Janet Laurence lives and works in Sydney. A recipient of both a Rockefeller and Churchill Fellowship and the Alumni Award for the Arts, UNSW. Laurence was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW, on the VAB Board of the Australia Council and is currently Visiting Fellow at COFA NSW University.
Laurence exhibits internationally and has been represented in major curated and survey exhibitions including: After Eden, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney (2012); Negotiating This World (2012) NGV, Melbourne; 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) and 9th Biennale of Sydney (1992); In The Balance; Art for a Changing World, MCA Sydney (2010); Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, NGV Melbourne (2009); The Adelaide Biennale (2008), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan (2003,) Australian Perspecta (1985, 1991, 1997).
Key collections include: NGA, Canberra; AGNSW, Sydney; NGV, Melbourne; QAG, Brisbane; AGSA, Adelaide; Artbank Australia Macquarie Bank Collection, Kunstwerk Summlung Klein, Germany as well as numerous university, corporate and private collections nationally and internationally. In 2012 the AGNSW acquired a major installation work ‘The Memory of Nature’, as part of the permanent collection.