DR Laura Woodward

DR Laura Woodward


  • Art as Research (Practice-Led Research)
  • Empathy in relation to Art Practice and Kinetic Art
  • Kinetic Art and Movement in Art
  • New Materialism in relation to Art Practice and Practice-Led Research
  • Sculptural and Installation Practice
  • Sculpture and Installation in the Public Realm
  • Systems Theory and Embedded Systems in relation to Art Practice (including Neocybernetics)



  • Dr Laura Woodward is a practicing artist based in Melbourne. Woodward has been exhibiting sculptural, kinetic installations since 2006. Her current artistic trajectory involves the creation of looped systems embodied in these sculptural installations, where the system is the work of art and the work of art is the system. These systems develop through the relationships between materials, movement, time and the artist's hand. 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 systems are increasingly shifting away from digital or electronic controls, instead embracing the power and weight of water to develop analogue-hydraulic logic systems. Video and drawing works have also started to emerge from Woodward's studio, often generated through those same processes used to create her kinetic sculptures.

    Woodward's sculptural practice involves the application of various materials including stainless steel, plastics, silicones, electronics, motors and fasteners to create the various elements in her work including vessels, peristaltic pumps, and switching units. She works with processes and technologies ranging from ready-at-hand studio experimentation through to three-dimensional modelling for computer numerically controlled cutting, resulting in the detailed assembly of highly-finished, expansive installations.

    Woodward's work has been recognised nationally through numerous 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.


Member of

  • National Association for the Visual Arts. NAVA Premium Plus 2017 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

    2014 Australia Council Mid-Career Artist New Work Grant.
    2013 Australia Council Mid-Career Artist New Work Grant.
    2010 Australia Council Emerging Artist New Work Grant. 

    2015 Highly Commended: Art Gallery NSW Studios in Paris Residency Scholarship.
    2011 Recipient - Melbourne Research Scholarship (MRS) for PhD.
    2011 Artspace Studio Residency, Artspace, Sydney.
    2009 Winner - Agendo Prize for Emerging Artists.
    2008 Residency Shortlist: Asialink Visual Arts Residency to Ssamzie Space, Seoul, South Korea.
    2008 Finalist: ANZ Visual Arts Fellowship Award.
    2007 Winner - Vulcan Steel Postgraduate Tutorship Award.
    2007 Winner - Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists.
    2007 Recipient - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for Masters of Fine Art.
    2005 Finalist: Dowd Foundation Scholarship.
    2005 Finalist: The Fifth Baldessin Foundation Travelling Fellowship.
    2004 Finalist: Wallara Travelling Scholarship.
    2003 Finalist: Lucato Peace Prize.
    2002-3 Sculpture Commission: Ballarat Grammar School.
    2000-1 Various Private Commissions.

    2014 Curator and Project Coordinator: “Rising: the Victoria Harbour Young Artist Initiative” - an exhibition of five to eight major outdoor public artworks from Sculpture & Spatial Practice students, VCA. In partnership with Lend Lease, City of Melbourne, Parks Victoria and Places Vic.
    2013 Permanent Public Sculpture: Collaboration with Jem Freeman commissioned by Lend Lease for Hume City Council, to create a significant public sculpture for the new Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre, Craigieburn, Melbourne. The resulting work is “Voices”, a sculptural sound installation comprising seven large tubular bells that respond to viewer movements.
    2013 Curator and Project   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MFA, University of Melbourne 2009
  • BFA (Hons), Victorian College of the Arts 2006
  • BFA, Victorian College of the Arts 2005

Awards and honors

  • National Winner - Innovative Teaching Award, Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS), 2017
  • Early Career Teaching Award, Faculty of VCA & MCM, the University of Melbourne, 2016



Available for supervision

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