Lorna MacKay is a photographic artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Interested in connections between people and place, her work often focuses on themes of identity and our relationship with environment.

In 2022 she was shortlisted for the National Trust's North East Emerging Artist Prize and was awarded funding from Arts Council England to develop her printmaking and bookbinding skills.

In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award and was a recipient of the British Journal of Photography's inaugural Decade of Change Award, exhibiting in Hong Kong and New York.

She holds a Masters (with Distinction) in Creative Arts Practice and a First Class Honours Degree in Photography. 



E. lorna@lorna-mackay.com 

T. +44 (0) 7837560043

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2022 NEPN Shifts Professional Development Scheme


2022 National Trust North East Emerging Artist Prize (Shortlisted)

Group exhibition at Seaton Delaval Hall, May 28 - July 9, 2022

2022 Arts Council England

Developing Your Creative Practice Grant | Bookbinding & Printmaking

2022 Subjectively, Objective

Investigations in Infrastructure & Everything is Narrative

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


2021- present Newcastle Gaol Project

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

Field Photographer / Archival Researcher

Group exhibition Newcastle City Library, June 7 - July 31, 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 Museum of Climate Change and Javits Centre, 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 Northern Print

Hotbed Press 20x20 Print Exchange

2017-2019 Photography Assistant to Jeremy Abrahams

Arrivals: Making Tyneside Home, Discovery Museum

2018 Newcastle College Michael Ormerod Travel Award



2021 Creative Arts Practice MA (Distinction), Newcastle University

Degree Show at Hatton Gallery, August 2021

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