Laura Youngson Coll was born in Co. Durham in 1978 and currently lives and works in London.
Laura began her practice as a maker in fine art, completing her BA(Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture in 2001 and MA Sculpture at The Royal College of Art in 2004. The making process has always been an integral part of her work, but came to the fore after an extensive time training and working with leatherworkers and bookbinders. For a number of years her practice became a working apprenticeship, learning traditional leatherwork skills and thus allowing the culmination of the 10,000 hours synonymous with skilled craft practice. In 2012, having gained a high level of technical knowledge, Laura decided to once more begin her own sculptural work. This new approach, using an in depth knowledge of material as a starting point, informs her emerging practice as a contemporary maker.
Laura has exhibited widely including Thinking the Unthinkable-Against Nature at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, New Romantics, The Hospital and Paul Smith, Covent Garden in 2005, and The Miniature Worlds Show, Jerwood Space, London in 2006, which she co-curated.
In her current practice Laura presented a paper ‘Bespoke Vellum: Some Unusual Requests’ at Archaeological Leather Group, Archaeology Department, University College London and was guest speaker at The Institute of Leather Technologies, University of Northampton. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the Cockpit Arts/Leathersellers Award and in 2013 was a commissioned artist in Make the Most, Barrington Court an initiative of Craftspace, Somerset Artworks and The National Trust. In 2014 Laura exhibited at SIT Selected 2014 at Newark Park and was the winner of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Award with her first solo show at Contemporary Applied Arts. In 2015 Laura exhibited with Contemporary Applied Arts at Collect and was a commissioned artist at the National Trust Garden, Biddulph Grange in ‘Dangerous Discoveries’.
Laura was selected for the Jerwood Makers Open 2017. The exhibition opens at the end of June at the Jerwood Space, London and will then tour (venues to be confirmed).