Laura Melissa Williams

Artist
SPEAKER

Laura Melissa Williams

Artist
SPEAKER

Biography

Laura brings 15 years experience in the creative industries: blending Design, Business and Futures thinking, whilst also building her portfolio as a professional artist. In her design career she blends creative problem solving, design thinking and business strategy to help organisations – from Nike to the NHS – future-proof their businesses. She was one of a specially selected cohort of creative entrepreneurs to be part of the original Creative Pioneer Programme Award run by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) – winning around £70,000 investment. She also won a Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship Award from the British Council, where she worked with and advised creative businesses in Asia.

Laura is also a professional international artist and published poet, who in her first year successfully sold over 30 works of art across 10 countries and 4 continents, delivered 4 art commissions and designed and painted a large-scale mural in the reception of a blue-chip music publishing business. She is represented by two London art galleries. She has advised and worked with the Affordable Art Fair and is represented by Artiq (a boutique art consultancy and art rental agency providing art in the corporate and leisure industries) – which has seen her artwork installed in corporate headquarters in the city of London. She was part of the winning team at Art Challenge 2016 – with a pitch for ‘Benefactor’ – A crowd-funding platform which connects supporters with artists.

Her experience as both an art practitioner and a business consultant means Laura understands the wider contextual factors influencing artists, designers and business people, and the trends and forces impacting the changing world around us.

All session by Laura Melissa Williams