Laura Keeble

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Laura Keeble (born 1977) is a British artist. She uses interventionist and subversive strategies to create pauses in perception and question societal norms. "Unfunded and unsanctioned, Laura Keeble’s work is a grassroots action of sorts; it is an art that invites civic participation and a perhaps even a little harmless disobedience."[1] Keeble currently lives and works in Southend On Sea.


Born in Mile End, London, Keeble attended Valance Primary School, London Borough Of Barking and Dagenham; Westborough Primary School, Westcliff On Sea, and Prittlewell High school. Keeble earned a BA(Hons) in Fine Art at Essex University.


As a student, Keeble began to install and document uncommissioned interventions in public and corporate-owned spaces, quickly gaining notoriety for her anti-establishment installation of Queen Victoria's Hands.[2] In 2007 Keeble continued her site-specific practice with a parody of Damien Hirst's work For the love of God in which she created a replica of this artwork using a plastic medical model skull with 6522 Swarovski crystals, and left discarded with a pile of rubbish bags outside the White Cube gallery the day after Hirsts' Beyond Belief had closed.[3] It was then exhibited in Lazerides Gallery, Newcastle.

Idol Worship (2007) explored the commercialism of branding in the context of a sculptural obituary.[4] Keeble then exhibited in "Trespass Alliance" with the Andipa Gallery, London, with D*Face, Jose Parlour, Parla, Swoon, Slinkachu WK Interact and Charles Krafft. Idol Worship was published in "Urban Interventions", a site-specific focused publication.

Further reading[edit]

  • Urban Interventions, Eds R. Klanten, M. Huebner, March 2010 ISBN 978-3-89955-291-1
  • Trespass. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, Carlo McCormick, Marc and Sara Schiller, Ethel Seno, November 2010, ISBN 978-3-8365-0964-0
  • Beyond The Street. The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, Patrick Nguyen, Stuart Mackenzie, April 2010 ISBN 978-3-89955-290-4
  • Art and Agenda. Political Art and Activism, Editors R. Klanten, M. Hübner, A. Bieber, P. Alonzo, G. Jansen, April 2011 ISBN 978-3-89955-342-0
  • Safety Helmets Must Be Worn, Editor Madelaine Murphy, Estuarine Press, May 2011, ISBN 978-0-9559226-2-6


  1. ^ Moore, Cindy Stockton. "Anti-monument: Laura Keeble's Street Sculpture". Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  2. ^ Blaakman, Steven (22 May 2007). "Laura holds hand up to Queen Vic stunt". Echo. Newsquest. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  3. ^ Drumm, Perrin (28 May 2010). "Laura Keeble: Urban intervention". Sundance channel. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Magazine: April/May 2008". Damn Magazine. April 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2011.

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