Lynda Morris is Professor in Curation and curator of the Norwich Gallery at NUA and the EASTinternational exhibition, which has been held over the last 20 years bringing 25 artists a year to work in Norwich. The programme over the last 30 years has included work with Peter Doig, Neo Rauch, Jeff Wall, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Long, Marian Goodman, Peter Kennard, Gustav Metzger and Konrad Fischer.
After studying at Canterbury College of Art, she worked at the ICA 1969 to 1972 on exhibitions including When Attitudes Become Form and Ed Kienholz 10 Tableaux. She then worked for Nigel Greenwood 1971 to 74 organising the first exhibition of Artists’ Books, Book as Artwork 1960 / 1972 with Germano Celant (republished in 2010). She was Richard Hamilton’s assistant for his Guggenheim retrospective in 1973 and wrote an MA (by thesis) at the RCA on the future of Art Education, based on Art & Language in Coventry, Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf and The Projects Class at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada. The latter was the model for her Visitors Programme at the Slade School of Fine Art with projects by Dan Graham, Marcel Broodthaers, Gilbert & George, Joseph Beuys and Barry Flanagan. She organised the first exhibition of Minimal Art in the UK, STRATA, 1973 at the RCA. The Agnes Martin works were brought to SNGMA together with David Brown 1974.
Between 1976 and 1980, Morris organised exhibitions at the Midland Group in Nottingham including the first UK shows of Gerhard Richter, Robert Mapplethorpe and a curatorial project with R. B. Kitaj and John Szarkowski. She has just curated Documenting Cadere 1972-78 at Modern Art Oxford, touring to Mu.ZEE Ostend and Artists Space New York. In 2012 Morris curated the Vanley Burke exhibition By the Rivers of Birminam of photographs of the Handsworth Jamaican Community. She edited the Special issue of Third Text magazine British Art and Immigration 1870 to the present day No. 11, 1990. She is continuing to work on Picasso and Africa after 1945. She curated the Tate Liverpool exhibition Picasso: Peace and Freedom on Picasso and Communism after World War Two. It travelled to the Albertina in Austria and the Louisiana in Denmark. The research began in the late 1970s with A.I.A.: Story of the Artists’ International Association, 1933-53held at Modern Art Oxford in 1982 with a national tour which included the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 1983. That in turn was inspired by her Paisley born Grandmother who was helping the Spanish Civil War Organisation in London and was a member of Wal Hannington’s Unemployed Workers’ Movement. As a curator, historian and tutor she edited Unconcealed: The International Network of Conceptual Artists 1967-77 – Dealers, Exhibitions and Public Collections after the death of her PhD student Sophie Richard with Ridinghouse/Karsten Schubert 2009 and Conception, Conceptual Documents 1968 to 1972 with Catherine Moseley in 2000.
Lynda was born in Gourock, Renfrewshire in 1947, grew up in Dover and has two children.