While currently based in London, it is extensive travel that informs Layla Curtis’ work, which focuses on our notions of borders and boundaries. Research for her work has taken her to places such as Borneo and Antarctica and she has also exhibited internationally, having spent a year living in Japan. A well established artist, Layla has undertaken commissions for the London Underground, Westminster City Council and Ramsgate Maritime Museum. Her work features in prestigious collections including the Tate Collection UK, the Government Art Collection UK and the World Bank Collection USA.

The Globe currently has one work available by Curtis, a limited edition Gicléé print of NewcastleGateshead. This work is an early collaged map by Curtis that presents an alternative view of the North East, compiled of place names from around the world. Layla’s cartographic work, developed early in her career during her residency in Japan, has become iconic of her style. She has gone on to utilize technologies such as GPS in her creation of images.

Information compiled and written by Michelle Kaczmarek, July 2011.