Kate is a visual mixed media artist based in Sheffield. She originally did a Ceramics degree, followed by an MA in Fine Art. Her work explores the relationship between creativity and brain function through bold, colourful abstract language. She is also a facilitator and project manager for all kinds of community and educational settings.
In 2019 Kate received a Develop your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England to travel to Fremantle Arts Centre in Australia. While there, Kate explored creativity and brain patterns and the idea that art can connect us to the world. The resulting artworks are a creative response made with a mix of digitally printed scientific brain scans, collage and paint. The manipulated scientific images tell different stories about memory and function through a creative language.
Kate told us being an AA2A artist is a fantastic opportunity to go back into a university or art college regardless of when, or if you graduated, as there are so many benefits to working in an educational setting. She says: “The two sides of the project are equally important: access to facilities and meeting new people. Whether it’s students, technicians or the other AA2A artists, being part of a community is a great way to learn and develop ideas. The availability of facilities, resources and equipment that I didn’t have at home allowed me to make large work, experiment, try out different formats. Being part of AA2A gave me confidence. It definitely helped the progression of my career.”
Check out Kate’s exhibition 'The Art of Disconnection' at the Cooper Gallery Barnsley Oct 22 - Jan 23
'Astrocyte' photos: James Mulkeen Kate's studio