Laurence Payot works in collaboration with people and communities – local, global, established or invented – to create collective events and objects that question and re-invent our sense of belonging. By becoming part of her work, people are given tools to connect with one another and experience everyday places from a different perspective. The exchange between the materials and the people that form her artwork is the key ingredient for the creative alchemy to happen.
She was born in Metz (France), graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 2005, and is currently based at The Royal Standard studios in Liverpool (UK).
She has been commissioned nationally and internationally by renowned organisations, including the Pompidou Centre-Metz (France), Tate Modern, Liverpool Biennial, National Trust (UK) and the Belluard Bollwerk International (Switzerland). She was awarded the prestigious SkyArts Ignition: Futures Fund 2012, a one-year bursary and documentary by the TV channel SkyArts, and was shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize in 2013. Recently, she has collaborated with professional from other fields, including digital coders, scientists, poets and musicians, giving extra layers to her work.
Laurence Payot often uses public and unusual spaces as a stage to make out-of-the-ordinary events happen. From inventing a new local folklore with the people of Dunstable (Dunstable Wind Charming Day), to infiltrating the digital realm with manifestations of a mysterious online tribe (1 In A Million You), or taking people on torch-lit woodland walks (Bracknell Dusk Walkers), her artworks propose new ways to be together in the world.