Laura White

Laura focusses on interactions with materials and objects, exploring ideas of value, profile, association, and meaning.

Staff details

Laura White


Reader in Fine Art




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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.


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, 2021-24 at London Metropolitan University for MFA Fine Arts, 2018 – 22 at WKAC University of Kent for BA Fine Art, 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 Mentor on MASS Correspondence Course, Turps, London, 2021.

Professional Projects

Laura’s practice is interdisciplinary and includes:

Studio Based Work - Sculpture, installation and drawing

Recent exhibitions at Tintype and Saatchi Gallery in London, 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 set up a Website – TENDERFOOT with support from QUAD in Derby (funded by Goldsmiths Research Award) in 2017. This online artwork is 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 and research outputs


White, Laura. 2019. The Clever Girl Painter. In: "The Clever Girl Painter", Tintype, London, United Kingdom, 1 May – 1 June 2019.

White, Laura. 2017. Double agents and great refusers. In: "Double agents and great refusers", The Agency Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 1 November - 15 December 2017.

White, Laura. 2017. The Superorganism. In: "Group show (title not known yet)", Galleri Box, Sweden, 10th Nov - 10th Dec 2017.

Exhibition Catalogue

Hunt, Ian; Archer, Michael and White, Laura. 2015. Goldsmiths BA Fine Art 2015.

White, Laura. 2007. Unnatural Histories.

White, Laura. 2007. Multicomplexificationalities.

Conference or Workshop Item

White, Laura. 2017. 'MARs Materiality'. In: MARs Materiality. Goldsmtihs College., United Kingdom 14th Nov - 6th Dec 2017.

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

Art Object

White, Laura. 2018. 'White Mud'.

White, Laura. 2017. Where YOU are sitting.

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


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


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

Book Section

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

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


White, Laura. 2017. TENDERFOOT.


White, Laura. 2015-2017 DIWO (Doing it with others).


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