Laura Napier

Location: London

Laura Napier is a London based, Sculptor working in a range of media including photography, site-specific installation, film, and performance works to explore sense of place, identity, buried history and loss. Napier creates objects, spaces and experiences adrift from real and fictional realms, which are tethered by the audience’s imagination. The architecture of spaces, and their effects on the people who interact with them is a particular inspiration. Focusing on the division and intersection of private and public space, as a vessel for storytelling.

She studied at Chelsea College of Art (2001-2004) and received an MA at the Royal College of Art, Sculpture School (2004-2006). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.


Solo exhibitions:
2015 Pub / Park / Place, (performance) The Crown Pub, Victoria Park, London, commissioned by Chisenhale Dance Space
2013 Heintzman’s Retirement Party, Erlang House, London
2012 Entry, ASC Window Space, London
2008 As Old As The Industry, As Modern As The Hour, Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, Northumberland, England
2005 Buka, Stables Gallery, London

Group exhibitions:
Art Language Location and Broken Grey Wires, Five Years: My Brain Hurts A Lot, (performance) Guest Projects, London
Emergency 2017 presented by Word of Warning, (performance) Z-arts, Manchester
Acts of Searching Closely, ASC Gallery, London
Bow Open, Nunnery Gallery selected by Anj Smith, London
Space & Place: Group Exhibition, Left Bank Leeds
Watching Write Here (performance) Whose London Is It Anyway? CPT, London
Bohemia Club, curated by Jim Hobbs, St Leonards-on-Sea
FATHOM, Four Corners, London
MDP Associates Exhibition: Looking at the Reflection of Reality, Federation House, Manchester
TOPOGRAPHY DISARRANGED: Landscape, Dislocation & Place, Place, Queen Of
Hungary Project Space, Norfolk
Richmond Art Gallery’s International Mail Art Exhibition: Memory, Richmond, Canada
Art : Language : Location, Sidgwick site and Plurabelle Sculpture Park, Cambridge
Loopart13 Group Show, Faircharm, Creekside Deptford
CGP Open, Southwark Park, London
Opificio Della Rosa, Castello di Montefiore Conca, Italy
Distrusted Space, International Arts Space Station, Muestra Internacional de Arte, Mexico City
Presence Of Absence (two person show, with Iulia Filiopvscaia), Notting Hill, London
Scene at Crib 5, London’s Design Week, Tea Building, London
Act 03, Central station, Kings Cross, London
Short and Sharp, Royal College of Art, London
Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London
Zurich International Theatre Festival in association with Museum of Modern Oddities (MoMO), Switzerland
Principal artist/curator: Pocket Ephemera, Natural History Museum, MoMO, London
Museum of Modern Oddities (MoMO): Melbourne, Australia

Awards / Residencies / Commissions:
2017 a-n Professional Development Bursary 2017
2016 West Dean Tapestry Commission Open Call - commendation
2015 Close Knit Community Residency, Chisenhale Dance Space
2014 FATHOM Four Corners Residency
2007/8 Berwick-Upon-Tweed Gymnasium Gallery Fellowship
2006 Madame Tussauds Group Fine Art Award

Social Engagement:
2017 Lead Artist, Poplar: Past, Present, Future, community engagement project, Poplar London
2015 Community Engagement Artist, ‘The Glass Bridge Project’ (Poplar DLR bridge), London
2014 Production Designer, A Christmas Carol, Community play, St Matthias, Poplar, London
2008 Collaboration with Berwick Baptist Banner Group, Northumberland, England