Staff profile: Laura Smith

Laura Smith, Exhibition and Displays Curator

Laura Smith is Exhibitions and Displays Curator at Tate St Ives, where she is responsible for a programme of historical and contemporary exhibitions, collection displays and associated research and publication activity. At Tate St Ives she works closely with the Integrated Programme Team, which includes Learning curators, an exhibitions and displays curator, a registrar and a curatorial intern. Laura Smith has curated the widely touring exhibition Marlow Moss (2013), as well as solo exhibitions of the work of artists including Linder, Nick Relph, Gareth Jones, Patrick Heron and R.H. Quaytman. She has also worked on group exhibitions such as Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep (2013), International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915–1965 (2014) and The Modern Lens: International Photography and the Tate Collection (2014). Laura Smith is heavily involved in the Tate St Ives Artists Programme, working closely with its inaugural artist in residence, Linder, as well as residents Nic Deshayes, Marie Toseland and Lucy Stein.

Joined Tate 2012.

Research interests

Laura Smith’s research interests focus on international contemporary art and its relationship to modernism, with a particular emphasis on questions of gender and identity and their relationship to art production, language and literature. She is currently developing an exhibition centred on the methodologies and literary practice of Virginia Woolf, which will explore Woolf’s relationship to feminism, post-feminism and women’s representations of landscape. Laura Smith is interested in the legacy of feminism as a theoretical achievement that reshapes and renegotiates the idea of transformation in relation to society, politics and art, and which elevates discussion beyond engendered body politics.

Selected publications             

  • With Sam Thorne, Sara Matson and Simon Baker, ‘New Visons’, in The Modern Lens, exhibition catalogue, Tate St Ives, St Ives 2015, pp.7–28.
  • Summer 2013, exhibition catalogue, Tate St Ives, St Ives 2013, 32pp.
  • ‘Summer 2013’, in Summer 2013, exhibition catalogue, Tate St Ives, St Ives 2013, pp.2–4.
  • Assistant editor, Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou (eds. Alex Farquharson and Leah Gordon), exhibition catalogue, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham 2013, 248pp.
  • With Rebecca Wilcox, ‘Making it Worthwhile’, in The Burning Sand, Glasgow 2013, pp.32–6.
  • To Arrive Where We Started, exhibition catalogue, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 2012, 32pp.
  • ‘To Arrive Where We Started’, in To Arrive Where We Started, exhibition catalogue, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 2012, pp.1–2.
  • With Lily Hall (eds.), Ritual without Myth, exhibition catalogue, Royal College of Art, London 2012, 96pp.
  • ‘Danai Anesiadou: Can-can’, in Ritual without Myth, exhibition catalogue, Royal College of Art,London 2012, pp.30–4.
  • ‘Contribution’, in Prawn’s Pee, exhibition publication, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, Glasgow 2012, unpaginated.
  • The Tino Sehgal Archive, exhibition catalogue, Transmission Gallery,Glasgow 2011, 32pp.
  • With Maria Christoforidou (eds.), Decalcomania, exhibition catalogue, The Exchange, Penzance 2011, 48pp.
  • With Maria Christoforidou, ‘A Fog and a Small Moon: Notes on Decalcomania’, in Decalcomania, exhibition catalogue, The Exchange,Penzance 2011, pp.6–10.
  • ‘Where the Potato is the Hero, the Tree Becomes the Villain’, in Decalcomania, exhibition catalogue, The Exchange,Penzance 2011, pp.26–7.
  • ‘Rough Velvet’, Victor and Hester, vol.23, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 2011, pp.1–8.
  • ‘After’, 2HB, vol.9, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 2011, pp.20–1.
  • ‘Psittacus’, Bibliophile, Arnolfini, Bristol 2011,  

Selected exhibitions and displays 

Last updated February 2015.