Laura White

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Position Reader in Fine Art
Department Art
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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.


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


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

Laura, White. 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.

White, Laura. 2016. NOLAS. In: "NOLAS", Studio 5, Cubitt studio and Gallery, London., United Kingdom.

White, Laura. 2016. Cruel and Tender. In: "Cruel and Tender", Vacuous Gallery, United Kingdom, 25th Aug - 11th Sept 2016.

White, Laura; Williams Gamaker, Michelle and Kreider, Kristen. 2016. Wayfaring. In: "Wayfaring", &Model, Leeds, United Kingdom, 29 April 2016 – 4 June 2016.

White, Laura. 2016. WAYFARING. In: "WAYFARING", &model, United Kingdom, 28th April - 4th jJne 2016.

White, Laura. 2016. The Flat Pack Session. In: "The Flat Pack Session", Delta House Studios, London., United Kingdom.

White, Laura. 2014. Morphisisation. In: "Entanglement", A.P.T London, United Kingdom, 7th Aug - 17th Aug 2014.

White, Laura. 2014. A Colorful World.. In: "A Colorful World.", Nanjing International Art Exhibition, Nanjing, China., China.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,.

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

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

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

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

Exhibition Catalogue

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

White, Laura. 2007. Unnatural Histories.

White, Laura. 2007. Multicomplexificationalities.

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

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

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

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

Laura, White. 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.