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Student Showcase Archive

Laura Copsey

MA work

MA work

  • The Duddo Stones - An Agricultural Calendar

    The Duddo Stones - An Agricultural Calendar, Laura Copsey 2017
    40cm x 30cm | Photographer: Laura Copsey

  • Field Work (Residency/Expedition)

    Field Work (Residency/Expedition), 2017-2018
    Various | Photographer: Laura Copsey

  • Islands

    Islands, Laura Copsey 2017
    400cm x 20xm | Photographer: Laura Copsey

  • Portable Wheat Field

    Portable Wheat Field, Laura Copsey 2017
    Metal, plastic, wood, compost, grain
    1.5m x 1m | Photographer: Laura Copsey

  • We will not be rushed

    We will not be rushed, Laura Copsey 2018
    Glass, Mud, Grain
    50cm | Photographer: Laura Copsey

  • Millstone Shoes

    Millstone Shoes, Laura Copsey 2018
    Jezmonite, rope, granite effect spray
    20cm x 20cm | Photographer: Laura Copsey

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Field Work

Field Work is a research project exploring the relationship between the past and the present, focusing on traditional trades fundamental to collective human experience, community and ritual. These objects, and portable wheat field are inspired by ethnographic absurdity and intangible cultural heritage, expose underlying socio-political anxiety and contemporary concerns. The collection is the outcome of a series of time-based experiments to counteract the alienation of our digital lives and explore how histories speak of the present.



  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2018

  • My practice is interdisciplinary and collaborative, blurring with my background as an Occupational Therapist and musician. I am a practice based researcher, interested in traces and the heritage of human activity and endeavour within site specific locations or industries/trades. Most recently I have explored farming, milling and baking as heritage industries using wheat as a material that embeds human ingenuity within landscapes.

    My particular focus is the often mysterious relationship between history and the present. There are infinite histories that can be recalled in any moment so I examine what a particular narrative exposes about the present day - often our underlying contemporary concerns and socio-political anxieties. This approach towards time, and the different ways of experiencing and/or documenting it, is my core theme. I use this approach as a methodology. As a result my way of working is time based, participatory and process led. I organise happenings, workshops, performances and conversations where the audience may become collaborators.  Fragments accumulate over time via situations and experience serving as a debris of the experience, rather than a single outcome. 

    I make objects and use material to communicate narrative as ‘conversation pieces,’ that invite participation, inspired by ethnography. I am drawn to the grey area between what is real and imagined and exploit this to spark a conversation using humour and the surreal to draw attention to the darker themes beneath the surface. I also use moving image, photography, writing and sound.

    Get in touch if you want to work together or if you own a fishing boat…

  • Degrees

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Distinction), City Lit Adult Education, 2013; Bsc Occupational Therapy (University of East Anglia), 2005
  • Experience

  • Artist in Residence on Wren Davis Heritage Grain Farm in the Chiltern Hills, October 2017 - present; Islands Expedition, Across RCA Co-Facilliator, 2017; Institutional failure (workshop commission / co-facilliator), Studio Sundown, ReachOut RCA, 2017; Co-facilliator of f[r]iction student forum, Visual Communication, 2017-2018; Field Work Expedition, Facilitator, 2018; Musician, Firestations (band) Album ' The Year Dot ' @ Lost Map Records, London/Isle of Eigg, 2018; Member of the icing room; Senior Occupational Therapist - Learning Disability / Mental Health
  • Exhibitions

  • SHOW18, Royal College of Art; The Museum of Contemporary Farming, The Museum of English Rural life, Reading, 2018; Islands, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, 2017; Dissolution, the icing room, 493 Forest Road, 2017 (Art Licks); g l a z e, the icing room, London, 2017; A Similar Page, The Reader (Royal College of Art), The Horse Hospital, London, 2017; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London 2018; Sublimate, the icing room collective, London, 2017
  • Conferences

  • The Museum of Contemporary Farming, The Museum of English Rural life, March 2018