Laura Donkers

Connecting people with ecology through art to captivate and inform towards more creative and sustainable ways to live. I specialise in strategic community engagement and behaviour-change projects that transform public perception of ecology and sustainability.

As a practice-led research artist, I make environmental works on paper, video, sound and sculpture. I also research, design, and lead outdoor arts workshops and projects that motivate the public to ‘get out into nature’. Collaborations with local communities and stakeholders promote ecological responsibility and sustainability through experiential learning and new modes of creative activity to put them back in touch with environment, community, and self.

Lives and works in the Outer Hebrides (Scotland) and Auckland (Aotearoa NZ)

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[1] ‘Nature is too big to understand – we are interested only in the part of nature on which we live – the thin skin – the ‘critical zone’. Bruno Latour presented on “From the Anthropocene to the New Climatic Regime” at the RCC Lunchtime Colloquium on Thursday, 8 December, 2016.

Published on Apr 18, 2017

Education

2021

Contemporary Curating in Art + Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.

2020

PhD Contemporary Art Practice, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. AHRC Creative Economies funded research entitled Deploying collaborative artistic co-creative methods to strategically promote eco-social regeneration for small island communities

2014

MFA Art Society and Publics, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

2011

BA Fine Art Honours (First Class) – UHI, Moray School of Art, Elgin

Exhibitions (Solo)

2019

RE- Generation, NorthArt, Northcote, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

2019

Meeting Ground, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre, North Uist UK

2017

Apparitions DJCAD, Dundee UK 2017: Monument Game Tournament Cultivating Perspectives on Landscape, St Andrews University UK

2017

Proposition for a Reading Group Stuff of Research, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow UK

2015

Proposition for a Reading Group Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre, North Uist UK

2014

Landship Public Art sculptural intervention for Dundee City Council, Magdalen Green, Dundee UK

Exhibitions( Group show)

2021

Touching Wood, ArtWeek Auckland, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Land Radius2, Dear 2050 Oceans on the Rise, Climanosco, Zurich, Switzerland

Land Radius, High Water 8.30-22.00 on 30.03.21. An online ‘celebration and vigil of the vernal spring tide’ with 60 artists from across the world.

2020

Wild Garden, Whenua Ūkaipō Connectedness 2020, a celebration of te taiao/the natural environment, the United Nations at 75, Public Trust Hall, Wellington, Aotearoa NZ

Entangle Edge and Surface, The Book as Art v8.0: Infinity. Decatur, Georgia, USA

2019

Path Drawing/Apparitions. Rock-Paper-Scissors. Expanded Drawing Exhibition, Circus Artspace, Inverness, UK

2017

Entangle Edge and Surface. In the Open, Sheffield Institute of Art, Sheffield, UK

Wasserwirtschaftliche (Water management). Spurensuche (Traces), Galerie am Kietz, Germany

2016

You are not outside. Weit Genug, Kulturzentrum Klosterkirche, Angermunde, Germany

Wall Paper Plant. Open Studios DRAWinternational Studio Exhibition, Caylus, Midi-Pyrennes, France

Worlding Place. Art and Geography Exhibition, CIG, St Patricks College DCU, Dublin

The Monument Game – Performance, Timespan, Helmsdale, Scotland

Vancouver Biennale I Have a Dream Global Art, Farming & Peace Project

2015

Tha mi a bruadair. Faith in Paris, Raising Farmers Voices in Paris, ‘Faith in Paris’ ArtCOP21

DRAWinternational Studio Exhibition, Caylus, Midi-Pyrennes, France

Proposition for a Reading Group, Performance, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre

2014

Land Radius. SSA Annual Exhibition, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

‘So much depends upon…’ Members Lounge, Scottish Parliament; The Tent Gallery,Edinburgh

Winter Salon, Timespan, Helmsdale

Land Radius, MFA Show, Cooper Gallery, Dundee

Landship, Public Art sculptural intervention, Dundee City Council, Dundee

2013

New Highland Graduates, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Inverness

Feat SBK, Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland

2012

Cove, Beach Hut, North Light, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Cuan Uhibist/The Secret Sea, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist

2011

Arteles Studios, Arteles Creative Center, 38490 Haukijarvi, Finland

Awards

2019

Artist-in-Residence Award Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities

2018

Visiting Doctoral Research Award Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities

2017

Creative Economies DTP Scholarship Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities | AHRC

2015

Creative Scotland/CNES Visual Arts & Crafts Award

Connected Communities Bursary – Writer and Travel Grant

2012

Creative Scotland/CNES Visual Arts & Crafts Award

Selected artist, North Light, Dunbar

2011

Creative Scotland – Investment Programme 4 Talent Development

Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust – Research Grant

Residencies

2022

La Wayaka Desert Residency, Atacama Desert, Chile

2019

Kaipātiki Project Environment Centre, North Shore, Auckland, NZ

2017

Kunstverein Schwedt e.V., Galerie am Kietz, Schwedt/Oder, Germany

2015/16

DRAW International, Artist-in-residence Oct ‘15, Jun ‘16, France

2013

Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Fort William

2012

North Light, Dunbar

2011/12

Cuan Uhibist (Secret Sea), Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre, North Uist

2011

Arteles Creative Centre, Hahmajarventie 26, 38490 Haukijarvi, Finland

Collaborations | Commissions

2014

Collaborating Artist – Vancouver Biennale ‘I Have a Dream’ Global Art, Farming & Peace Project

Collaborating Artist – So much depends upon… Nil By Mouth, Crichton Carbon Trust, Edinburgh

Commissioned Artist – ‘An fheadhainn tha laighe sàmhach’, (They lie silent and still) Comann Eachdraigh Uibhist a Tuath (North Uist Historical Society) WW1 Project

2011/13

Commissioned Artist – ‘Art and the Machair Project’ for MachairLife+

Academic Papers

2016

Slow Residency In A Taskscape: The Haunting Process Of Critical Reflection And Creative Experimentation Whilst Living In The Same Place As The People And Things I Study, “Being In Place” Conference (PLaCEInternational/Dundee) 2016

The Monument Game (2016) (Memory, Identity and Landscape – Geographical Perspectives, DCU, Dublin, Republic of Ireland)

2015

Wall-Paper-Plant: Putting Agential Realism into Practice (‘Matter Matters’ Symposium, Leeds University/Land2);

2014

How I found my way to the written word through visual art, (IAWIS/AIERTI 2014, published Philosophy Study, Vol. 4, No. 7, 2014, David Publishing, New York)

Reading Landscape: The Deception of Simplicity [MFA thesis]

2011

Cognition: Mind and Terrain [BFA thesis]