© Fuchsia Linsley 2018

I am a creative nonfiction writer. In the last year I've returned to more personal forms of writing, wanting to articulate my mental health experiences using descriptions of colours, shapes, and patterns. My work has been featured by The Guardian, Yoga International, TEXT Journal, Cambridge University Museums, and The Polyphony, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio. I'm currently working on a research project with the Wellcome Collection on the medication lithium carbonate, as well as funding for my PhD in Creative and Critical Writing which I hope to commence later this year. I've been generously supported through awards and grants including those from the Gane Trust and The Alice Combes Trust. I am a funded member of Lapidus International, an association which aims to promote and connect those working in the field of words for wellbeing, and a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education).

I have a master's in Film Studies and a bachelor's in History of Art. My theoretical work on film is becoming increasingly centred around ecotheoretical approaches to cinema: how moving images can be used to further progressive environmental action. I am currently working on an experimental essay in which I imagine a hallucinogenic conversation between myself and all the fungi in the world, as narrated by Brie Larson in the documentary Fantastic Fungi (2019). My master’s essay, '"A passage from the finite to the infinite"—sharing the experience of free-diving in Martina Amati’s Under (2015)', became the catalyst for Amati’s third staging of the Wellcome Trust-funded installation Under at Messums Wiltshire (see below). I have won several awards for my academic writing, including a Graduate Tutor's Prize for Distinction as well as a College Prize for a Degree in the First Class. I've had multiple field trips financed (one to the Academy Awards Archive in Los Angeles), by private research grants.  

I previously worked as a curator for the contemporary art gallery Messums (London and Wiltshire), specialising in photography and film. In that capacity, I organised over fifty exhibitions, events, and pop-ups. In 2018, I curated the gallery’s inaugural photography exhibition, 'IMAGE', which showcased a range of artists including Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, Norman Parkinson, Mick Rock, Juno Calypso, Maisie Cousins, and Anna Fox. My essay, 'Celebrity, Vanity, Mythology: A Forecast for Photography', introduced the exhibition catalogue and was republished as part of the gallery's 'The Long Read' lockdown series. In 2019, I curated Messums' first film exhibition (part of the wider 'IMAGE' show); Amati's Under was monumentally projected onto a diving platform suspended from the wooden beams of the medieval 140ft barn. In addition to my writing, I work as a yoga teacher and life-model.

© Laura Grace Simpkins 2021