Curatorial development in Scotland

Laura Simpson

Laura completed an MFA at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in 2003. Following this she was involved with the artist-led group Generator, latterly as the Chairperson. During this period she managed and curated many on and off-site projects with local and international artists as well as working on building links with other artist-groups throughout Europe.

In 2007 Laura was appointed as Assistant Curator at Exhibitions, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, where she works on a diverse, critically engaged exhibition and event programme involving students, staff and invited artists across four galleries including the Cooper Gallery.

Laura was involved in the early stages of the VAGA International Research Enquiry (VIRE) as part of her role on the Visual Art and Galleries Association Scotland Development Group (until 2010) and is a Board Member for Fife Contemporary Art & Craft.

Between 2009 and 2010 Laura led a 15 month art and engagement project, Nine Trades of Dundee, commissioning nine UK artists with second non-art trades to make work in workplaces across Dundee which was co-devised with Jenny Brownrigg.

Recently, in 2012, Laura has initiated a new research project which aims to make a record of artist activity in Dundee over the period 1995 – 2012.

Laura also continues to develop independent curation and writing projects, archived at