Laura trained in visual art at Brighton University, the Slade School of Fine Art UCL and the Pratt Institute, New York during the 1980s and 90s. She created work in paint, textiles and other sculptural materials, referencing the representation of the female body in art, and domestic and craftwork. She exhibited internationally and worked for more than ten years as an academic in art colleges, and gallery and museum education.
Home live art
Laura founded and was co-director of the creative production company, home live art, with producer Mimi Banks, from 1999-2013. Initially using Laura's own home in London as a venue, the company has gone on to produce numerous events, performances and festivals. home live art champions live art, performance and participatory work in public spaces and has created major events for organisations such as Tate, the British Museum, V&A and the National Theatre.
Laura says: "Since 2012, my family has collaborated on creating seasonal greetings cards and images, which are then posted on social media. The idea started in response to the round-robin Christmas letters and cards that some people send, which list achievements and 'successes', and show perpetually smiling family members. Wishing to challenge this and the idea of the 'perfect family' portrait and play with cultural tropes, each year we construct a photo card."