Q&A - Laura Turner, Senior Curator at York Art Gallery


With only one week left to reach our target, we quiz senior curator and driving force behind the campaign, Laura Turner, on why she wants to bring Leisure Land Golf to our Artists Garden.

1. How long have you been working at York Art Gallery and what do you like most about your role?

I’ve been here for almost nine years. What I love about my role is that no two days are the same, and of course getting to see amazing art works up close and meeting inspiring artists.

2. Could you tell us about your background?

I grew up in Derbyshire and always loved history and visiting museums as a child with my family – though we tended to mainly visit aviation museums! A school work placement at my local museum in Ilkeston cemented this love of museums and with this in mind I studied History and History of Art at the University of Hull.

After studying for an MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester I got my first job as a Curatorial Assistant at the Salt Museum in Cheshire. From there, I moved to Scarborough Museums and then to the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull before coming to York in 2008.

3. How did you discover Leisure Land Golf and why did you want to bring it to York?

Our Chief Executive Reyahn King had played Leisure Land Golf when it was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale and suggested we should look at it. As soon as I saw the images and read more, I knew it would be a wonderful project for York.

It’s such an interesting idea to fuse crazy golf with artworks by internationally important artists, and looks at contemporary issues that explore serious and timely concerns.

4. What can visitors look forward to at the gallery if the campaign is a success?

An amazing crazy golf course created by international contemporary artists in a beautiful and secluded setting in the heart of York - what's not to love!

5. What has it been like to meet and work with the installation's creator, Doug Fishbone?

Meeting Doug has been wonderful. He’s so enthusiastic, fun and full of great ideas. As soon as he saw the garden at the back of the gallery he said it was the perfect space for Leisure Land Golf and we couldn’t agree more!

6. Do you have a favourite of the golf holes and why?

I love Yinka Shonibare’s Football Cloud. Visually it’s a fascinating work comprised of a mushroom cloud of footballs made from African textiles. I love the fact that it’s a golf hole exploring issues around football!

7. If you could give one great reason for people to donate, what would it be?

Leisure Land Golf is such an innovative and fun art project, I really hope we can bring it to York this summer, but we can only do that with your help, so please donate!

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