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Laura White

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Fine Art (Studio Practice)
Department Art
Email l.white (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 020 7717 2257
Laura White

Laura’s practice focuses on a negotiation with the world of STUFF, i.e. interactions with materials and objects, exploring ideas of value, profile, association, meaning and behavior of materials, individual and collections of objects.  

Things are explored both as material stuff and anthropological signifiers, that are capable of revealing the human condition - vulnerabilities and capabilities, value systems affected by consumerism and material status, and object/human dependencies.

Her works occupy a fluid space, on one hand demanding critical discourse, and on the other their own ambiguous and intuitive logic.

Teaching

Laura has been teaching on the Fine Art Undergraduate Programme at Goldsmiths since 2006.

She has taught at various Universities including Manchester Metropolitan University, Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University and London Metropolitan University and has been a visitor at a number of institutions including Glasgow School of Art, Plymouth College of Art and on the Postgraduate Programme at Goldsmiths.

Other responsibilities include external examiner, 2012 -16 at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts for MA Fine Art, MA Photography, MA Art and Science and MRes (Moving Image/Exhibition Studies/Theory and Philosophy) and External Examiner Mentor at University of the Arts, London on the MA Academic Practice in Art Design and Communication.

Laura is also Gallery Chair of CUBITT Gallery and Studios, London.

Professional Projects

Laura’s practice is interdisciplinary and includes:

Studio Based Work - Sculpture, installation and drawing

Recent exhibitions at Gallery Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Spain, SPACEX, Exeter, Marlborough Contemporary, London, The Wall House #2, Groningen, Netherlands and King&Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Writing - on material encounters and entanglements with the world of stuff

Laura is currently setting up a Website – TENDERFOOT with QUAD in Derby (funded by Goldsmiths Research Award) which will be a portal for her writing on materiality and a place of research exchange.

Fieldwork - workshops, both participating on and running them

Projects include ‘what it means to handle stuff - auto-pedagogy - a course in butchery’ a collaboration with the Royal College of Art and Raven Row Gallery London, which included a course in butchery lead by a professional butcher who taught Laura, the gallery director and the fine art students butchery techniques.

Laura continually expands her knowledge and experience of the material world, different mind - hand - material - environment negotiations and her interest in the notion of ‘the constant amateur’ through participating on skill based courses including fish knife skills, taxidermy, baking, butchery, basket weaving, pot throwing and fishing.

Academic qualifications

  • 2004 MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London. 
  • 1997 MA Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham. 
  • 1990 BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture.
  • Loughborough University School of Art and Design

Featured publication

  • Laura White: The Stuff of Images. Castlefield Publications, (Corner House Distribution) ISBN 978-0-9559557-1-6, 2009

Publications

Show/Exhibition

Sinopticon
White, Laura. 2012. Sinopticon. In: "Sinopticon. Touring Exhibition (more venues to be confirmed)", Saltram House, Plymouth, United Kingdom, April 2012 - August 2013.

The Shapes Game: its hard to take your eyes off it.
White, Laura and Fillingham, Peter. 2012. The Shapes Game: its hard to take your eyes off it.. In: "The Shapes Game: its hard to take your eyes off it.", Carter Presents, London., United Kingdom, 17th March - 21 April.

The Perfect Nude
White, Laura. 2012. The Perfect Nude. In: "The Perfect Nude.", Wimbledon College of Art, London, United Kingdom, January - June 2012.

All Hail
White, Laura. 2011. All Hail. In: "All Hail", Angus-Hughes Gallery, London., United Kingdom, 16th April - 8th May.

Small Scale Survival
White, Laura. 2011. Small Scale Survival. In: "Small Scale Survival", Aid and Abet, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 8 April - 7 May 2011.

Gilding the Lily
White, Laura. 2011. Gilding the Lily. In: "Gilding the Lily", Transition Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 19 March - 10 April 2011.

For living, for loving, for loathing.
White, Laura. 2011. For living, for loving, for loathing.. In: "Laura White: For living, for loving, for loathing.", Pollen, France, 4 February - 4 March 2011.

