LAURA BRANDON
HISTORIAN - ART & WAR

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Laura Brandon is a freelance writer, curator, and lecturer specializing in international and Canadian war art. From 1992 to 2015, she was the Historian, Art & War at the Canadian War Museum. She has written and lectured internationally for nearly 40 years and curated more than 45 exhibitions. She is currently an Adjunct Research Professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture and in the History Department at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON and a Research Associate at the Canadian War Museum. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015. Read CV.

ILLUMINATIONS

Inspired by Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017, this collection of contemporary silver candleholders, made from heritage silver, honours Canadian women's creative past and inspires their future

Upcoming Events:


Thursday, May 9 - 2019

Opening: 'Illuminations'

Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS 6-8pm


Friday, January 18 - 2019

Presentation: 'Legacy of War: The Group of Seven and the Burlington House Exhibition' 

'Canada 1919: A Country Shaped by War', Canadian War Museum, Ottawa ON


Thursday, November 8 - 2018

'Canada's War Art'

Perley Rideau Veteran's Health Centre, Ottawa, ON, 2pm


Saturday, November 3 - 2018

Opening of 'Illuminations'

Boarding House Arts, Guelph, ON


Monday, October 29 - 2018

'War Art or War Memorial? What exactly is Canada’s War Art?'

Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, 6pm


Saturday, October 27 - 2018

With Joan Coutu: 'Monumental Controversies: The Cape Breton Mother Canada Project'

2018 Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada, 10:45am


Wednesday, October 24 - 2018

With Michelle Gewurtz and Sara Angel: 'Molly Lamb Bobak & Canadian Women War Artists'

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON 5pm


September to November -  2018

History & War Art Course 3907A @ Carleton University: "Canada's War Art"

Ottawa, ON


June 27 - 2018

'Four Decades: War Art, Writing, and Women'

Christie's Education Conference 2018: Celebrating Female Agency in the Arts

New York, NY


Wednesday, 5 April - 2017

Conference Presentation:  "Art and War: The Iconography of the Vimy Memorial”

‘Myth, Memory and Military Encounters – National Rememberings of First World War Battles’

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 


Remarks at opening of ‘Illuminations’
University of New Brunswick Art Centre, 8 March 2019, 5 pm
Discussing the work of Gertrude Kearns at the Canadian War Museum

"... a perspective-shifting meditation on how so much of Canada’s westward colonial expansion was a matter of forced subjugation."

"Lloydlangston and Brandon hope Witness will “encourage Canadians to reflect on the personal and national reach” of the First World War, and the catalogue seems likely to inspire that reflection ..."

Recent Publications:

Catalogue: Exhibition of 'Illuminations' Canadian Silver Project 2018
Article: Art as Prescience: Reflections on Sarah Beck’s 2001 ÖDE in activehistory.ca
Chapter: War Art and The Canadian Magazine (1914-1920)

in 'Behind The Lines: Canada's Home Front During the First and Second World Wars'
Introduction: 'Keepsakes of Conflict' curated by Heather Smith
Article: 'Connecting Lines: Hilda Woolnough (1934-2007). A Personal Memoir.' pp. 28-41