Lorna MacKay is a photographic artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne working across digital and analogue photography, moving image and printmaking.


With an interest in heritage, identity and our relationship with environment, her work is research-driven and often collaborative, engaging with creative processes relevant to the themes explored.

She was a recipient of the British Journal of Photography's inaugural Decade of Change Award in 2021 for work from Liminals of the Far North, and more recently has been shortlisted for the National Trust's North East Emerging Artist Prize 2022.

She holds a Masters (with Distinction) in Creative Arts Practice from Newcastle University and a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Photography.

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2022 NEPN Shifts Professional Development Bursary


2022 National Trust North East Emerging Artist Prize (Shortlisted)

Group exhibition at Seaton Delaval Hall, May 25 - June 19, 2022

2022 Arts Council England

Developing Your Creative Practice Grant | Bookbinding & Printmaking


2021- present Newcastle Gaol Project

(Commissioned by Dr. Shane McCorristine in partnership with Newcastle University)

Field Photographer / Archival Researcher

2021 Subjectively, Objective

Investigations in Infrastructure & Everything is Narrative

Group anthology / exhibition in Detroit, May 2 - July 6, 2022

2021 Lenscratch Still Life Exhibition 

(Selected by juror Natalie Cooney)

Group exhibition


2021 British Journal of Photography

Decade of Change Award

Group exhibition in Hong Kong and  New York 

2021 Feature Shoot

Emerging Photography Award (Shortlisted)

2020-21 Artist-in-Residence

(Collaboration with poet Natalie Crick) 

Newcastle Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research

Group exhibition at Vane Gallery, August 2021

2019-2021 Creative Arts Practice MA (Distinction), Newcastle University

Degree Show at Hatton Gallery, August 2021

2019 Northern Print

Hotbed Press 20x20 Print Exchange participant

2017-2019 Photography Assistant to Jeremy Abrahams

Arrivals: Making Tyneside Home

2018 Newcastle College Michael Ormerod Travel Award

2016-2019 BA (Hons) Photography (First), Newcastle College

E. lorna.e.mackay@gmail.com  T. +44(0)7837560043