b. 1961, Wales; lives and works in London
1982-1983 Chelsea School of Art, MA
1978-1982 Bath Academy of Art, BA
Soft fabrics, materials and found objects make up the mainstay of Laura Ford's work, creating figures playful and grotesque from the imagination or fantasy. Aged 21, Ford was the youngest participant in the major Haywood/Serpentine exhibition The Sculpture Show in 1983, then the largest survey of work by living sculptors in Britain. She was included in the British Art Show 5 in 2000 and represented Wales in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.
Selected solo shows include: Camden Arts Centre; Arnolfini, Bristol;The Royal Scottish Academy and Turner Contemporary, Margate.
Ford has permanent public sculptural works installed outside the Chancellor’s office in Stockholm; at the Bundesbank in Frankfurt; in the grounds of hospitals in Heidelberg and Southmeads, Bristol and outside the British Consulate in Ottawa. Her work is also represented in a number of public and private collections including: Tate; The Victoria and Albert Museum; Government Art Collection; National Museum of Wales; Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh; MoMA; University of Iowa; Arts Council of Great Britain; Contemporary Art Society;The New Art Gallery Walsall and Unilever.