Index of Convalescence

Current  Research

Taking the form of an online index, the project presents a collection of research fragments exploring the history and contemporary resonance of the term convalescence. In the long wake of a global pandemic the index offers itself as resource, touchstone and impetus for an array of interdisciplinary endeavors of thinking, dreaming and (re-)inventing innovative modes and structures of caring for ourselves, each other and the environments of our shared habitats.

Developed in collaboration with Swen Steinhauser the index forms the foundation for a future programme of artists commissions and public events including the forthcoming exhibition The Craft of Convalescence at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester (April - June 2022)

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.

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 and is working towards an article for an edition of the journal Food and Foodways edited by symposium organiser Laurel Forster.