Object as subject
White, Laura; Mitchell, John and Bassant, McKenzie. 2010. Object as subject. In: "Object as subject", Stephen Lawrence Gallery, The University of Greenwich, London., United Kingdom, April 15th - May 14th 2010.

Laura White: Scratching Walls and Sticky Decor
White, Laura. 2009. Laura White: Scratching Walls and Sticky Decor. In: "Chromodomo at the Wall House #2, Groningen, Netherlands", The Wall House #2 A.J. Lutulistraat 17, 9728 WT Groningen, the Netherlands., Netherlands, 20 September - 18 October 2009.

The Earth Not a Globe 2.
White, Laura. 2009. The Earth Not a Globe 2.. In: "The Earth Not a Globe 2", Rokeby Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 7th August – 1st October 2009.

Between my finger and my thumb
Vasey, George and Graham, Dan. 2009. Between my finger and my thumb. In: "Between my finger and my thumb", Schwartz Gallery, London., United Kingdom, 10th July - 2nd August 2009.

If I had a monkey I wouldn’t need a TV
White, Laura. 2008. If I had a monkey I wouldn’t need a TV. In: "Touring Solo Exhibition", Castlefield Gallery, Manchester., United Kingdom, November 2008 - 15th March 2009.

STUFF
White, Laura. 2008. STUFF. In: "The Wharf Road Project: Don’t Open this Door if You Can’t Close it", The Wenlock Building, 50-60 Wharf Road, London N1 7RN, United Kingdom, 4 – 19 October 2008,.

Laura White: New Work
White, Laura. 2006. Laura White: New Work. In: "Laura White: New Work", Firstsite Gallery, 2/10/2006 - 3/8/2006.

Into the Cold Light
White, Laura. 2006. Into the Cold Light. In: "Into the Cold Light", Transition Gallery, 9/2/2006 - 9/24/2006.

Beauty and the Beast
White, Laura and Livingstone, R.. 2006. Beauty and the Beast. In: "Beauty and the Beast", Fieldgate Gallery, 9/8/2006 - 10/1/2006.

Urban Formalism
White, Laura. 2005. Urban Formalism. In: "Urban Formalism", Cortex Athletico, Museum of Contemporary Art, 6/23/2005 - 8/23/2005.

Exhibition Catalogue

Unnatural Histories
White, Laura. 2007. Unnatural Histories.

Multicomplexificationalities
White, Laura. 2007. Multicomplexificationalities.

Laura White: Projects at Christ Church
White, Laura. 2005. Laura White: Projects at Christ Church.

Eloge de l’immobilite et du silence
White, Laura. 2003. Eloge de l’immobilite et du silence.

In-Side: Laura White and RAIR Experimental
White, Laura. 2000. In-Side: Laura White and RAIR Experimental.

Conference or Workshop Item

Seeing Through Objects
White, Laura. 2006. 'Seeing Through Objects'. In: Firstsite@the minories art gallery. UNDEFINED.

Art Object

We Can Have It All
White, Laura. 2012. We Can Have It All.

The Esque Collection
White, Laura. 2012. The Esque Collection.

Article

Hues and Sickly Saturations: Review of Abby Manock’s ‘Counters’ by Laura White
White, Laura. 2009. Hues and Sickly Saturations: Review of Abby Manock’s ‘Counters’ by Laura White. Gallery Publication,

Book

Laura White: The Stuff of Images
White, Laura. 2008. Laura White: The Stuff of Images. Manchester, UK: Castlefield Gallery. ISBN 978-0-9559557-1-6

Book Section

Broken Surface: Belated Forms
Renton, Andrew and White, Laura. 2008. Broken Surface: Belated Forms. In: Laura White, ed. Laura White: the Stuff of Images. Manchester: Castlefield Gallery, unpaginated. ISBN 978-0-9559557-1-6

Everything you do counts here
White, Laura. 1999. Everything you do counts here. In: , ed. Everything You Do Counts Here: Laura White at the Margaret Harvey Gallery. University of Hertfordshire,Faculty of Art & Design. ISBN 978-1898543350

Other

Sandarbh UK International Artist Residency Program Belper Derbyshire
White, Laura. 2009. Sandarbh UK International Artist Residency Program Belper Derbyshire. N/A.