Laura Edbrook BA (Hons), MFA

Job Title:

Lecturer in Fine Art Critical Studies





Laura Edbrook and Sarah Forrest, ‘It is this it is this, it is this’ at Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event
International Symposium, Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, University of Dundee, 2016, performative video-essay

Laura Edbrook and Sarah Forrest, ‘It is this it is this, it is this’ at Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event


Laura Edbrook

Laura Edbrook is a Lecturer in Fine Art Critical Studies, a research-led department responsible for the development and delivery of historical, critical and contextual studies curricula in the School of Fine Art.

Laura completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art in 2005 and an MFA in Contemporary Art Theory & Visual Culture at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh in 2011.

Her writing and research is concerned with critical memoir and autotheory as a poetics for critique. Her work is interdisciplinary and cross-form, often presented in multiple registers including publication, exhibition and performance. Her writing both embodies and examines the intimate, cerebral and emotional voice as a rhetorical form where criticality is charged by correlation to one’s own life.

Laura’s pedagogical practice concerns the expanded field of art writing and since 2016 she has taken a leading role in the development of a new postgraduate programme in Art Writing for the School of Fine Art. Before being in post at GSA, Laura taught on the MA and MFA Contemporary Art Theory and Contemporary Art Practice programmes at Edinburgh College of Art (2012-2015).

Research interests include: art writing, autotheory, anecdotal theory, radical subjectivity, artist novel, essay as form, writing for performance and moving image, post-criticism, intertextuality, editing and independent publishing.

Forthcoming publications:

Laura is currently co-editing a special issue of Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, published by Intellect, with Dr Susannah Thompson (GSA) focusing on recent developments in Art Writing. The edited collection reflects upon and examines an expansive moment in the development of alternative forms of critical, theoretical and creative writing and in the reconfiguring of the relationship between writing and creative practice.

Contributors include: Laura Edbrook; Laurence Figgis (GSA); Dr Katrina Palmer (Central Saint Martins); Dr Elizabeth Reeder (University of Glasgow); Lindsay Seers (Goldsmiths) Dr Joanne Tatham (Royal College of Art); Dr Amanda Thompson (GSA); Dr Susannah Thompson (GSA); Gillian Wylde (Falmouth University).

She will also contribute to Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event?, published by Sternberg Press, with Sarah Forrest. This publication follows from a performative video-essay presented at the International Symposium ‘12 Hour Action Group’ at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD, University of Dundee.

Editorial and curatorial practice:
Alongside her writing and art practice, Laura has an established editorial and curatorial practice. She is an Editorial Director of MAP, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the discussion and support of artist-led publishing and production. In this role she has curated Will Internets Eat Brain? by Gillian Wylde for Glasgow Film Festival 2017; A Feminist Chorus, a live performance and audio installation by Lucy Reynolds, presented at Glasgow International 2014 (venues including Glasgow Women’s Library, Mackintosh House and GSA) and RIBA, London.

A Feminist Chorus was accompanied by a publication, co-edited with Alice Bain, collating the choral score and essay by Dr Sarah Neely (University of Stirling). She co-organised a reading group and concurrent events programme with Emma Balkind under the project title, Sick Sick Sick: The Books of Ornery Women including a screening of Gravity & Grace by Chris Kraus and the production of an unabridged reading of Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell by Katherine Angel and The Blackburn Company, staged in the Centre for Contemporary Art Theatre, Glasgow.