Laura McCafferty obsessively gathers images of incidental peculiarities from the ordinary, art history and popular culture. Through drawing she begins to construct realities from these sources, creating spaces that sit poised on the threshold of narrative. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to making Laura uses textile and performance to subtly mess with what’s expected.
Associate Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University
(BA Fine Art Year 1)
(Design, Culture and Context- Fashion and Textiles Level 6/Year 3)
(Decorative Arts Year 1 Embroidery)
2018-2019 Board of Trustee for UK Young Artists
2012-2016 MFA Fine Art (Distinction), Goldsmiths College, University of London, London
2000- 2003 Nottingham Trent University Decorative Arts, BA First Class (hons)
1999-2000 University of Ulster, Belfast Certificate in Foundation Studies in Art and Design (Distinction)
Selected group exhibitions
Veneer, Wirkswirth Festival. Curated by Emily Strange and Louisa chambers
Mothership Sawmills, London. Curated by Caro Halford and Elizabeth Byrne
MFA Fine Art Degree Show, Goldsmiths University, London
In Miniature, Mrs Ricks Cupboard, curated by Craig Fisher, part of Stand In, The Small Collections, Nottingham Contemporary
Interim, Goldsmiths University, London
Interim, We wish we had a show but it’s a Festival, Goldsmiths University, London
Opem 3, The Collection, Lincoln
Triennale of Milan, "Art & Television", of the original core of the exhibition is based on about 80 works from the collection of Maria Theresa Buffa and Alvise Chevallard of Turin- including Poppy in her living room, 2007.
No Particular Order, Resort, Margate.
Since 1943: In the Making, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
Made in the Middle, Invited artist by Craftspace, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Made in the Middle, Bliston Craft Gallery
Made in the Middle, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Made in the Middle, invited artist. Mac, Birmingham
Made in the Middle, The National Centre for Craft and Design
Made in the Middle, Shire Hall Gallery
Pile, curated by Craig Fisher, Chapter, Cardiff
Nottingham Castle Open
Pile, curated by Craig Fisher and Simon Franklin, The Surface gallery, Nottingham
An embroiderer’s eye: The Diana Springall Collection, The Silk Museum Macclesfield.
Arts Council East Midlands, EU Parliament, Brussells
Material Evidence, The Brindley, Curated by Jo Hall
A moment in time, Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Sunbury-on-Thames
People Watching, Platform Gallery, Clitheroe
The Biennale of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean Xll edition, Italy
Well Thread, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Best in Show, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
British Crafts in Japan, Ozone living and design Centre, Tokyo, Japan
Raw, The Craft and Design Centre, Manchester
Up your street, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock.
LIKE TRYING TO GET ALL THE STICKY BITS OFF YOU, BUT THEY KEEP STICKING, Angear Visitor Centre, Lakeside Arts Centre.
Thinking about all the things that I think I need or want, Mrs Rick’s Cupboard, Primary Studios, Nottingham
Stitch, West Yorkshire Print Workshop
Lost, Wallner Gallery, Nottingham
Drawing with fabric, Bath Fashion Museum
A Generation, Rochester Art Gallery
Saturday Afternoon, The City Art Gallery, Leicester
South Hall Gallery, Nottingham Castle Museum
Public and private collections
I have over 200 artworks in both public and private collections, below I have selected a two examples.
Pedestrians, Bath Fashion Museum, acquired 2009.
Lady with Flower stall and Jackie and Arlo, The Diana Springall Collection, acquired 2008.
