Dr. Toby Lawrence holds the position of Curator of Outdoor Art at the University of British Columbia’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, drawing on 15 years of curatorial experience in public art museums and artist-run centres. Dr. Lawrence is a co-founder of the Moss Projects: Curatorial Learning and Research Program in collaboration with Michelle Jacques and a member of the Royal BC Museum Collections and Research Building Public Art Committee. She previously served as chair of the City of Victoria Art in Public Places Committee and was a contributing curator for the inaugural Contingencies of Care Virtual Residency hosted by OCADU, Toronto Biennial of Art, and BUSH gallery. Dr. Lawrence holds a MA in Art History and Theory from University of British Columbia and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, from University of British Columbia Okanagan. Her current scholarship explores reimagined and non-dominant modes of curation that challenge racial, gender, and economic inequalities, centering collaborative and relational approaches.
A member of Council since July 31, 2023, her current appointment ends July 31, 2024.