Professor Charlotte Townsend-Gault

Charlotte Townsend-Gault is a Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory and Faculty Associate at Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia.

Townsend-Gault has published extensively on contemporary Indigenous art and culture of North America. 

In the early 1970s she worked at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, recording and writing about the conceptual art practice with which the college was associated. She organised a year-long series of seminars on Art and Anthropology at the ICA (1973-4). She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London. 

She has been teaching Indigenous art histories at University of British Columbia since 1995. In 2015 the Canada Prize in the Humanities was awarded, by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, to Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas, co-edited with Jenifer Kramer and Ki-ke-in. 

Exhibitions curated:

  • Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations Art - National Gallery of Canada (1992)
  • Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Born to Live and Die on your Colonialist Reservations (1995)
  • Backstory: Nuu-chah-nulth Ceremonial Curtains (2010)
  • Work of Ki-ke-in (2010)