2011- 2013 MLitt Creative Writing, Glasgow University

2002-2007 Glasgow School of Art

AHRC funded PhD. Thesis title: ‘The Contradiction is Real: Concrete Performance in Southern California, 1967-1975’.

2000-2001 Glasgow School of Art

M.Phil. Art and Design in Organisational Contexts. Thesis title: ‘Social Sculpture Glasgow 1979-2002’, analysingthe contemporary art and music scenes in Glasgow.

1993-1997 University of Glasgow

M.A. (Hons), English Literature / Film and Television Studies.


1997- Freelance writer, specialising in the arts

2002- Lecturer, Forum for Critical Inquiry, Glasgow School of Art

2008- Independent curator

2012- Editor, The Burning Sand

Selected published writing

“The Key Material is Time”, essay for Generation Reader (Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2014), forthcoming.

All Art is Political: Writings on Performative Art (Edinburgh: Luath Press, 2014).

“Art and Leisure”, Museums Press VI (Glasgow: Good Press, 2014), forthcoming.

“What is your message?”, The Glasgow Weekend: Art, Design and Music from Glasgow, BQ and Sarah Lowndes, ed.s, (Berlin: BQ, 2014, forthcoming).

“Window shopping: Glasgow art and the politics of display”, Function / Dysfunction – Contemporary art from Glasgow, (Nürnberg: Neues Museum, Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, 2013).

“Boots”, New Writing Scotland 31 (Glasgow: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2013).

“Hole Punch: The Late Autobiographical Works of Dieter Roth”, Dieter Roth: Diaries, (Edinburgh: Fruitmarket Gallery / London: Yale University Press, 2012).

Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since World War II, Sarah Lowndes ed., (Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art Exhibitions Department, 2012).

“Benefaction”, From Glasgow To Saturn, Issue 26 (Glasgow: University of Glasgow, 2012).

Contributor, Frieze Yearbook New York (New York, Frieze Publications, 2012 and 2013).

Contributor, Frieze Yearbook London (London: Frieze Publications, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).

“Thea Djordjadze: Lost Promise in a Room”, Commentary, (Glasgow: The Common Guild, 2011).

“Botanical Vaudeville”, Robert Rauschenberg, (New York: Gagosian Gallery, 2011).

Social Sculpture: The Rise of the Glasgow Art Scene (Edinburgh: Luath Press, 2010).

“Learned by Heart: the Paintings of Richard Wright’, Richard Wright (New York: Rizzoli, 2010).

“Some Erotic Process: the performances of Shelly Nadashi”, Ambush in Wedding, Shelly Nadashi, ed., (Glasgow, 2010).

“White dots the hawthorne”, First and Last, RM Hubbert, ed., (Glasgow: Ubisano, 2010).

“The Stranger”, 2HB, (Glasgow: CCA, Autumn 2009).

“Katja Strunz: The clock is forgotten”, Katja Strunz, (Bute: Mount Stuart, 2009).

“Aleana Egan: A Grey Luminous Light From the Sea”, Aleana Egan (Basel: Kunsthalle Basel, 2008).

“Straight Letters”, Camilla Low, (Dundee: Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2008).

“Phosphorescent blindfold: the drawings of Rob Churm”, Rob Churm Under Key Seventeen, (Berlin: Argo Books, 2008).

“The Glasgow Scene”, The History of British Art, Volume III (London: Tate Publishing, 2008).

Selected articles and reviews

“Creative Scotland Or: The Lottery, The Funders and The People, Afterall Online January 2013.

“Artists at work: Susan Hiller in conversation with Sarah Lowndes”, Afterall Online, February 3rd 2011.

“Slow Dazzle: A Brief Account of the Rise of the Glasgow Art Scene”, Glasgow: City Report, Spike Art Monthly (Spring 2011).

“The Real Turner Prize Winner: This One’s for You, Glasgow”, The Guardian Online, 8th December 2010.

Feature report on Manifesta:The European Biennial of Contemporary Art for Map Magazine (Winter, 2010).

“I Am the Space Where I Am: from Subversion to Citizenship”, essay on performance art /public space in Glasgow commissioned by PAR + RS (Public Art Scotland), March 2010.

“Another world is possible”, essay on the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010, commissioned for Dialogue, the web journal of Axis, the contemporary arts resource, April 2010.

“Tokens of Sense: The Work of Thea Djordjadze”, Afterall, Winter 2009.

“Playing the building”, Spike Art Quarterly, Winter 2009.

“Small phenomenal things: the films of Luke Fowler”, Spike Art Quarterly, Summer 2009.

“Abraham Cruzvillegas”, Frieze January/February 2009.

“Back to You: Contemporary Performance”, MAP Winter 2008.

“Kate Davis”, (Sorcha Dallas), Art on Paper November 2008 .

“Glasgow International”. Artforum, September 2008 .

“Rhythm and Knowledge: the typed drawings of Sue Tompkins”, Art on Paper, May 2008.

Other professional activities

Winter 2012- Chair, editor and publisher of The Burning Sand

Autumn 2012 –March 2013 Member of Editorial Board, GENERATION, 2014 nationwide exhibition.

November 2006 – November 2008 Chair of the board of The Common Guild, Glasgow.

December 2004 – November 2006 Board member of The Modern Institute, Glasgow.

Summer 2004 – Board member of The Gillian Purvis Trust, Glasgow.

“Art and Leisure in the Age of Neoliberalism”, lecture to The Parallel School, Glasgow, April 2014.

“Window shopping: Glasgow art and the politics of display”, lecture to accompany exhibition Function / Dysfunction – Contemporary art from Glasgow, (Nürnberg: Neues Museum, Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, 2013), December 2013.

