Dr Laura Guy BA (hons), MA, MA, PhD

Job Title:

PhD Co-ordinator, Lecturer


School of Design



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Dr Laura Guy

Dr Laura Guy is a writer and curator based between the School of Design and School of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. Laura teaches Fine Art Critical Studies across undergraduate programmes within the School of Fine Art. She welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students in any of her research interests: queer and feminist theory, photography & photo theory, activist print cultures, contemporary art and artist moving image.

Before working at GSA, Laura held teaching positions at Goldsmiths, University of London and Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. She has a PhD from the former Manchester Institute for Research in Art and Design (2016) and before that studied photography at the University of Westminster and in Durham University’s Centre for Advance Photography Studies. She also undertook postgraduate research as part of Vision Forum, a mobile laboratory associated with Linköpings universitet, Sweden. Between 2016 and 2018 she was a postdoctoral researcher on the project Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS queer sexual cultures at the University of Edinburgh and from 2018 until 2021 was a Research Excellence Academic Fellow in the Department of Fine Art at Newcastle University. In 2019/20, she was appointed Honorary Fellow in Contemporary Art and Curating at the University of Edinburgh.

Laura’s research focuses on post-1960s photographic, documentary and print cultures. She is editor of Phyllis Christopher, Dark Room (Bookworks, 2022) and co-editor of Queer Print Cultures in Europe (Bloomsbury Academic, 2022) and is currently writing a book on photography and transatlantic queer lesbian community. She has organised various exhibitions and screenings dedicated to this period of photographic culture and has contributed related essays to Third Text, Women: A Cultural Review, Aperture and Source Photographic Review. Her research has been supported by various grants and awards including the Arts Council of England, the Paul Mellon Foundation and TERRA Foundation for American Art.

As a writer and curator she regularly collaborates with artists and art organisations. Over the past decade, she has contributed to exhibition programmes at Baltic, Gateshead; TATE, Liverpool; Archive Kabinett, Berlin; ICA, London and the Cantor Film Centre, New York. She has also published widely on artist moving image including the work of Jamie Crewe, Sandra Lahire, Charlotte Prodger, Sarah Pucill, and Rehana Zaman.

Laura is a member of the advisory group for LUX Scotland and is on the board of the artist-led organisation Rhubaba in Edinburgh.