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Lorna MacKay is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Interested in connections between people and place, her work seeks to engage with human stories of landscape and the ways in which these are mediated through cultural narratives. Much of her work explores ideas of community, identity and belonging and how these shape our emotional experiences of the environments we inhabit. 

In 2022 she was awarded funding from Arts Council England and was shortlisted for the National Trust's North East Emerging Artist Prize. In 2021 she was was a recipient of the British Journal of Photography's inaugural Decade of Change Award and was shortlisted for the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award.

Her work has exhibited internationally and appeared in The Guardian, The Times and Uncut Magazine among others. Recent commissions include Bloomberg, Newcastle University and One Little Indie Records. She holds an MA in Creative Arts Practice and a BA (Hons) in Photography.




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Awards & Residencies

2024 (Upcoming) Artist Residency, The Bothy Project

2022 National Trust North East Emerging Artist Prize (Shortlisted)

2022 North East Photography Network (NEPN) SHIFTS Professional Development Scheme

2022 Arts Council England DYCP Grant: Printmaking & Bookbinding Skills

2021 British Journal of Photography, Decade of Change Award 

2021 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award (Shortlisted)

2019-2021 Artist-in-residence, Newcastle Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research

2018 Michael Ormerod Travel Award, Newcastle College



Selected Exhibitions

2023 Now That’s What I Call Art, The Auxiliary, Middlesbrough, 7 - 22 July

2022 The Life and Death of Newcastle Gaol, 1822-2022. Newcastle Central Library, 6 June – 31 July

2022 National Trust North East Emerging Artist Prize. Seaton Delaval Hall, 28 May – 9 July

2022 Investigations in Infrastructure & Everything is Narrative. Subjectively Objective Gallery, Detroit, 5 May – 15 July

2021 Lenscratch: Still Life Exhibition (Online) 1-30 November

2021 British Journal of Photography, Decade of Change Award. Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong (10 June - 31 September) and Javits Centre, New York for NYC Climate Week (20-26 September)

2021 Creative Arts Practice Degree Show. Hatton Gallery, 20 August – 4 September

2021 Valance ii (Newcastle Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research Residency). Vane Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 18-28 August

2019 20:20 Print Exchange. Northern Print

2018 Michael Ormerod Travel Award: Solo Exhibition. Newcastle College, 26 October – 30 November


2023 T.I.C.E (This Is Creative Enterprise), Northumbria University

2023 Hexham Photography Group





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

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


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