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Lauren Fournier - Middlebrook Prize Winners. Toronto, ON, CA

Lauren Fournier

Creative Director, Writer, Curator, Consultant, Researcher | Middlebrook Prize Winners

Toronto, ON, CANADA


Industry Expertise (10)

Museums and Institutions

Media Production


Media - Print

Audio Visual

Writing and Editing

Fine Art

Media - Online

Program Development

Social Services

Areas of Expertise (10)

Visual Culture & Theory



Environmental Humanities

Contemporary Literature

Curatorial Studies

Art Writing

Creative Writing


Art History

Accomplishments (6)

Provost Dissertation Scholarship, York University (professional)


SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (professional)


Ontario Graduate Scholarship, York University (professional)


Susan Crocker & John Hunkin Award in Fine Arts, York University (professional)


SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral CGS (professional)


Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators (professional)


Founded in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize is awarded annually and aims to foster social innovation and curatorial excellence in Canada. The Middlebrook Prize encourages social connectedness and a shared sense of community. The winner is a curator under 30 and receives a space for their exhibition and a $5,000 honorarium.

Education (4)

York University: PhD, English

York University: Curatorial Studies Diploma, Art History and Visual Culture

Simon Fraser University: MA, English

University of Regina: BA, Fine Arts

Affiliations (6)

  • Member: ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) (2017-present)
  • Member: MLA (Modern Language Association) (2015-present)
  • Member: ALECC (Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada) (2017-present)
  • Member: ATDS (The American Theatre and Drama Society) (2017-present)
  • Member: Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) (2015-present)
  • Member: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (2015-present)

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Media Appearances (2)

Canadian Curating Talent

CBC  radio


Interview with Matt Galloway on CBC’s Metro Morning on the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. 8 March 2018.

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The Art World’s Strangest New Trend: Fermentation

Artsy  online


I was interviewed for my publishing and curatorial project "Fermenting Feminism" by Siobhan Leddy, who included our interview in her larger coverage of fermentation as a trend in the contemporary art world.

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Research Grants (2)

SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council $6000.00


As a SSHRC Doctoral CGS holder, I was eligible to apply for travel funding through the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement. I was successful in receiving this funding, which supported my three month research trip in the UK during the summer of 2016. During this time, I worked with Dr. Valerie Walkerdine at Cardiff University in Wales, and Dr. Luce Irigaray at the University of Bristol.

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral CGS

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council $105,000


I applied as an independent to receiving Doctoral funding through SSHRC's Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral CGS. I was successful in the competition, and received three years of funding totaling $105,000, which I brought to York University to support my research as a Doctoral student in the Department of English.