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Joan Yvonne Lowndes Award

A woman poses for the camera.

Franchesca Hebert-Spence

Photographer(s): Tom Mcleod

Latest Winner

Franchesca Hebert-Spence

Residing in Inuvik, in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Franchesca Hebert-Spence is Anishinaabe (Sagkeeng First Nation) from Winnipeg, Manitoba (her grandmother, Marion Ida Spence, was from the Sagkeeng First Nation, on Lake Winnipeg). The foundation of Hebert-Spence’s creative practice stems from Ishkaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg, Brandon University’s Visual and Aboriginal Arts program. She works as a cultural producer with a background in making, curating, research and administration. Hebert-Spence is an independent curator serving as the curator of Indigenous ceramics at the Gardiner Museum and an advisor to the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Indigenous Arts Collection. She is a PhD student in Cultural Mediations at Carleton University, supervised by Carmen Robertson.

The prize

The Joan Yvonne Lowndes Award is given to an independent critic or curator in recognition of the outstanding quality of their writing on contemporary Canadian visual and media arts.


To be eligible for this prize, applicants must first have received a grant from the Canada Council. Visit the Grants page to learn more about granting programs. 


Joan Yvonne Lowndes developed an interest in modern art while employed as a translator at the American Office of War Information. After working as an independent journalist, she became an art critic for the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province, where she established an excellent reputation.

Additional information

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