Ms Laura Copsey


Hello - I'm an experimental illustrator and researcher from East Anglia. My ways of working are interdisciplinary and collaborative, blurring with my background as a therapist and musician. 

I tend to use objects, cameraless photography, moving image, collage and sound to explore traces of human endeavour from history, from heritage locations, traditional trades or in museum collections. Fragments accumulate over time via situations, experiences and conversation, with hope for more collective ways of being.

I organise collaborative fieldwork expeditions - most recent was aboard a boat with Sail Britain for 'the life of islands'.

I was recently House of Illustration illustrator in residence in collaboration with designer Philip Crewe. We created a para-fictional museum of artefacts related to working class Londoners, who's names and occupations we discovered in the archive. Exhibited with the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration during London Design Festival 2022.

My research interests include: experimental drawing / the use of para-fiction in heritage contexts and the narrative and ethical implications /  the use of heritage craft techniques and objects to communicate stories  / site specific and 'time' specific ways of working / Islandness / sustainable, autonomous communities / 

I play with the band firestations on Lost Map records.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer BA illustration Animation


  • MA Experimental Communciation (RCA)
  • BSc Occupational Therapy (UEA)

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


Colouring in: The Past-  cross college project with UAL Camberwell in collaboration with Recycle Archaeology and Dr Helen Wickstead, 2022

Life of Islands - Project leader with Sail Britain, 2022

New River Folk (Museum) - Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration x London Design Festival 2022

New River Immersions (exhibition) Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration x London Design Festival 2022

New River Folk – Translating The Past And Navigating Para-fiction – Transitus Conference. Falmouth University 2022

Time specific illustration: Drawing experience with light - Illustration Research Method Symposium, Kingston University 2021

Para-ficfion and the archive - Archives Symposium, UCA 2020