Layla Curtis (b.1975, UK) studied at Chelsea College of Art (2000) and Edinburgh College of Art (1998). Her practice has a focus on place, landscape and mapping. Her multi-form work examines the attempts we make to chart the earth, how we locate ourselves, navigate space and represent terrain. She explores the ways in which we perceive, make use of and interact with the spaces we inhabit. Often she seeks to understand place by examining its connections with elsewhere.
Her work, included in collections such as the Tate Collection, The New Art Gallery Walsall collection and the Government Art Collection, is exhibited widely and has been included in exhibitions such as Living History at Tate Modern, London, UK, and the Hayward National Touring Exhibition, You’ll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference. Solo exhibitions include those at Spacex, Exeter (2013); Matt’s Gallery, London (2012); Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2008); The New Art Gallery Walsall (2006); Gimpel Fils, London (2006); and Milton Keynes Gallery (2000). International exhibitions include those at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing, France; Pavilhão Lucas Nogueira Garcez-Oca in São Paulo, Brazil; and Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada.
Commissions and residencies include: the Great North Run Moving Image Commission (2014), which led to a solo exhibition at The Gallery, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle (2015); an Arts Council England International Fellowship to Antarctica (2005/6); and commissions by Film & Video Umbrella, Art on the Underground and Turner Contemporary. Curtis was artist in residence at Akiyoshidai International AV, Japan and selected for the Artangel Open Longlist 2014.