About this Speaker
Lara Thoms is a Melbourne based artist working across social engaged, site-specific and participatory fields. From 2014-2016 Lara received a Creative Australia Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts to explore these fields. Lara was also recently shortlisted for the Victorian Creative State commissions to artistically reimagine the death industry.
As an artistic associate of both Aphids and Field Theory, Lara has recently worked on ICON- a large -scale public art project utilising the new Federation Square Screen, and is soon to premiere The Director, a performance in collaboration with a funeral director at ArtsHouse. All of her projects sit within the common theme of reconsidering social hierarchies, highlighting the unexpected and being politically responsive to site. Other recent work includes Before The Siren (2017), a large-scale public artwork exploring how women gather socially, politically and recreationally across generations for Perth International Arts Festival; 9000 Minutes (2016) a live broadcast by Field Theory from Queen Victoria Markets as part of the inaugural Public Art Melbourne Biennale Lab, Lara’s solo and collaborative projects include work shown with Liquid Architecture, Gertrude Glasshouse, Next Wave, Substation, Melbourne Art Fair and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). As an artistic associate with Aphids, Lara’s inter-disciplinary collaborative projects have been presented at PICA, Brisbane Powerhouse, Dromana Drive In, Malthouse Theatre, Artshouse and Performance Space.