Artist CV

Laurel Gallagher

Laurel Gallagher (b.1978) studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and Art and Design Education at Oxford Brookes and the Institute of Education, London. She is co-founder and Creative Director of Urban Wilderness CIC an arts organisation based in Stoke-on-Trent.

Laurel’s artwork explores physical and psychological connections to family, land and nature through symbol, action and imagery. Her paintings and videos embody states of flux between illustration and abstraction, chaos and control, capturing moments of change, transformation and transcendence. Laurel works with painting processes and materials that purposely challenge creative control with disruptive techniques.


Nov 2022; Entangled Fronteer Gallery Paint! group show, Sheffield

Nov 2021; Studies in Time and Space The Foxlowe Arts Centre Christmas Exhibition, Leek

Jan 2019; Birds from the Feral State The Foxlowe Arts Centre Cafe, Leek

Nov 2018; Portraits from the Feral State Boki Coffee Shop, London

March 2016; Shadow of a Feral State The Globe Gallery, Hay-on-Wye

Nov 2014; Creatures from the Feral State Spout coffee shop, Leek

July 2013; Magpies from the Feral State Piccolos Corner, West Leederville, Western Australia


Jan 2023; Destination Dartmoor, Mayes Creative, Braken Tor

Jan 2022; Wild Swimming R&D, Anglesey


Aug 2017; Follow the Birds art trail Appetite’s The Big Feast, Stoke on Trent

Aug 2017; Follow the Birds art trail Festival Stoke Art Street, Stoke on Trent

Sept 2016; Lost Garden Festival installation and nature art workshops, funded by the Art City consortium, Stoke on Trent


Aug 2016; Arts Council project fund; Feral Spaces of Middleport nature art workshops and exhibition; Middleport Pottery, Stoke on Trent


Hallam, J., Gallagher, L. and Owen K. (2021). The secret language of flowers: insights from an outdoor, arts-based intervention designed to connect primary school children to locally accessible nature. Environmental Education Research. 

Hallam, J., Gallagher, L., and Harvey, C. (2021). ‘I don’t wanna go . I’m staying. This is my home now.’ Analysis of an intervention for connecting young people to nature. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.

Hallam J., Gallagher, L. and Harvey (2019). ‘We’ve been exploring and adventuring.’ An investigation into young people’s engagement with a semi-wild, disused space. The Humanistic Psychologist. 

Conference Presentations

Hallam, J. and Gallagher, L. (2021). ‘How can co-creative community arts practices inspire nature connection in young people? A collaboration between arts and academic practice researchers’ Workshop presented at Young Nature,  British Ecological Society 23rd June

Hallam, J. and Gallagher, L., (2019a). ‘I’m going to hug the tree’ Insights from a youth led intervention designed to facilitate a connection to nature with young people in a low SES area. Paper presented at the Valuing Nature conference, Royal Society, London 28th-29th October

Hallam, J. and Gallagher, L., (2019b). ‘If we don’t tidy this up where are people going to play?’ Insights from a youth-led, community based place making project. Paper presented at the Playful planet – For a child friendly world conference. Bristol 27th-29tth November.

Hallam, J., Gallagher, L., Harvey, C. (2019). ‘We’ve been exploring and adventuring.’ An investigation into young people’s engagement with a semi-wild, disused space. Paper presented at the Nature Connections conference, University of Derby 2nd July.


2010 UCL Institute of Education, PG Dip in Art & Design Education

2004 Oxford Brookes University, PGCE in Art & Design Education

2000 Nottingham Trent University, BA (Hons) Fine Art

1997 Hereford College of Art & Design, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Teaching Experience

2021-Present Art Club senior artist and team leader, Urban Wilderness CIC, Stoke on Trent

2010-2011 Art teacher and technician Weobley High School, Herefordshire

2004-2010 Art teacher and Community art officer The Forest School, Wokingham

2004-2005 Artist in residence The Forest School, Wokingham