Wolverhampton School of Art

Miss Laura Onions

Lecturer Fine Art

Laura Onions
Email address: L.J.Onions@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323454 Location: George Wallis Building Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Est. 1851 Areas of expertise: Fine Art, Art Education


I am an artist and educator based in the West Midlands. I make work to investigate the relationship between the formal, visual qualities of writing and the disruption of meaning in text. A consideration of how new patterns of meaning are generated and are always incomplete or changeable. This is reflective of my attitude towards education – the continual co-emergence of making, thinking and learning which is inherently connected to material mattering and ‘doing.’

Research interests

  • Feminist approaches to education
  • Diffractive methodologies
  • New models for art writing and practice
  • Notational space in print and painting
  • Community engaged practice
  • Feminine approaches to writing in academia


  • MA Arts and Education, Birmingham City University
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education (M Level)
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wolverhampton


Selected external papers and conferences:

  • ‘cutting-together-apart’, New Models of Art Writing in the Art School, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2017.
  • ‘Finding Knowledge and Using it,’ Foundations of a creative curriculum, BALTIC, Newcastle, 2017.
  • ‘Abstract,’ Drawing conference, International Journal of Art and Design Education, University of Chester, 2016.
  • ‘At the Edge of Vulnerability and Precarity,’ National Association for Fine Art Education, Cumbria University, 2016.
  • ‘Transitions out of Art School,’ contribution to Q-Arts publication on professional practice, 2016.

Experience in industry

  • Gallery assistant, Grand Union, Digbeth, Birmingham, 2014 – present.
  • Artist/researcher for ‘Maker Centric,’ AHRC funded community situated project, 2017.
  • Micro-bursary award recipient, funding to travel to Kassel, Germany, 2017.
  • Shortlisted - lecturer of the year, student union awards, 2017.
  • Artist talks and Workshops (Ikon Gallery, National Saturday Art Club, Worcester Arts Centre, Millennium Point, Grand Union).
  • Art exhibitions, group (Wolverhampton, Nottingham, London).
  • Curating (West Midlands).
  • Co-founder of ‘Temple Street Studios,’ collective studio group in Wolverhampton, 2016.

Further information