Visiting lecturer, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, October 2013.

Co-curator, GLASGOW WEEKEND: art, music and design from Glasgow (Volksbuehne and BQ, Berlin, 20-22 September 2013).

“Time, concentration and supermarkets”, paper delivered at The Future Symposium, to coincide with Tomorrow Never Knows, Jerwood Visual Arts and Film and Video Umbrella/CCA Glasgow, June 2013.

In conversation with Bjorn Roth at the opening of the exhibition Dieter Roth: Diaries, Camden Art Centre, London, May 2013.

“The Two Raymond Carvers”, seminar delivered to students on the Modernities Masters programme at Glasgow University, February 2013 and February 2014.

Curator, Dialogue of Hands sculpture park(Glasgow International, Supported Programme, 2012).

Curator, Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since WWII (Mackintosh Museum, 2012).

“The Writing Voice of Dieter Roth” paper on Dieter Roth, delivered at ‘An awfully dreadfully fearful drain he fell down into, wriggling there, at the bottom, in his wet pants’*: Dieter Roth and Art History, seminar at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, October 2012.

Chair, talk by lesbian cinema pioneer Barbara Hammer, Summerhall, Edinburgh, August 2012.

Co-organiser (with GSA Exhibitions and AAC, GSA) of Studio 58 symposium, at which I delivered a paper on “Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since World War II”, delivered at Studio 58 symposium, Glasgow School of Art, September 2012.

Organiser of film screening event to coincide with Studio 58 exhibition, staged in Mackintosh Lecture Theatre, GSA on Friday 27th September including 16mm and DVD films by Louise Annand, Margaret Morris, Ann Vance, Gillian Steel, Elizabeth Go, Kate Davis, Anne Marie Copestake, Romany Dear, Sophie Macpherson, Stephanie Smith and Rebecca Wilcox.

Tour of GSA degree show recorded for The Space, BBC Scotland, June 2012.

Lecture on “Studio 58: Women Artists in Glasgow Since World War II” recorded for The Space, BBC, Pacific Quay, Glasgow, June 2012.

In conversation with Dialogue of Hands artists Corin Sworn, Mary Redmond and producer Katie Nicoll, City of Glasgow College, April 2012.

Chair of Karla Black Glasgow International Primer event, Glasgow University, March 2012.

“I Am the Space Where I Am”, paper delivered to MFA students from Göteborgs Universitet at Repositioned Gallery, Glasgow, during Glasgow International, April 2012.

Seminar on “The Personal Is Political: Embodied Protest and the Performance of Masculinity” delivered to students on the Modernities Masters programme at Glasgow University, February 2011 and 2012.

“The Turner Prize and Glasgow”, a panel discussion with Martin Boyce and author Sarah Lowndes, Radio Scotland Culture Café, November 2011.

Talk on “Thea Djordjadze: Lost Promise in a Room”, Glasgow: The Common Guild, November, 2011.

Interviewed for Newsnight Scotland regarding Glasgow Art Scene, Scotland October 2011.

In conversation with Aleana Egan, The Drawing Room, London, February 2011.

“Material Experience: Unpacking the Work of Karla Black”, paper delivered at Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, February 2011.

Dr Sarah Lowndes and PHD fellow Martin Fuller in discussion about situated interactions between artist practice and specific urban environments, as part of the Elastic Frames exhibition curated by Corin Sworn for Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, 19th February 2011.

Martin Boyce, Sarah Lowndes & Adam Szymczyk, “How Glasgow’s Art Scene Rose to World Prominence”, discussion event to launch new edition of Social Sculpture at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, August 2010.

“Context as impetus, hindrance and inspiration”, paper presented at the conference Radical Complicities: Curating and Art in the 21st Century, Hawthorndon Lecture Theatre, National Gallery Complex, Edinburgh, May 2010.

Curator and producer of Urlibido: A Night of Magic, project for Open Glasgow section of Glasgow International 2010, presenting newly commissioned works by Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth, Susie Green, Shelly Nadashi, Kimberley O’Neill, Morag Ross and Cara Tolmie. Funded through Culture and Sport Glasgow and the Scottish Arts Council.

“Object as Event” talk to accompany Votive exhibition with Richard Wright and Torsten Lauschmann at CCA, Glasgow, January 2010.

Curator of international group exhibition Votive with work by Nerea Bello (Spain/UK), Chris Burden USA), Abraham Cruzvillegas (Mexico), Thea Djordjadze (Germany), Torsten Lauschmann (Germany/UK) and 2009 Turner Prize nominee Richard Wright (UK) at CCA, Glasgow, December 2009 – January 2010.

Talk to accompany “Luke Fowler” exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery, London, June 2009.

Chair and co-organiser (with Kathryn Elkin and Louise Shelley) of “Subject in Process” one-day symposium at CCA, Glasgow, September 2009.

Curator, international group exhibition “Votive” at CCA, Glasgow, December 2009.

February 2009 – curator of online exhibition “A Goodbye that Resists being Total” for Axis, online resource for contemporary art.

December 2008 – Chair of discussion event at the Changing Room, Stirling to coincide with the exhibition “Concrete Shadows” (group exhibition with Kate Davis, Ines Schaber, Lucy Skaer, Catherine Street).

Autumn 2008, talk at Cove Park, addressing my own practice.

July 2008 – Curator, “Three Blows’ – all-sound acoustic performance weekend at St. Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh. Also chair of “Thinking Music” discussion with Mayo Thompson and Keith Rowe.

Summer 2008 – SAC Writer’s residency, Cove Park, Argyle & Bute.


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