ABOUT THE ARTIST
"...Woodward's works are mysterious and formally alluring. This feeling is heightened by an overwhelming sense of the organic in her mechanical inventions."
ART PRACTICE: Laura Woodward lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. She has been creating sculptural kinetic installations for several years, with her kinetic installations having been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia. Laura's current explorations focus on the potential of system-based kinetic installations, where the system's inherent logic drives its formal and systematic emergence.
Solo exhibitions include "Writhe", Ararat Regional Gallery, 2015; "Introverted", Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank, 2013; "The Saltus" at Place Gallery, Richmond, in 2011; and "Underwing", Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, 2010. Curated group exhibitions include "Composing Common Worlds", curated by Dr Kent Wilson, Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery and "In Motion", curated by Sally Clarke, Airspace, Sydney, 2014; and the "McClelland Sculpture Award", 2007 and 2010.
Completed public commissions include "Voices" at Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre (in collaboration with Jem Freeman) and the Horsham Highway Entrance Sculpture. Laura's major public commission "Murmur" will be installed in Marina Tower, Docklands, by the end of 2017.
RECOGNITION: Laura received an Australia Council Emerging Artist New Work Grant in 2010 and Australia Council Mid-Career Artist New Work Grants in 2013 and 2014; was the winner of the Agendo Prize for Emerging Artists in 2009; and received both the Vulcan Steel Postgraduate Tutorship Award and a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Award in 2007. She has also been short-listed for numerous awards and commissions, including the Melbourne Fire Brigade memorial for fallen fire-fighters at Burnley. In 2015 Laura received a 'Highly Commended' award for the Art Gallery of NSW Studios in Paris Scholarship.
BEYOND THE STUDIO: Laura is a lecturer in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, where she won the Faculty Teaching Award (early career) in 2016 for the pedagogical-research project "Calling Percy". She has previously taught in the Sculpture Department at RMIT University, in the Sculpture Department at Hong Kong Art School (with RMIT), and in the Sculpture & Spatial Practice Department at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne.