Laura Dennis is an independent curator and project manager specialising in the development of artists' projects for public spaces.
Laura has worked for several of the UK's leading art consultancies curating and producing commissions for organisations such as the Olympic Delivery Authority, TfL, Oxford University, Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital and The Crown Estate. From 2011-13 Laura managed a series of projects for United Visual Artists, one of the UK's most respected digital arts practices.
Laura is based in London and Norwich. She is currently enrolled on the Curation programme at Norwich University of the Arts.
CV & Education
Norwich University of the Arts (NUA)
Sept 2013-Sept 2014
University of Bristol
Oct 2000- June 2003
BA (Hons) History of Art (2:1)
ILX Training Group
Prince 2 Practitioner
Project Manager, United Visual Artists (UVA) June 2011 - Sept 2013
Managing and producing art projects within a high-profile art and design studio. Reviewing artist briefs and other opportunities, advising throughout the development of artistic concepts and designs, presenting the studio’s work at lectures, conferences and to clients, organising fabrication of artworks, financial planning/management, arranging marketing activities.
Commissions Manager, Modus Operandi Art Consultants June 2008 - June 2011
Curating and managing public art commissions from inception to installation, including: developing art strategies and programmes for public and private clients, managing artist selection procedures (including competitions), project managing design, planning and installation phases. Organising audience engagement activities, interpretation and publicity.
Project Manager, Ginkgo Projects 2007 - 2008
Developing and implementing art programmes and managing public art commissions on behalf of public and private sector clients.
Cultural Partnership Manager, Arts & Business (Fixed term) June 2006- Dec 2006
Managing a number of projects on behalf of a partnership responsible for culture in regeneration programmes in the South West.
Assistant Creative Programmes Manager, Artpoint Trust Ltd 2004- 2006
Project assistant for public art commissions, educational workshops, artist residencies and research activities.
Administrator, Arts & Business South West 2003- 2004
Providing administrative support for the South West regional team of an organisation that supports partnerships between the two sectors
Museum Assistant, Bristol City Museums & Art Gallery 2002- 2003
Part-time alongside university studies, assisting visitors to the museums and ensuring the security of the collections.
Administration Assistant, Hopkins Architects 2001- 2002
Temporary work during university vacations, including archiving and filing of architectural drawings, updating databases and other administrative tasks.
(As Curator/Commissions Manager)
Drawn to Architecture exhibition at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral
Interactive digital installation Floating Point by UVA for Aske Gardens
Light sculpture Always/Never by UVA for Gazelli Art House
Light sculpture Onward by UVA for private collector
Interactive digital sculpture Sound Wave by UVA for Bristol City Council
Light sculpture Fragment by UVA for Level, Dubai
Digital light sculpture Slipstream by UVA for Toronto Eaton Centre
Digital light sculpture by Spencer Finch for the Crown Estate, London W1
Light and glass work by Daniela Schoenbachler for the Crown Estate, W1
Corten steel frieze by Daniel Sturgis for Akerman Road Centre, Lambeth
Wall painting by Paul Morrison for Akerman Road Centre, Lambeth
Perspex text series by Simeon Nelson for Guy’s Hospital
Glass and light work by Rebecca Salter for 9-15 Sackville Street, London W1
Graphic serial artwork by Nicky Hirst for Guy’s Hospital
Photography series by Ori Gersht for Guy’s Hospital
Mapping the Park Competition for the Olympic Delivery Authority
Sculpture by Keith Wilson for Atlip Road, Alperton
Wall painting by Lothar Goetz for City of Westminster College
Perspex and glass screen by Ian Monroe for the University of Oxford
Sculpture by Langlands & Bell for the University of Oxford
Light Art Competition for the Olympic Delivery Authority
Ceramics and paintings by Marta Marce for Guy’s Hospital
Frieze lfo Spectrum by Carsten Nicolai for the Olympic Delivery Authority
Stone relief by Shauna McMullan for the Portman Estate
Photography commission by David Ward for the Docklands Light Railway
Light art work by Martin Richman for New Bond Street, London W1
Soffit mosaic by Antoni Malinowski for St George’s Street, London W1
Bronze screen by Rona Smith for the United Reformed Church
Fountains and font by Alison Wilding for the United Reformed Church
Wall painting by Tod Hanson for the Merchants’ Academy, Bristol
Documentary short film by Amy Feneck for Hengrove Park, Bristol
Proposals by Richard Woods for Wine Street, Bristol
Creativity v Negativity 1-day Conference with Charles Landry
Sculpture / sound installation by Simon Patterson for the Open University
Radio telescope installation by Jem Finer for the University of Oxford
Performance and film work by Michael Pinsky for the Oxford Bus Company