Artist and Lecturer, Faculty of VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne
Dr Laura Woodward is an artist and researcher based in Melbourne. Woodward has been exhibiting sculptural, kinetic installations for over ten years. Her current artistic research involves the creation of looped systems embodied in these sculptural installations. The system’s inherent logic drives its formal and systematic emergences, opening up the opportunity for bodily resonances and experiences forged between artwork and viewer.
Woodward’s work has been nationally recognised through prizes, grants, public commissions, solo exhibitions and significant group exhibitions. She received Australia Council New Work Grants in 2010, 2013 and 2014; won the Agendo Prize for Emerging Artists in 2009; and was awarded the Vulcan Steel Postgraduate Tutorship Award and a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Award in 2007.
In 2015 Woodward received a ‘Highly Commended’ award for the Art Gallery of NSW Studios in Paris Scholarship. Solo exhibitions include Ararat Regional Gallery, 2015; Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank, 2013; and Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, 2010. Woodward’s practice increasingly involves the creation of large-scale sculptural works for the public realm, including her major upcoming commission “Murmur” for Marina Tower, Docklands. Woodward has presented her research at conferences including Sensory Worlds, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011; Moving Imagination, Ghent, Belgium, 2011; and Interdiscipline AAANZ, University of Melbourne, 2013. Her publications include a chapter in the collective volume Moving Imagination: The Motor Dimension of Imagination in the Arts, 2013; and a paper in the peer-reviewed journal Studio Research in 2014. Woodward is a lecturer in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts.