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LAURA VECMANE

Laura Vecmane (b. 1982 Latvia)
Currently residing in Maleny, QLD Australia

Education/Art Studies

Professional development and mentorship with sculptor Janna Pameijer, 2021-2022
Kaya Sulc AIR Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, April 2021
AIR Janna Pameijer Ceramic Sculpture Studio, November 2020

Ephemeral Art Masterclass/Floating Land biennial, mentor Leonie Barton, 2019

Ephemeral Art Intensive “Collaborations With Nature”, mentor Shona Wilson, 2018


The Art Academy of Latvia, Master Of Fine Art/Painting, 2012
Vraa Hojskole, Analogue Photography Course, Denmark, 2009


The Art Academy of Latvia, Bachelor Of Fine Art/Painting, 2008
University of Castilia la Mancha, Faculty of Fine Arts, Spain, 2006 - 2007
The Christian Academy of Latvia, Altarpieces, Icons, Graphic Art, 2002 - 2004

Solo Exhibitions

2021 “Open Studios Sunshine Coast” Solo Pop-Up Gallery, Maleny, QLD

2017 “Inspirations” Lift Gallery, Maleny, QLD
2009 “Journey” Vraa Hojskole Art Hall, Denmark
2008 “Postcards and Deja - Vous” Latvian Society House, Sydney, NSW

2006 “From Poetry” Talsi District Museum, Talsi, Latvia

Group Exhibitions

2022 “LALC Finalist Exhibition”, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD
2022 “Open Studios Sunshine Coast”, shared exhibition with sculptor Janna Pameijer.

2021 “Let’s Play Wild” Project & Exhibition Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, QLD

2021 “LALC Finalist Exhibition”, Caloundra Regional Gallery, QLD
2021 “40 under 40 Exhibition” Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, QLD
2020 “Maleny Cream @ Butter Factory” Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, QLD
2020 “Sculpture on The Edge” Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, QLD
2020 “40 under 40 Exhibition” Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, QLD
2019 “Elemental” Graydon Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2019 “Ephemeral Art Trail” Floating Land biennial, Noosa, QLD

2019 “Sculpture on The Edge” Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, QLD
2019 “Compassion Exhibition”, Nambour Old Ambulance Gallery, Sunshine Coast, QLD

2018 “Unframed” Cool Art Gallery, Coolum, QLD
2018 “Sculpture On The Edge” Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, QLD
2017 “Sculpture on The Edge” Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, QLD
2017 “Maleny By Night” Palette Life Garden Cafe, Maleny, QLD
2017 “Forest Art Trail” Horizon Festival, Obi-Obi Board walk, Maleny QLD
2016 “L A L C” finalist exhibition, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra, QLD

2013 “Latvian Art comes to Scotland” Hema Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland
2012 “Graduation” 12 Star Gallery, London, England

2012 “Connection” Museum of Talsi District, Talsi, Latvia

2009 “Unbearable Freedom” Art Garden Gallery, Riga,Latvia

2009 “European Cities in Paintings by Latvian artists” Brussels, Belgium

2009 “Man in My Life” Art Academy Of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
2008 “Riga - Nurnberg” The Art academy of Nurnberg, Nurnberg, Germany

2008 “The World’s Biggest Choir” UNESCO, Paris, France

Awards and prizes

2019 Runner-up, “Sculpture on the Edge”
2018 Overall winner, “Sculpture on the Edge”
2017 Finalist, “Obi Obi Art Prize”
2016 Finalist, “Local Artist Local Content”
2008 Best Bachelor Diploma work in Art Academy of Latvia, “Vilhelm Purvitis Painting Award”
2008 Overall winner, “Albert Foundation Grand Prix in Painting”

Grants

2021 RADF and RAF grant, Arts Queensland, “Professional development and mentorship with sculptor Janna Pameijer"
2020 RADF and RAF grant, Arts Queensland, “Let’s Play Wild” shared Artist Residency, workshop development, and Exhibition at Butter Factory.

2018 RADF grant, Arts Queensland, “Mentorship In Mosaic Artistry” 2017 RADF grant, Arts Queensland, “Forest Art Trail project”

Bibliography

Chris Gilmore “Walk On The Wild Side”, Sunny Coast Times/ May 3, 2021
Roxanne Maccarty-O’Kane “Call Of The Wild”, Salt Magazine/Winter 2019, p112-115 Laura Vecmane, “Latvia leads to Sculpture On The Edge”, Hinterland Times/August 2017 p4-5