Awarded Jerwood New Work Fund

August 23, 2019

? So happy to announce I have been selected as one of the 15 artists to be awarded a grant from the inaugural @jerwoodarts New Work Fund towards new work in 2020! ?

More info #comingsoon


Jerwood Arts announces 15 projects selected for the inaugural Jerwood New Work Fund.

The selected projects are led by the following artists:

Heather Agyepong; Kat Anderson; Rhiannon Armstrong; JJ Bibby; Phoebe Davies; Ian Giles; Gwen Hales; Mina Heydari-Waite; Idle Women (Rachel Anderson and Cis O’Boyle); Sabba Khan; Lanre Malaolu; Alice Malseed; Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome; Rebecca Solomon; and Laura Wilson.

Each of the projects support the artists to investigate their creative process and take risks that will lead to the development of unique new works destined to connect with a public audience.

The applications were assessed by Jerwood Arts’ staff and Artist Advisers, before decisions were made by a panel made up on Emma Bettridge (Artist Adviser); Harriet Cooper (Head of Visual Arts); Lilli Geissendorfer (Director); Jon Opie (Deputy Director); and Hetain Patel (Artist Adviser). The selection was signed off by Jerwood Arts Trustees.

The fund, open for applications from March to June, received 690 applications in total from across art forms and from all over the UK.

In the first round of Jerwood Bursaries earlier this year we found that many artists had not included a fee for themselves in their applications and published this finding. For the Jerwood New Work Fund we improved our guidance and were pleased to see that the majority of applicants included a fair fee for themselves and their collaborators. We now ensure in all our funded activities that artists are paid fairly.

For the Jerwood New Work Fund, we asked applicants to challenge and surprise us, and we were not disappointed. During the selection panel, two questions in particular helped us make the final decisions: ‘is this project a significant step-forward for those involved? and ‘who else would fund this?’. Whilst many proposals met this brief, the chosen projects have common threads: for example, individuals leading larger groups for the first time, authoring work for the first time, testing new methodologies, or working in or across disciplines that will substantially evolve their practice, and always in ways where they have calculated how they could make these leaps in a well-planned and supported way. All of them made powerful arguments for why they should develop their projects independently (although not always separately) from larger institutions, to give the project-leaders control over the development of the work and their practice. The total value of the 15 projects we are funding is £184,427; significant funding for those who were successful, but a drop in the ocean compared with the quality and demand.

The selected projects do not fall into neat art form categories and many exemplify cross, mixed and trans-disciplinary practice. There is wide diversity of disciplines including dance, circus, sound art, moving image, theatre making and socially-engaged practices. Four of the recipients have either received a Jerwood Bursary from us previously or participated in one of our other development programmes; the other 11 beneficiaries are completely new to our funding. We believe this is evidence that using Artist Advisers as part of our selection process is helping us to broaden our taste and stretch our funding to new artists and areas and take risks in new ways.

V&A Friday Late & Great Exhibition Road Festival

June 29, 2019

On Friday 28th June I took part in the Friday Late's programme at the V&A where from 6.30-9.30pm I presented Holding Shift, 2019 a new work for their daylit gallery 64b.
Holding Shift was performed by Elena Akhmetova, Iris Chan and Adam Moore.
Also, across the weekend on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 11am-5pm I had a Trained on Veda stall outside the V&A on Exhibition Road as part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019.
Trained on Veda is featured in the current V&A exhibition, Food: Bigger than the Plate Saturday 18 May - 20 October 2019 curated by Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan

With Inordinate Heaviness at Nicoletti Contemporary

June 20, 2019

On Thursday 20th June at 7pm I presented the first live version of my video work With Inordinate Heaviness, 2017 in response to the exhibition As a Butterfly Folded in a Caterpillar that will soon Unfold at Nicoletti Contemporary on Vyner Street.

With Inordinate Heaviness was performed by Kirsty Arnold.


Shapeshifting Dough: V&A blog

June 18, 2019

It was great chatting with May Rosenthal Sloan about my work for the V&A blog......


