Laura Wills is an Adelaide-based multi-disciplinary visual artist. Laura employs contemporary art to explore social and environmental themes through the innovative use of found materials, collaborative processes and community-based projects. Having the fortunate occasion to work as an artist in schools on a variety of circumstances has provided Laura the opportunity to develop new creative programs, deliver workshops in a school environment and share her professional practice with students. Laura is passionate and motivated to communicate her passion for environmental awareness thought the arts. During 2011 Laura was Wilderness School’s Artist in Resident and also completed Flying Fruit, an Artist in Schools project with Carclew at Sturt Street Community School.
The Flying Fruit project was a community arts project about the creative transportation of fruits and vegetables. The students learnt new digital drawing processes using computer pen tablets. This new technology gave the students an opportunity to use professional media arts equipment in creative ways. Alongside investigating these new skills, the students conceptually explored their favourite fruits/ vegetables and valuable information about their transportation or “Food Miles” along the way
From the outset Laura was passionate, committed and an outstanding professional. She effectively communicated her ideas to staff and students in Years 3-7 researching the word "harvest", investigating topics relating to local food issues, and understanding of new buzz terms such as food miles, food security, and food sovereignty.
With the students Laura explored how to visually portray these themes, introducing the students to the use of computer drawing tablets for the creation of artworks. It was a complex process where Laura developed students skills, encouraged risk- taking, listened to their ideas and guided their work. The project culminated in an exhibition during the SALA Festival. Again Laura displayed her connectivity to the community as she arranged for the exhibition to be launched at Wilson’s Organic Store in the city. All students have felt a great sense of pride seeing their artwork displayed in this public venue.
Pat Cardone, Principal Sturt Street School