Rain on the Godly Plain, 2017, lime, chalk, charcoal, rocks site specific ephemeral work, Tusmore Park.

Laura Wills

Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Mixed Media, Outdoor, Painting, Public Art, Recycled, Sculpture, Textiles, Wall work

Laura Wills is a visual artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. She has an expanded approach to her practice, involving collaboration, ethics, participation and community-based projects. Wills is interested in the social context of art and ecological art projects, exploring themes such as travel, shelter, the environment, mapping and food issues.

With a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design from Adelaide Centre of the Arts, she practices a diverse range of media from painting, drawing and photography to installation, media arts and community projects. A highlight for Wills has been the opportunity to create a sand drawing on Port Willunga beach as part of the public programs for the 2015 Tour Down Under. Wills says, “After months of planning and trials, with a team of workers on the day, it was a great lesson of impermanence to watch the 100m drawing wash away at the end of the day. It wasn't an object I was creating to be looked after, rather an experience to engage with and enjoy.”

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Solo Exhibitions

2017, Tending, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2016, Floodlands, Walkway Art Gallery, Bordertown South Australia
2010, Bismania, Adelaide Festival Centre in partnership with the 2010 OZ Asia Festival
2010, Reno, FELTspace, Adelaide, collaborative project with William Cheesman
20120, There in Time, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2009, View of a View, Cultural Gallery, Port Augusta
2009, Prospecting, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2007, parkside nomadic group, Project Space, Contemporary Art Centre South Australia
2006, giving and receiving, Carclew Youth Arts Centre, Adelaide

Group Exhibitions

2017, Four Decades- Six Artists, FRAN Festival Exhibition, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
2017, Island Home, Adelaide Airport
2016, Covenant of the Animals, Murray Bridge Regional Gallery
2015, Mad For, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
2014, Historia, Adelaide Town Hall
2013, Their Shadows in Us, Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery
2012, Melbourne Art Fair with Hill Smith Gallery, Melbourne
2008, cellar sweatshop, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide

Selected Projects and Public Art

2017, Creek Lore, with Open Space Contemporary Art
2017, Finders Sharers, with Open Space Contemporary Art
2017, Dig and Delve, permanent work for Hendrie St Reserve
2016, Growing Coonalpyn, project artist, Creating Coonaplyn
2016, The Beast, with Tutti Arts, OzAsia Festival
2015, Project artist, Cardboard Challenge, Charles Campbell College, Come Out Children’s Festival
2015, Wheels in Flight, sand drawing, Port Willunga beach
2015, Turning In, Collaboration with Will Cheesman, Waite Meterological Station
2015, Drawing works for the New Royal Adelaide Hospital
2015, Lace Fence Design, Mt Gambier, Public Art at the Rail


2017, Finalist, SALA Contemporary Art Prize
2015, First prize, Tatiara Art Prize
2015, Finalist, Whyalla Art Prize
2011, First prize, Fleurieu Art Prize, Fluerieu vista category
2010, Finalist, Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Sydney
2009, Nominated for Qantas Art Prize
2008, Best visual arts exhibition for a collective, Adelaide Fringe
2004, First prize, South Australian Youth Environment Art


2015, Suzie Keen, Art Integral to the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, Indaily.com.au, November
2010, Harry Thring, Mapping Calm, Slowing Haste, Independently Weekly, 10 July
2007, Stephanie Radok, Adelaide artists take to the world, Adelaide Review, July Issue


2017, 6 week Residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia
2015, 4-week Artist in residence Adelaide Central Markets
2012, 4-week residency at Bundanon Trust, NSW with William Cheesman
2009, 12-week Laughing Waters Artist-in-Resident program, Eltham Victoria
2008, 4-week Grindell’s Hut residency through Country Arts SA and National Parks
2007, 6-week residency at Sanskriti Foundation, New Dehli, India
2007, 8-week residency at to be continued project space Vienna, Austria

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Pictured is the Ngangkiparri/Onkaparinga River.

Laura Wills | Sauerbier House residency

19 Apr 2018

Laura Wills is the inaugural Sauerbier House residence linked to the Resilient South Climate Change partnership. During her residency in April/June she will collaborate with the Sustainability Team at Onkaparinga Council, using the councils mapping data such as the urban heat mapping, flood mapping and 3D coastal modelling. Laura will use this data to explore ideas of ritual, travel and mapping to create new drawing and site-specific ephemeral installation works.

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Laura Wills collaboration with James Tylor, detail ‘Hidden Landscape’, finalist in the Fleurieu Art Prize

Fleurieu Art Prize 2018 finalists

17 Apr 2018

The finalists for the 2018 2018 Fleurieu Art Prize have been announced! Congratulations to Well Made practitioners Fran Callen, Adele Dubarry, Dana Kinter, Laura Wills and Tom Phillips.

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Laura Wills, Fall, 2016

Laura Wills | Hahndorf Academy Adelaide Hills Arts Prize

14 Nov 2017

Congratulations Laura Wills on winning the Hahndorf Academy Adelaide Hills Arts Prize for your work ‘Fall’.

This is a new arts prize for 2017 to celebrate the Adelaide Hills region. Artists were invited to engage with and to interpret their experience of the region and the diversity of the landscape, the natural, rural or urban and the every-changing seasons.

$2000 was awarded to the work judged best of the exhibition.

Exhibition shows until Sunday 10 December.

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