Belfast-born, London-based artist Laura Wilson has long been fascinated by that most everyday of materials, bread. Her work engages with the complex history and symbolism of bread in our lives and world, as well as getting right up close, examining the physical and scientific properties of dough, especially in relation to the human bodies that create and manipulate it.

Her ongoing project Trained on Veda seeks to push back against the standardisation of industrial bread production and revitalise a historic bread product through a network of bakeries and galleries. It is currently on display in the exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the V&A South Kensington, where she will also be performing a new work, Holding Shift at this month’s food-themed Friday Late.

May Rosenthal Sloan: What is Veda bread?

Laura Wilson: I still remember when I had my first slice of Veda. The soft, brown malted bread was toasted and dripping with butter. I was about 11 years old and ate most of the loaf. Veda bread is unique to Northern Ireland and the bread is inextricably linked with the place for me personally. That first taste was the same day I was taken on a visit to Harland and Wolff Dockyard, and saw Belfast’s famous cranes up close.

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Trained on Veda at the V&A

May 17, 2019

I'm excited to share that my project Trained on Veda is featured in the new V&A exhibition, Food: Bigger than the Plate open to the public from tomorrow Saturday 18 May. The exhibition is curated by Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal Sloan, and continues until 20 October 2019.

Trained on Veda is a malted loaf and evolving project connecting bakeries and galleries through veda bread. The project was initiated during my residency at Delfina Foundation in 2016, and is developed with TACO, Grand Union, Site Gallery and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

Veda bread is a dark brown malt loaf which was discovered by a Scot called Robert Graham in 1900. It has a uniquely malted taste, which is easily digestible, full of vitamins and has a long shelf-life (five to seven days). The bread became popular across the UK in the early part of the 20th Century and bakeries selling veda opened in most cities across the UK. Today it is only made in Northern Ireland.
Over the last two years I have been working with Marc Darvell from Darvells bakery to develop a malted bread inspired by the history of veda. Through a network of galleries and bakeries people are invited to eat the bread, and over the forthcoming year events, exhibitions and workshops present my wider research around labour, regaining lost skills, the link between food and wellbeing, and passing on knowledge through embodied practice.
Trained on Veda is supported by Arts Council England.
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New Geographies

September 1, 2018

Really excited to announce that I have been selected as one of the ten artists to work on a commission for New Geographies.

Working with Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, I will focus on ancient forms of craft through research over the next year with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit working on Must Farm, a 3000 year-old Bronze Age settlement on the edge of a working brick quarry near Peterborough. My project investigates how the body learns, adapts, responds to and performs manual work, and will take the form of a series of events, a film and objects that connect with the region’s historical collections.

The commission is part of New Geographies a major site-responsive visual arts programme across the East of England. In 2017, the public was invited to nominate locations in the region that they found meaningful or interesting to them. Over 270 sites were identified, with ten artists commissioned to highlight some of these places through new site-specific work.

My work responds to the nominated site ‘View from the North Brink across the Fens’ nominated by Edward Humphreys.


Block Universe

April 27, 2018

I am super excited to be included in the Block Universe 2018 programme!

Block Universe, London’s leading international performance art festival is set to launch its fourth edition in May with an expanded 10-day programme of new commissions, UK premieres, talks, screenings and workshops.

From 26 May to 3 June 2018, Block Universe will present work by some of the most innovative UK-based and international artists working in performance art today, including Maria HassabiHanne LippardGiselle StanboroughNora Turato andLaura Wilson.

The festival features five new commissions by Gery GeorgievaEvan Ifekoya & Victoria SinAlex Mirutziu, Last Yearz Interesting Negro / Jamila Johnson-Small and They Are Here, a collaborative practice led by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison.

As in previous years, performances will take place in major institutions and unique venues across London, including Somerset House, British Museum, Royal Academy of Arts and Studio Voltaire. Creating extraordinary opportunities for dialogue between London’s storied institutions and a selection of exceptional performance artists working at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music, Block Universe positions London at the forefront of international performance art.