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City: London
Art Forms: Photography
I am a photographer working between arts science and philosophy
City: London
Job Role: Artist
Art Forms: Dance, Multidisciplinary, Other, Painting, Photography, Writing
Hi, I’m Kat! Who are you?

I’m an artist, co-creator, workshop facilitator and collaborator. I thrive on, and am inspired by, dancing and radical self-care. My acts of resistance include hand-holding, public pain-painting, mirroring practices and reclaiming institutionalised narratives of illness. I enjoy taking things outside the context where they, normatively speaking, belong.

What do you share with others and how? What would you hesitate to share? I’m interested in the space between us, how we share, and how we often don’t.

My practice investigates ways to reveal subjective sensory experience, especially those of a shameful or overlooked nature.   Eg. The project, (I), focuses on pain as shared identity and generator of images. I facilitated an artistic process of co-creation with a group of people with chronic pain. I interviewed and photographed them in their homes and printed black/white portraits of them on silk fabric in life-size, ratio 1:1. Through exercises and workshops, the portrayed persons found and painted a free representation of their pain directly onto their own portrait. The work also includes process videos and workshops where audience at the exhibition can try exercises from the project.

This sparked conversations, intimate moments, sharing, and most importantly, the feeling of being safe to do so. The work instigated conversations I’d never had before; the hesitancy I felt about sharing, when faced head-on, became a catalyser for not only my own but for many other people’s sharing stories of vulnerability.

When and where do you feel safe to share?

I currently explore how we can provide embodied safety for each other, and what that might look like, emotionally as well as physically. Collectivising around the tough aspects of being human, and building our capacity to be present with our experience is an important and revolutionary practice that our current systems and structures do not support. We need to re-establish the trust that our re-enactments of capitalism have dissolved; we need to ask questions and practice ways of being in the world, that challenge the inherent hierarchies and the memes we live by. We need to re-learn interdependency and trust in each other.

How can we start to think about doing this?

City: Glasgow
Job Role: Art Psychotherapist
Art Forms: Fabric / Textiles
I am an Art Psychotherapist working in community and education settings, supporting vulnerable clients in using art to communicate thoughts and feelings.
Art Forms: Ceramics, Multidisciplinary, Other, Painting, Sculpture
Engagement and participation in creative arts is good for our health and wellbeing and enriches our communities and society. My background combines experience in biomedical sciences, public health and creative arts and crafts.

I specialise in mixed media and 3D work using a range of materials, often combining foraged materials (whether man-made or natural) and traditional materials such as acrylic paint and clay. I create art for my own personal satisfaction and I run workshops to inspire others to engage with and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of the creative process (see Quirkshops below). My creative practice is focused in a number of areas, particularly reconnecting people with themselves and with nature.

I set up Quirkshops to deliver quirky, unusual art and craft workshops in a number of local venues and am currently developing my workshops for delivery on-line.  The focus of the workshops is to nurture creative talent in everyone, particularly targeting those who may not feel comfortable in attending more formal art classes. The experiences are shared in a group but will be unique and personal to the individual as the process is as important as the creative products. The workshops support personal expression, communication, social engagement and emphasise a fun, almost therapeutic element to the experience. I encourage self-reflection through the creative process with workshops sensitively addressing issues such as body image or dealing with grief.

I am collaborating with a local community farm, Farmeco, developing workshops which help reconnect people with nature. These are sensory based, for example, exploring colours, textures and patterns in nature, painting sounds and weaving using natural foraged materials.

City: London
Job Role: Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist working with charities   Supporting pstinents with rare endocrine and genetic diseases/cancers.