novel, Feminist Father Worship, is forthcoming 2020.

Fournier began the mentorship on September 17 and will continue full-time for 11 weeks, working on production of the Winter 2019 issue of Canadian Art.

Applications are now being accepted for the winter mentorship session, commencing November 2018. Residents will be paid a $10,000 honorarium, and are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.

Supported by the RBC Foundation. The RBC Foundation is committed to supporting emerging artists across Canada and is proud to support Canadian Art on the Editorial Mentorship program.