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Carol Laidler

Carol Laidler’s practice is located in the crack between writing and visual art. It is an exploration of the different ways this might be manifested. Working with writing, spoken word, sound, photography and moving image, her site-specific installations highlight the tensions between an inner personal space and the multiple voices that constitute the outer world. By working collaboratively, weaving together ideas and words from and with others, the work challenges notions of the single narrative and emphasizes possibilities of knowledge within conversation and connection.
Studio at Spike Island, Bristol. Member of: Space Place Practice, Bath Spa University; Network for Narrative Inquiry, University of Bristol; alldaybreakfast artist collective; Spike Associates; Bricks.

Worked on documentaries for Channel 4, with Steel Bank Films and Sheffield Film Coop, before setting up Iris Photography Agency based at Untitled Gallery (now Site gallery). Moved to Cologne in 1990 where she developed a practice of ephemeral installation.

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Installation in a municipal beach hut on Dawlish Warren, books, map, walk,
2016, made with Pat Jamieson.
“Fin whale
juvenile female
Beached – Dawlish 29.09.16
Umbilical cord still attached
It doesn’t appear to be a ship strike
It doesn’t appear to be an entanglement”
The Beach hut contained two deckchairs, a book of photographs and writing
from Flight, a book of photographs of a beached whale washed up on the
neighbouring beach while we were there and a map that guided the viewer to
two other points along the spit: Hide, where we wrote words on the blackboard
each day and Sanctuary, where we’d nailed individual words embossed in copper
onto a row of groynes coming up out of the sand:
– we – are – here – claiming – sanctuary –
This site-responsive work raises questions about migration, ownership and
territory, who is hiding and who or what is being protected.


  • MAFineArt, UWE, 2013.
  • BAFineArt, Sheffield Hallam University, (Distinction) 1983.



  1. In Free Fall, sculpture and sound installation, with Huma Mulji, David Alesworth, Eilis Kirby, Sarah, Rhys, Centre of Gravity, Gardiner Haskins Building, 2020
  2. Every few Hours Someone Cries, sound installation, in Glenside Hospital Museum, alldaybreakfast, 2020
  3. Soundings, sound and sculptural installation, with alldaybreakfast and Edson Burton, St Mary Redcliffe Church, 2018
  4. The Bulletins of Miscellaneous Information, sound installation in collaboration with David Alesworth, in Lawrence Gardens, Lahore Art Biennial, 2018
  5. Changing Rooms, site-specific sound installation, with Pat Jamieson, in Primordial Soup, Cleveland Pools, at Fringe Arts Bath, 2017
  6. Unlocked, site-specific promenade performance at Glenside Hospital Museum, written and produced by alldaybreakfast, directed and devised by theatre director Lily McLeish with actors, 2017
  7. Naming of Parts, drawings in chalk, with Pat Jamieson, Unlocked exhibition, The Vestibules, Bristol City Hall, 2017, and The Unit, Arcade, Bristol, 2016
  8. Every Few Hours Someone Cries, sculptural installation with Pat Jamieson, Unlocked exhibition, The Vestibules, Bristol City Hall, 2017, and The Unit, Arcade, Bristol, 2016
  9. Touched, writings and images, Unlocked exhibition, The Vestibules, Bristol City Hall, 2017, and The Unit, Arcade, Bristol, 2016
  10. Beached, site-specific installation, in collaboration with Pat Jamieson, in a Municipal Beach Hut at Dawlish Warren, 2016
  11. Holy Souls, site specific installation, with alldaybreakfast, Fringe Arts Bath festival. 2014
  12. Full Of Empty, installation and performance, with alldaybreakfast, The Galleries, Bristol, 2013
  13. Footfalls, Sculptural and sound installation, The Galleries, Bristol. 2013
  14. Open, installation, with Pat Jamieson, Room212, Bristol, 2012
  15. Watermarked, walk, performance, River Frome, installation Stapleton Road Tavern, in collaboration with Pat Jamieson, 2012
  16. Pleasure Pier, installation, Weymouth Pleasure Pier, and exhibition, The Galleries, Bristol, in collaboration with Pat Jamieson, 2012

  1. Mosquito Song, sculpture, shown in Spike Print Studios exhibition, 2019
  2. Tide Turns, moving image, Liquidscapes conference, Dartington Hall, 2018
  3. Cut Up, Tate Exchange, with Spike Associates, 2018
    Words, Tate Exchange, with Spike Associates, 2017
  4. Concrete Evidence, installation with performance and moving image, with alldaybreakfast, Plymouth Art Weekender, 2015
  5. We’ll always have Amsterdam, The Human Book, Parlour Showrooms, Bristol, 2013
  6. Footfalls, Walking in the City; Mapping Borders exhibition, Parlour Showrooms, Bristol, 2012

  1. The Time Machine, a group installation across time with 12 invited artists, curated by alldaybreakfast, at FringeArtsBath, performances and moving image
  2. Drawn, curated by alldaybreakfast, in the Galleries, Bristol, 2014
  3. Very Small Literary Festival, Selected group show with writing workshops and reading performance evening, curated by alldaybreakfast The Galleries, Bristol. 2013
  4. IllusoriaMente, exhibition, Torre di Sulis, Alghero, Sardinia, curated in association with European Conference of Visual Perception, 2012
  5. Small Science, exhibition, Room204, Bristol, 2010

  1. Walking Not Walking, performance talk, with Davina Kirkpatrick, New Movements Conference, Plymouth University, 2019. Selected for Flat Pack Film Festival, Birmingham 2020. Presented to Narrative Inquiry Network, University of Bristol, 2020
  2. | Bank | performance talk, with Carolyn Black, Liquidscapes conference, Dartington Hall, 2018
  3. Interlude 1, if:book residency with Chris Meade, Hattie Coppard and Sally Davies, Walberswick, 2018
  4. Unlocked, alldaybreakfast residency, Glenside Hospital Museum, funded by Arts council and Bristol City Council, 2016 – 2017
  5. Flight, performance talk, with Pat Jamieson, Language, Landscape and the Sublime, Dartington Hall, 2016
  6. Waterline, installation walk and performance talk with Pat Jamieson, for Exeter Royal Geographical Society Conference, Exeter, 2015
  7. Watermarked, performance talk with Pat Jamieson, Walking in the City; Mapping Borders, Parlour Showrooms, Bristol, 2012
  8. Ongoing projects (postponed due to Covid19)
  9. The Haunting, alldaybreakfast exhibition at Ty Gallery, Hay on Wye,
  10. (the distance) Between Us, installation in a telephone box, Canopy, Forest of Dean.

  1. Artful Collaborative Inquiry: making and writing creative qualitative research – published by Routledge, contributor and editor of 3 chapters, 2020
  2. Liquidscapes – published by artdotearth, contributor, 2019

  1. Walking/writing workshop for Spike Art-Writing Group, 2019
  2. Japanese Masks, alldaybreakfast workshop at Bristol Museum, Museum at Night
  3. Real Like Lines, drop in (type)writing workshop, Spike Open Studios. 2019
  4. Masking Identity, workshop at Bristol Museum, Museum at Night 2018
  5. Walking/writing workshop, Spike Island – I am making Art program 2017
  6. Series of creative writing and memory workshops at Glenside Hospital Museum as part of Unlocked residency 2016 -17
  7. Writing workshop, Very Small Literary Festival, alldaybreakfast, Bristol, 2015

Carol Laidler, studio 79, Spike Island