Poppy in her living room, 2007, Alvise Chevallard Collection, acquired 2008
Private commission, 4 large panels, 2017
Won artwork commission for Outpatients waiting area, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Commissioned portraits, Rachel, 100x70cm Laura and Ben, 85x68cm, 2010
Commissioned portrait, Lauren,110x90cm, 2009
Commissioned portrait, Helen and Bernard, 56x75, 2009
Commissioned portrait, Ndidi in workshop, 88x71, 2009
Commissioned portrait, Barnaby, 56x65cm, 2008
Commissioned portrait, The Robacks, family of 25, 300x100cm, London, 2008
Commissioned portrait, Beaune, 200x 50cm. Researched in France, 2007
The Cherry on the Cake Collection, Victoria and Albert Museum 20 artworks, 2007
CVAN Meet the Artist
Japan Quilt, article, Hikaru Noguchi
Nottingham Visual Arts, Capturing images for the lost generation, interview by Andrew Cooper
Designer feature, Spaces Magazine, Sam Barker.
Drawing with fabric, review. Embroidery, May/June 2009, Page 55
Contemporary Textiles, Published in book, Drucilla Cole
BBC East midlands, three part broadcast on Biennale of Young Artists. Report by Matt Youdale
Crufts Misfits featured in Sunday Times Style magazine, Kara O’Reilly
Material Girls, Image Interiors, Ireland, Ben Webb
La vita in un patchwork, La Republica Italy, article, Arianna Lelli Mami
L’art aux mille et une coutures, Blackpool, France, Claire Naa
Big Book of Fashion Illustration: A World Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration: Martin Dawber
Material World, Guardian Weekend, Charlotte Abrahams
The Fabric of life article and Man and Cat in New York on front cover, Embroidery, Liz Hoggard
Taking care of business with a grant, Sunday Times Business, Rosie Gamble
Profile article and Dare to be Different on front cover, Design Week, Hannah Booth
Imagemakers, Feature in book published Worldwide, Martin Dawber
Home Spun article and Bingo Women featured, Sunday Times Style Magazine, Kara O’Reilly.
Kitchen Sink Drama, Embroidery, Joanne Hall.
The Future starts here, Embroidery, Joanne Hall.
Short-listed for The Wesley Barrell Craft Award in association with Crafts Council
Winner of Nottingham Creative Business Award
Artist Access to Art schools, Nottingham Trent University
Selected member of Contemporary Applied Arts, London
British Crafts in Japan Mission with Design Factory, Arts Council and UKTI
Arts Council Development Award and Short-listed for Crafts Council Development Award
100% Design Bursary award from 100% Design
British Crafts in Japan, selected research trip
Arts council Development Award
Arts council Development Award
Nottingham Business Venture- Young Entrepreneur Scholarship
Previous External activity
Gave short speech at UKYA City Takeover Launch, Oct 2018
Hourly paid lecturer on Decorative Arts, Nottingham Trent University
Invited to give talk at Derby Quilter’s Guild
Hourly paid lecturer, Design Culture and Context, Decorative Arts and Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University
Invited by Craftspace to lead workshops with their Collective, Birmingham
Invited by Craftspace to help lead an intervention with stitch at the Clothes Show Live, 2011
Invited by University of Ulster, Art college, to lead MasterClass at the art college and give an artists talk at The Ulster Museum
Invited guest speaker De Montfort University, Burton College, Derby Quilters, Lecture at Nottingham Trent
Invited guest speaker Societ of Dyers and colourists Colour Day, Nottingham Trent University
Drawing masterclass as part of Material Evidence Exhibition, The Brindley, Runcorn
Led workshop for Young Carers group, part of Drawing with Fabric, Bath Fashion Museum
Part time tutor for Decorative Arts Nottingham Trent University
Paint, Draw, Stitch, Knit- workshop. Nottingham Castle
CIP Project; led a weekly workshop in Birmingham, working with women asylum seekers-work was exhibited nationally three times including Origin 2007, through Craftspace.
Visiting lecturer- NTU, Derby University, Bolton College of Art and Design, Norwich College of Art and Design.
Invited speaker at Nottingham and Derby, West Bridgford and Lincolnshire Embroiderer’s Guilds.
Invited speaker at Society of Dyers and Colourists Colour day, Nottingham Trent University.
Judge for International student textile design award for Society of Dyers and Colourists.