Laura Woodward has exhibited sculptural, kinetic installations for over ten years. She creates looped systems embodied in these installations, as well as drawings and animations. The systems, often powered by water, develop through the relationships between materials, movement, time and the artist’s hands, with the system’s inherent logic driving its emergence.
Woodward’s work has been nationally recognised through prizes, grants, public commissions, solo exhibitions and significant group exhibitions. She received Australia Council New Work Grants in 2010, 2013 and 2014, won the Agendo Prize for Emerging Artists in 2009, and won a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship in 2007. Solo exhibitions include Ararat Regional Gallery, 2015, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2013, and Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2010. Curated group exhibitions include Prime Movers, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds in 2017, Calling Percy at the Ian Potter Museum as part of the Melbourne International Festival in 2016, Composing Common Worlds, curated by Dr Kent Wilson, Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne, and the McClelland Sculpture Award, Langwarrin, Melbourne, in both 2007 and 2010. Woodward’s large-scale public works include the major commission Voices at Craigieburn Central in 2014, and Murmur at Docklands in 2017.