Director, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

Laura Simpson is the Director of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which provides subsidised access to studios, workshop facilities and residencies for artists; alongside a programme of public courses, discursive events, community engagement and exhibitions. Partners range from Ukrainian Institute, Kyiv; TOKAS, Tokyo; Multi Cultural Family Base, Edinburgh; local primary schools; and National Network of Production Facilities.

Previously she was Programme Manager at Hospitalfield working on residencies, commissions and public events. These have included the work of artists John Smith, Andy Holden, Claire Barclay, James Rigler, Lubaina Himid and Tamara Henderson. In 2015 Hospitalfield organised Graham Fagen’s exhibition for Scotland + Venice at the Venice Biennale. Laura was involved in the Learning Programme with 27 emerging artists and students.

From 2007 - 2013 Laura was Assistant Curator at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee. Laura is a Board Member for Bothy Project and part of the advisory group for Curatorial Studio in 2019 - 20. She was on the jury for the Margaret Tait Film Award (2015 - 2016) and a Board Member for Fife Contemporary Art & Craft (2010 – 2016).

Laura completed an MFA at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, then was Chair of the artist-led group Generator in Dundee.

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