Laura Fisher is an artist and sociologist. Recently her work has focused mainly on land regeneration and the city/country divide, though she has also done projects about urban cycling culture and cross-cultural dialogue through art. In 2016-2018 she did field research with rural art projects in Japan, Russia, Sweden and Australia while a post-doctoral researcher at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. In 2016 she co-founded the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA) with 9 other artists and coordinated KSCA’s first major event, Futurelands2. Laura is leading the current KSCA project ‘An artist, a farmer and a scientist walk into a bar …’.
I’ve always been interested in the relationship between art and social change. For many years I delved into that subject as a sociologist and ethnographer. When Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA) formed in 2016 I suddenly had the opportunity to work in a socially engaged way as an artist with other artists, around issues I care a lot about - like sustainable land use. I love the idea that artists can do useful things where adaptation is needed in society, and that art can create situations where people of all walks of life can learn, play and cooperate to achieve good things.