Emerging Artist – Rory Laycock
Rory Laycock was born in Oxford and grew up in Langholm, Scotland. He worked as a Design Assistant and Moulding Technician at the commercial sculpting company ‘Border Fine Arts’, leading and continuing into his studies from 2008 to 2016, at the University of Cumbria. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2014.
Laycock was awarded the Young Artist Bursary for the Spring Fling in Dumfries and Galloway and has since taken part in three consecutive years of the open studio event. Laycock’s work has been shown in Edinburgh and Athens, where his installation work, Freefall Horizon, was placed as part of an international discussion on art and technology for the European Commission in Brussels and was asked to speak at the European Parliament on this topic in order to influence future policy on art and technology.
Laycock was a finalist in the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice for the Virtual & Digital Arts category, the only participant from Great Britain. Also, he has displayed work in London, Berlin, Greece and Edinburgh.
Laycock was commissioned to paint two murals with street artists 44 Flavourson the Spring Fling Mural project. This consisted of one mural painted in Scotland and the other in Berlin. He was commissioned to produce sculptural installations for outpatients for the new Royal infirmary in Dumfries and Galloway.
Laycock lives and works in Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway.
Rory Laycock Artist Statement
Rory Laycock is interested in these constructions and the presence of awareness perceived by culture and how play is experienced and activated through these environments as a solution.
Currently, Laycock explores our cultural relationship to the technology, whereby he focuses on the transition of its current state, through installation, sculpture, painting, drawing and moving imagery. He creates immersive and engaging environments to involve the wider public by using popular culture as a vehicle to connect with viewers.
“I’m delighted to be one of the emerging artists with the WWDN/CC based at Stranraer at this truly defining time for all of us. This project and its creation highlight again the importance of the ongoing local communities’ involvement, in providing these opportunities to participate, exchange and shape in the shared vision of the public’s future.”