Making with Mothers 

Current  Curating

A project on the Andersen Ward, a specialist mother and baby unit at Wythenshawe hospital in Greater Manchester. Having received Arts Council England Funding, Laura is working with artists Aliyah Hussain and Niamh Riordan, and mental health researcher and florist Leanne Cook to develop a regular programme of workshops centred around making crockery, cutlery and table decorations, embracing the day to day rituals of life on the ward.

FEAST Journal

Current  Curating

FEAST Journal brings together artists, researchers, academics and cooks to facilitate projects that explore our relationship with food. From food as a social event, a marker of identity and a product of history to 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.

Having recently developed 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, FEAST is currently working with a community garden in South Manchester building a library of medicinal plants

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.