Artist member since 2018
Lauren Pirie is a multidisciplinary artist, creative director, and curator with an interest in environment, immersive experience, and socially-engaged art. She’s curated collaborative art experiences, large community events, and intimate gallery shows, including recent activations at Pride and MOCA Toronto. She was a co-founder of grassroots art and environmental organization The About Face Collective and has worked with organizations like Sketch, Centre for Social Innovation, Skate4Cancer, and DDBX Community Projects. Lauren recently spoke at TEDxYouth on the subject of art and its power as a tool for inward reflection and outward connection—subjects that often show up in her personal practice. Her work includes a range of media and scale, from delicate, intricate ink drawings to large scale murals, as well as painting, sculpture, and installation, exploring environment in relation to connection, desire and healing.
Favourite musical artist / band right now
Everyone should know about
Intersectional Feminism, Bakerbots.
What do you listen to when you work?
Audio Books, CBC, Bitch Media Podcasts, Democracy Now, Dancehall
Beverage of choice
When did you start making art, and why?
I think I have always made art. When I was 5 or so, I would use my Grandma's ottoman as a booth to sell my drawings to my family for $2. At that point, it was probably to stickers, or save up for a hieroglyphics set.
Ink on paper. I mostly use acrylic inks (which a lot of people assume are watercolour) and micron pens. And recently more acrylic on canvas and lighting and fabric for soft sculpture
The Delisle Space, Toronto
Soho House, Toronto
Select Past Exhibitions
MOCA x Purple Nights
Nuit Blanche x Deep Season
1178 Dupont, Toronto
Only One Gallery, Toronto
Unlovable Gallery, Toronto
No More Bath Bombs
Black Cat Gallery, Toronto
We're Here Somewhere
Let Toronto artist Lauren Pirie take you into her 'weird dream world'
Through Their Eyes
Buritaca, Magdalena, Colombia
La Sierra Artist Residency
Bocachica, Cartagena, Colombia
Blue Apple Artist Residency
Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Ceviche Surf Artist in Residence
Facebook Headquarters, Toronto
Facebook Artist In Residence
Bachelor Of Design
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