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Life and Work
Growing up in a travelling fairground family to the age of sixteen and attended Stonar School in Wiltshire. Studying at Bath Academy of Art (1978–82), whilst spending a term at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She was invited to take part in the annual New Contemporaries at Institute of Contemporary Arts(1982). Ford has lived and worked in London since 1982 since studying at Chelsea School of Art (1982–83).
Ford is unique in having became identified with the New British Sculpture movement from her participation in the 1983 survey exhibition The Sculpture Show at Serpentine Gallery and The Hayward, as well as participating in British Art Show 5 in 2000.
Marcello Spinelli wrote (British Art Show 5) ‘Ford’s creatures are faithful representations of fantasy and, at times, a nightmarish imagination. With their bitter-sweet, menacing and endearing qualities, her stuffed animals and dolls appeal to childhood memories and inhabit a world we immediately recognize as somewhat familiar.’[this quote needs a citation] Her work is represented in many public collections including; Tate, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Government Art Collection, Potteries Museum, National Museums and Gallery of Wales; Museum of Modern Art, University of Iowa; Arts Council of Great Britain;Contemporary Art Society; Unilever plc; Penguin Books; Oldham Art Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, The Meijier Gardens, Grand Rapids USA and The Gateway Foundation, St. Louis.
She has exhibited widely including; Solo, '2012 Days of Judgment', Kulturzentrum Englische Kirche und Galerie Scheffel, Bad Homburg and The New Art Centre, Roche Court, UK, 2011 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI, USA, 2007, 'Rag and Bone', Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2006 'Armour Boys', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2004, 'Wreckers', Beaconsfield, London, 2003, Ford ‘Headthinkers’, Houldsworth Gallery, Cork Street. 2002, 'The Great Indoors', Salamanca Centre of Contemporary Art, Spain, 1998, Camden Arts Centre, London (with Jacqui Poncelet) Group 2011 with Magdalena Abakanowicz, at the Industriemuseum Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Bocholt, Germany, 2005, Venice Biennale for Wales, 2004 'Into My World: Recent British Sculpture', Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut, USA, with Matt Franks, Roger Hiorns, James Ireland, Jim Lambie, and Mike Nelson.
Laura Ford lives and works in Camden alongside her husband, the sculptor Andrew Sabin and their three children.
- 2014 Southmeads Hospital Bristol,
- 2012 University Hospital Heidelberg Germany,
- 2009 City Stockholm, Sweden,
- 2007 'Look Ahead', Short Term Housing Project,
- 2006 ‘Weeping Girls’ Jupiter Artland,
- 2002 Swiss Cottage Children’s Library, London,
- 2001-02 Swiss Cottage Children’s Library, London
- 1998 British High Commission, Ottawa
- 1997 Surrey Docks/Dockland Development Agency
- 1993 'Chiltern Sculpture Trail', Oxford
- 1989-90 West Bromwich Town Centre, WBC/PADT
'Armour Boys', (installed at Sculpture in Pilane, Sweden) 2006
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