No as explained by Sven

You may use GURM (a python plugin) to separate brush
(pattern gradients) in sets and chose which load

Next Gimp should allow tagging resources 
>On Wed, 2009-12-30 at 22:37 +0100, Cedric Gemy wrote:
>> Just put the .abr file in your $HOME/.gimp-2.6/brushes. Relaunch gimp
>> and it might be OK.
>> Unfortunately, i feel that Gimp is running much slower when such brush
>> set are loaded. It seems to me that gimp loads them all at launch time.
>That is correct. But this should only affect memory usage and start-up
>time. So as long as you have enough RAM, more brushes shouldn't slow
>GIMP down (except for the increased start-up time).
>> Is there any caching that would allow to have them available but not
>> loaded full-res until we need them ?
>Lazy-loading of brushes and other resource files has been proposed
>several times, but it was never fully implemented. There's a bug-report
>about it and we are of course appreciating patches to implement this.

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