Laura Bucci is an interdisciplinary artist working within a dialogical art practice as a mode of inquiry into togetherness and belonging (previously lonelinesss and belonging). Her projects unfold in galleries, cafes, on the street, in nature, and online and have taken the shape of informal interviews, unstructured and facilitated group conversations, service-oriented acts, and skill sharing gatherings. Through her work she seeks to disrupt the everyday and to make connections with the public through planned and unplanned encounters. She is currently a candidate in the MA in Art Education at NSCAD. She practiced in Coast Salish Territory in BC and currently in Mi’kmaw territory in Nova Scotia.
2024 MAAE Candidate (Community-Based Practice Stream), NSCAD, Halifax
2013 Art Education Courses, UBC, Vancouver
2012 Art for Social Change with Drs. Judith Marcuse and Lynn Fels, SFU, Vancouver
1992 BFA, NSCAD, Halifax
Exhibitions, Projects, Curatorial
The Pasta Project (ongoing), various locations and formats, NS
Community of Practice: Create/Activate/Extend, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
Research Notes: Loneliness and belonging through the eye of an artist, a weekly newsletter of essays, interviews, and audio recordings, Vancouver (since 2021)
Fraser River Walks, Paneficio/AMP Studio Window Gallery, Vancouver (solo)
Fraser River Walks, a group walk, creative activity, and conversations along the Fraser River, Vancouver
Measures of Absence, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness, NS
Members’ Show, Access Gallery, Vancouver
Together: Communities of Healing, The Hatch Art Gallery, Vancouver
inter.action, Studio Lab Gallery, New Glasgow, NS (duo)
Eudaimonia, Corridor Gallery, Halifax, NS (solo)
2018 Book Matters, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Inverness, NS
2017 Directions for the Mind, Parking Spot Projects, Vancouver (solo)
Cultivate a Spot, Library Window Gallery, Emily Carr University, Vancouver (solo)
Cultivate a Spot, foyer of Studio 1398, Vancouver (solo)
Not Sent Letters & Guests, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver
Cultivate a Spot, an intervention at a telephone booth, documentation produced in the form of mail art postcards and a publication (see line below), Vancouver
A study in community interactions, self-published publication, Vancouver Art/Book Fair and the Friendly Book Fair, ECUAD, Vancouver
Health Information Bulletin: 2010HLS0035-000768, poster intervention at three medical clinics in East Vancouver, Vancouver
Cause & Effect, zine series, Vancouver Art/Book Fair, Vancouver
2014 #sthgotherthanaselfie, Instagram intervention March 9-15
Memory, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond
The Minimum Wage, temporary installations of a craftivist project at public spaces in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, Vancouver
This is where I go, international themed mail art exhibit, Britannia Art Gallery, Vanc. (role: curator)
Here Today, Britannia Art Gallery, Vancouver (duo)
Today and Tomorrow, Art Association of Bad Aibling, Bad Aibling, Germany
Mayworks, Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo
2010 Culture Crawl at the PNE, Vancouver
1999 Fix, Stoodeo Gallery, Vancouver
1996 Architecture Now and Then, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver
1995 The Body, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver
1994 Full Frame, Exposure Gallery, Vancouver
1992 Nothing Personal, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS (solo)
Awards & Residencies
2022 Entrance Scholarship, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
2020 Entrance Scholarship, Emily Carr College of Art & Design
2019 Residency, Alchemy, Hillier, Ontario (devoted to exploring the synergy between artistic practice and the cooking and sharing of locally grown food in a community setting)
1991 Scholarship, Emily Carr University of Art & Design; Financial Award, BC Ministry of Education and Culture
Presentations & Artist Talks
Bucci, L. (2023, March 23-25). Teach anything and community mapping. In Building togetherness and reciprocity as quiet resistance [Symposium]. 10th Biannual Provoking Curriculum Conference, London, ON, Canada.
Fraser River Projects, an online collaborative presentation with artist Laurance Playford-Beaudet, CARFAC BC
Measures of Absence, artist talk, Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Nova Scotia
inter.action, artist talk, Studio Lab Gallery, New Glasgow, NS
Cultivate a Spot, artist talk, Studio 1398, Vancouver
2013 The Language of Art, Pecha Kucha Richmond Vol.2, organized by Richmond Art Gallery, Cinevolution’s Your Kontinent Media Arts & Film Festival and Richmond Public Art, Richmond
Artist connects the yarns of conversation, The Advocate, March 6 2019: 4. Print.
Sokol, Dawn DeVries, comp. A World of Artist Journal Pages. New York, NY: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2015. Print. (includes 7 of my art journal pages)
Smith, Janet. “Five Cool Crawl Finds to Tempt Wanderers.” The Georgia Straight [Vancouver] 25 Nov. 2010: 50. Print.
“Look out for Laura Bucci at the East Side Culture Crawl.” Web log post. Scout Magazine. Scout Publishing Inc., 9 Nov. 2010. Web.
Art-related Published Writing
Casting on, doing good, This Magazine, March/April: 39. Print.
Member Profile – Ron Bazar, Craft Contacts, Craft Association of BC, June/July/Aug: 1. Print.
Wild Fire: Art as Activism, Book Review, Herizons Magazine, Spring: 47. Print.
Whatcha mean, what’s a zine?, Book Review, Shameless Magazine, Fall/Winter: 44. Print.
Andrew Bell – Motorwerks 3: Sinister Refinements, Exhibition Review, Artichoke, Summer: 50-51. Print.
Ongoing | Grant Writer for artists and arts organizations (since 2014)
Board Member, Fundraising, Outsiders & Others Arts Society, Vancouver
Programming, Membership & Communications Coordinator, CARFAC BC, Vancouver
Coordinator & Facilitator of CARFAC BC’s Program Zoom Coffee Break Conversations, BC
Online Teaching Assistant, Foundation Interdisciplinary Studies Course, ECUAD, Vancouver
Selection Committee Member, Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, ECUAD, Vanc.
Juror, Richmond Public Art Program, Richmond
Organizing Member for Emily Carr University students & alumni participation at the Vancouver Art/Book Fair, Vancouver
Workshop instructor (from 2010) in cross-stitching, craftivism, mail art, collage, image transfer techniques, and drawing: Richmond Art Gallery, Vancouver Draw Down, Britannia Community Centre, West Point Gray Academy, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Artful Sundays, Stone Soup Festival, The Word On The Street, Joy Kogawa House.
Arts & Culture Committee Member (from 2009), Britannia Community Services Society, Vanc.
Project Assistant & Selection Committee Member for a micro-fund, Britannia Community Services Society, Vancouver