Laura Wilson (b. Belfast, Northern Ireland, lives & works in London) is interested in how history is carried and evolved through everyday materials, trades and craftsmanship. She works with specialists to develop sculptural and performative works that amplify the relationship between materiality, memory and tacit knowledge.
Wilson’s interdisciplinary and research-based works have been exhibited widely including at: Site Gallery, Sheffield (2022); The Collection, Lincoln with Mansions of the Future, UK; First Draft, Sydney, Australia; The Landmark Trust, Wales, UK (2021); 5th Istanbul Design Biennial – Empathy Revisited: Designs for More than One; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK (2020); The British Museum, London, UK with Block Universe; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK; and The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London, UK (2018); SPACE, London, UK; V&A Museum, London, UK; and Invisible Dust at Hull and East Riding Museum, Hull, UK (2017); Delfina Foundation, London, UK (2016 & 17) Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK (2016); Whitstable Biennial, UK (2014); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK and Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2013); W139, Amsterdam and De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium (2012).
Her project Trained on Veda, a malted loaf and evolving artwork was initiated during her residency at Delfina Foundation in 2016 is currently being developed in partnership with TACO! and Grand Union supported by Arts Council England.
Wilson is the inaugural Kitchen and Garden Artist in Residence at MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, part of Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK and has forthcoming commissions with CCA Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland (2023) and POOL, Johannesburg, South Africa (2023/24).
In 2022 Laura Wilson and Huma Kabakcı (Founding Director of Open Space) curated I Have Eaten It (1 Feburary – 25 February 2022) a 4-week kitchen takeover at Refettorio Felix, a charity based at St. Cuthbert’s Centre in West London providing creative experiences around food for vulnerable people. Wilson also co-curated IN-SIDE-OUT-SIDE-IN with Angelica Sule and Robyn Haddon a group exhibition at Site Gallery, Sheffield featuring work by Helen Chadwick, Phoebe Collings-James, Charles and Ray Eames, Eva Fàbregas, Shana Moulton, Poppy Nash, Tai Shani, Laura Wilson (23 September – 22 December 2022).
Wilson became a Churchill Fellow in 2011 and has been awarded the Jerwood New Work Fund (2019), an A-N Bursary (2020) and the Dover Prize 2021.