Katrina Brown is founding Director of The Common Guild, a not-for-profit visual arts organisation based in Glasgow, presenting a highly respected, international programme of artists’ projects, events and exhibitions. Exhibitions have included some of the leading international artists of our times. Katrina was also Director of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art in 2010 and 2012 which included the commissioning of major public projects by Susan Philipsz (‘Lowlands’, 2010) and Jeremy Deller (‘Sacrilege’, 2012). In 2013. The Common Guild curated the ‘Scotland + Venice’ exhibition for the 55th Biennale di Venezia, with an exhibition of new works by Corin Sworn, Duncan Campbell and Hayley Tompkins. She was Associate Curator to the major nation-wide project (by National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life), ‘GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland’, that took place in 2014.
In 2011, Katrina was awarded an Honorary Degree (D.Litt.) by The University of Glasgow in conjunction with The Glasgow School of Art for her contribution to the arts in Scotland. She has served as a judge of the Turner Prize and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists (both 2011). Among many other boards and committees on which she has served are the Board of The Glasgow School of Art (2004-09); the Comité Technique d’Achat for the collection of the FRAC des Pays de la Loire (2005-11) and the acquisitions committee of the Arts Council Collection (2007-09) and the British Council Collection. She has been a trustee of Art Fund since 2018 and is a Curatorial Research Fellow at The Glasgow School of Art.
From 1997 until 2007, she was Curator and Deputy Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts, which opened in 1998. Katrina began her career as a committee member at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow (1992 – 1994), after studying French at the University of Glasgow and Art History (Museum & Gallery Studies) at St. Andrews University.