Approved: 16.09.2013

Laura Cooper

Artist, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.09.2013




    My work begins with an attempt to have encounters with places and their inhabitants. I often engage people to perform playful actions that are abstractions of their everyday situation, re-appropriations or misuses of the space in which they take place. Works are documented in memory, installations of video, drawings and objects. Although much of my work is an exploration of urban public space I am increasingly interested in the complex relationship between humans, nature and other animals in an increasingly homogenized ecosystem. Works can be diverse in scale and orchestration—ranging from, creating a whistled code with a group of young men in the London financial district, documenting Mongolian nomads terminology for horse colors through western paint colors, filming a business woman climb over a public sculpture and to reenacting an ancient fox hunt in central London with a tribe of women—all are attempts to interrogates to how public spaces can be inhabited and transformed, working with ordinary people to subtly or poetically reclaim them.

    Much of my work is informed from my rural upbringing. A recurring theme in my work is exploring the human-animal and attempting to inhabit a less anthropocentric outlook. My most recent work has returned to the theme of hunting and our conflicting relationship to other bodies, I am interested in what lies in its performativity as well as mankind’s constant attempt to colonize and yet separate itself from nature.


    CV & Education

    Laura Cooper / CV


    2012 Master of Fine Art Media | The Slade School of Art [UCL] London UK
    2006 BA Hons 1st Class | Fine Art Painting | The Glasgow School of Art | Glasgow UK

    Exhibitions / Performances


    New Normal | Gravity Performance (5mins) | The Hangar- Umam & Dawawine Beirut, Lebanon

    Silence of the Valkyries | Internet Project for PRAKSIS Oslo, Norway


    Mucker Mate - Screening | hosted by PRAKSIS and Oslo Pilot, Oslo, Norway Community Spirit | St Lukes Church—A Global Committee Event | Brooklyn NY 2015
    BRIC Arts Documentary Film Screening at The Bishop Gallery | Brooklyn NY Eyes As Sieves |Global Committee | Brooklyn NY

    VideoGud | Video Program and Festival | touring across Sweden

    Sound and the Urban Environment | ONCA Gallery | Brighton UK

    [Solo] Nomadic Glow | Material Art Fair at Centro ADM PIRA | Mexico City


    LAM 360 degrees - Land Art Biennale Exhibition | National Union Of Mongolian Artists Gallery | Ulaanbaator, Mongolia

    Always and Again | Steambox Research Center for the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art | Dublin, Ireland Voice and The Lens | Rich Mix Cinema | Spitalfields Music Festival | London, UK
    A HUNT (part of Liz Magic Laser’s Bystander) | Recess | New York, USA

    [Solo] Work From the Inside Out | Perfolink, Connection Europa Link | Santiago Chile Work From the Inside Out (Collaboration with Ian Giles) | Art Licks Weekend | London, UK [Solo] In Pursuit | Franklin Furnace Fund; Performance Intervention | SoHo New York ,USA Voicing The Sound - Screening and Talk | AIR Gallery Brooklyn | New York USA
    [Solo] Soft Revolutions | Space In Between Gallery | London, UK
    Happiness Now | Guest Projects | London, UK


    He(a)rd | Performance |The Voice and The Lens | IKON Gallery Birmingham ,UK

    We Are Temporary Structures [with Ian Giles] Participatory Performance, BP Saturdays | Tate Britain, UK

    BIRDS [Screening] | Centre of Contemporary Art | Tallinn, Estonia

    Game Play Place State | Collyer Bristow Gallery London, UK

    Upstanding Platform 1 | Camden Arts Center |London, UK


    Inside The Line | Chester Performs | Chester, UK

    Conduct | Public Performance| Deptford X festival 2011| London UK

    A Hunt | Pool Side Emergency Performance Event | The Bluecoat Arts Centre | Liverpool, UK

    Act II - Performance Event | Rhubaba Gallery | Edinburgh, UK

    The Chalet Prize Glasgow - The Chalet | Glasgow, UK

    Works in Video | Space in Between Gallery | London, UK


    SAP International Residency Program Exhibition | Stone and Water Gallery |Seoul South Korea

    Slowness, Internet Performance / Installation | As Yet Unnamed - About Art | Bangkok Thailand & Streamed live on the Internet - Red Wire Gallery | Liverpool Biennial UK


    700IS Film Festival | Culture Centre of Fljo´tsdalshe´rað | Egilsstaðir, Iceland

    Mediatised Sites Performance Festival| Live and Internet Performance at the British Arts Council Bangkok, Thailand & streamed live to Dance City | Newcastle, UK



    PRAKSIS and Oslo Pilot Residency with artist Seamus Harahan, Oslo, Norway


    Centro ADM, Artist residency Program, Mexico City, Mexico


    LAM 360 degrees|, Land Art Biennale and Production Residency, Ulaanbator, Mongolia.


    I-Park Residency program, New York, USA.


    Residency and Workshop at New Arts Foundation, Hue City, Vietnam.


    Act II, Mini Residency, Rhubaba Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland.


    SAP Seoksu Market International Artist Residency Program, Seoul, South Korea.


    Artist Residency Program at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok, Thailand.


    Travel scholarship under Artist Estumo Kashihara, Kyoto, Japan (Kyoto Seika University).

    Prizes/A wards


    Arts Council England International Travel Grant, UK.


    Franklin Furnace Grant Award for New Performance, New York City, USA.


    AHRC Block Grant funding, UCL, Slade School of Art Research based Masters Degree. 2008 Grants to Artists Awards Arts Council England, For the development of new work.

    Jock Mcphee Painting Prize for the Glasgow School of Art Painting Graduate 2006.

    References Marianne Mulvey

    Email; Jane Parker

    Head of Fine Art Media The Slade School of Art.


    Curator of Public Programmes at Tate Britain / Modern, And PhD student with Tate and Birkbeck in partnership with

    Open School East and MIMA