Approved: 15.02.2016

Laura Onions

Artist, Researcher, Teacher, Writer

Approved: 15.02.2016

I am an artist, educator and researcher based in the West Midlands.

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Artist Statement

I am an artist, educator and researcher based in the West Midlands.

I work with painting and printmaking, between spaces for making and writing, drafts and notes, where the textual slips into the visual. Text and graphic forms are a recurring motif that are to be read through one another. My work is connected by experiences of learning, reading and writing, how patterns of meaning are generated, articulated and repeated. I am interested in the provisional and fragmentary quality in learning – a kind of drafting or notational space; ‘notation, has the additional advantage of showing clearly those structural elements that do not appear on the surface.’*

A feminist approach to education undercurrents this thinking, how can spaces of teaching and painting learn from each other? I utilise the writing of female authors and archival materials as a guide, where histories and voices intersect, enabling blankness to speak. 

*Anni Albers (1965) On Weaving.

I am a studio holder at Eagleworks, Wolverhampton. 

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CV & Education


2017 MA Art and Education Practices (Distinction), Birmingham City University

2015 PGCE (M) Post Compulsory Education, University of Wolverhampton

2013 BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1st Class, University of Wolverhampton

Current Employment

Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton

Gallery Assistant, Grand Union, Birmingham


2018 A seat in which to read, Wolverhampton 

2017 Repeat, Recite, Restate, Group Show, Brixton

2017 Margaret, MA Degree Show, Birmingham School of Art

2017 PULPA III, group show, RK Burt Gallery, London

2016 Women In Art, group show, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton

2016 Staff Show, Wolverhampton School of Art

2016 Broken Spaces, group show, Rye Attic, Nottingham

2015 Insert Groovy Title Here, group show, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2015 Insert Groovy Title Here, group show, Eagle Works, Wolverhampton

Research and Projects

2018 Book Chapter (2018) Being Maker-Centric: Making as Method for Self- organising & Achieving Craft Impact in Local Communities & Economies. Fiona Hackney, Deirdre Figueiredo, Laura Onions, Gavin Rogers and Jana Milovanovic; ?

2018 Paper Presentation, NAFAE, with Gavin Rogers. Paper Presentation 

2017 Paper Presentation, New Modes of Art Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University

2017 Artist/researcher, Maker Centric, Co-making Communities, Wolverhampton (ongoing)

2017 Paper Presentation, Foundations of a Creative Curriculum, BALTIC, Newcastle

2016 Paper Presentation, International Journal of Art & Design Education (iJADE), University of Chester

2016 Artist in Residence and Paper Presentation, Art as Research in Learning and Teaching                                   International Conference

2016 Paper Presentation, ‘Research Practice, Practice Research’ Conference. National     Association for Fine Art Education (NAFAE) 

2016 Co-Founder, Temple Street Studios, Wolverhampton

2016 Publication contribution, Q-Arts ‘Transitions out of Fine Art Education

2015 Researcher, Successful Research Bid, Vice Chancellors Excellence Initiative

Teaching, Talks and Workshops

2017 Artist Talk, ‘Accelerator’ event hosted by Engine, New Art West Midlands, Worcester Arts Workshop

2014/16 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Wolverhampton

2015 Workshop Ikon Youth Programme, Ikon, Birmingham

2015 Workshops, Black Country University Technical College

Bursary, Membership, Awards

2017 Micro-Bursary to fund visit DOCUMENTA 14, Engine Programme, New Art West Midlands

2017 Shortlised, Lecturer of the Year, University of Wolverhampton Student Union

2017 Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

2016 Membership, National Association for Fine Art Education (NAFAE)

2015 Membership, Extra Special People (ESP)