FEAST Journal

Current  Curating

FEAST Journal brings together artists, researchers, academics and cooks to facilitate projects that explore our relationship with food as a social event, a marker of identity, a product of history and a commodity for trade. Initiated as a series of publications FEAST has expanded to included curated events, exhibitions and artists commissions, facilitating a sharing of knowledge between diverse disciplines and supporting creative practices.

FEAST is currently developing a trilogy of editions exploring the commodities of Sugar, Salt and Spice, commissioning new works by Ellie Doney, Jasleen Kaur and Fairland Collective in partnership with The Lion Salt Works Cheshire, Touchstones Rochdale, MMU Special Collections and Museumand.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Work

November 2017 - August 2018  Research

What We Talk About When We Talk About Work is an ongoing research programme of public talks bringing together curators and artists working across the north of the UK with creative practitioners from different European cities. The discussions are focused upon exploring ways of working outside, across, between and within existing institutional structures. Each event takes a particular thematic inviting practitioners to share their current projects and their approach to working. The first phase of the programme launched on the 2nd of November 2017 at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art with talks occurring regularly until August 2018. Each discussion was live broadcast by this is tomorrow.

The project was developed by Laura in collaboration with this is tomorrow, Contemporary Visual Arts Network North West, Yorkshire & Humberside Visual Arts Network, North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network and the participating venues of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, NGCA Sunderland, Bluecoat, Grundy Art Gallery, The Tetley and The Whitworth.  Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Ambiguous Implements

July 2017 - April 2018  Curating

Bringing together 17 practitioners from the fields of design, jewellery, metalwork, and contemporary sculpture Ambiguous Implements was a touring exhibition presenting a playful collection of works that evocatively subverted, reframed and reconsidered familiar items of day to day domestic life. The first exhibition opened at Roco Cooperative Sheffield on 6th July 2017 and toured to the different venues of B&B Project Space Folkestone (28th October-19th November), Vittoria Street Gallery, Birmingham City University (29th November - 18th December) and Touchstones Rochdale (May 2018). Two symposia accompanied the exhibition - Crafting the Contemporary at Folkestone Museum (28th of October 2017) and Rethinking Domestic Design at The School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University on (29th November 2017).

The project was developed in collaboration with the contemporary jeweller Rachael Colley and interdisciplinary artist Nuala Clooney. Funded by Arts Council England and supported by Studio Dust.


Ongoing  Research

A collaborative project with Swen Steinhauser exploring the theme of convalescence. In a moment between sickness and health, the convalescent rests outside of their familiar everyday structures, as such, the instant of convalescence presents a temporary suspension from the familiar. This instant of suspension presents possibilities for creative experimentation and renewed vigour. Letting the everyday slide, convalescence presents a time and space that builds towards a re-birth, re-awakening, and re-consideration of the previously familiar. 

Laura has previously worked with Swen on the projects SEVEN SITES and The Doers, The Drifters & The Dreamers.

How Fine A Mess

May 2017 - 18  Writing

As part of dust collective I developed the editorial focus of the bimonthly publication How Fine A Mess, working on 6 editions of the journal. Mess contains interviews, articles and artworks that explore food production, consumption, sustainability and health. Rooted in Sheffield,the publication draws on the rich landscape of the city’s diverse communities to share ideas around sustainable living and the future of food. With content from academics, artists, makers and doers Mess disseminates research and creative practices to a wide public as well as giving individuals working on grassroots projects, social enterprises and charity organisations a platform to share their work, knowledge and passion.

Hot Pot

14th September 2017  Writing

Taking Burgess’s recipe for Lancashire hot pot as a framework from which to discuss and interpret the varied activities of preparing, producing and consuming food, Hot Pot brings together new works by Will Carr, Melanie Jackson, Kit Poulson, Niamh Riordan and Marie Toseland as well as a collection of recipes from Manchester chef Mary Ellen McTague, Fairland Collective and Studio Morison. Each contribution to the book presents a unique take on Burgess’s recipe for hot pot and the role of food more generally throughout his extensive oeuvre.

The book launched at The Whitworth Manchester and is available to purchase here

Eating History

June 2016  Research

An AHRC funded cultural engagement project centred upon the Home Studies Collection, an archive of cookery books from the 1680s to the 1980s held at Manchester Metropolitan University’s Special Collections library. The project ran between April and June 2016 and entailed taking material from the collection to different community groups in Manchester, using the historical material as a trigger for conversation around contemporary questions of food and identity.

Laura recently delivered a paper on the project at the Portsmouth University symposium Cookbooks: Past Present and Future.


January 2014 - December 2015  Curating

A programme of film and video broadcasts exploring the notion of interruption within the everyday. Broadcasts were transmitted directly to an individual’s computer screen, visually interrupting the desktop. The broadcasts included both newly commissioned and existing artworks that resonated with the project theme of interruption. 


May 2014  Curating

An exhibition and film programme exploring Burgess’s use of the term Cacotopia. Participating artists included Ulf Aminde, Aline Bouvy & John Gillis, Franziska Lantz, Jen Lui, Rebecca Lennon, Elisabeth Molin, Heather & Ivan Morison & David Wojtowycz. Developed with funding from Arts Council England.


August 2011 - August 2012  Curating

Working in collaboration with theatre practitioner Swen Steinhauser a series of performance and installation works were staged in different spaces across Manchester and Salford providing minor interruptions to the everyday contexts of each chosen site. The series was launched with a performance by Edwina Ashton and subsequently supported the development of new works by Franziska Lantz, Giles Bailey, Salford Lids, Sian Robinson Davies, Amy Feneck & Antonia Low, culminating in a work by Quarantine Theatre Company. The project was funded by Arts Council England and supported by Salford University. 

The Doers, The Drifters & The Dreamers

November 2010  Curating

A weekend festival of music, visual art and performance curated in response to Studs Terkel’s aural history project Working – People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. The weekend included works by Ruth Beale, Cupola Bobber, Maurice Carlin, Sian Robinson Davies, Ruth Ewan, FORT, The Grubby Mitts, Claire Blundell Jones, Aiden Jolly, Juneau Projects, Peter Harrison, Phil Stanier, David Williams & UHC. The weekend was developed with funding from Arts Council England.