Approved: 16.08.2006

Kate Parsons

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
As a crossover of art and anthropological concerns my work attempts to link the contrasting cultures of Kenya and UK by crossing boundaries of aesthetic conventions, periods of time and location. The use of certain materials provokes comparisons and ambiguities in the work created through binary oppositions and semiotic associations; with interior/exterior, solid/void, horizontal/vertical,

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  • Location: Bristol, South West
 

Biography

Concepts As a crossover of art and anthropological concerns my work attempts to link the contrasting cultures of Kenya and UK by crossing boundaries of aesthetic conventions, periods of time and location. The use of certain materials provokes comparisons and ambiguities in the work created through binary oppositions and semiotic associations; with interior/exterior, solid/void, horizontal/vertical, positive/negative, presence/absence, dark/light, public/private, concealed/revealed, temporary/permanent, and perfection/imperfection. These themes are evident in Shelter, Panel Series, Gap Piece, Wall Series and Floor Pieces. The idea of fragmentation is developed further into photographic images, abstracting the work and increasing the semantic references of vulnerability and mortality. Influences The influences on the work come directly from living and working in Kenya on a teaching contract and my doctoral research into the Giriama Commemorative Grave Posts and their social, religious and cultural context. Other influences have derived from Arte Povera, and conceptual practices. Career path Since completing PhD in Sculptural practice I am planning to extend my practice with residencies abroad, extend my exhibition profile, carry out post doctoral research, co-curate exhibitions/exchanges of artists from Africa and continue freelance teaching at HE level. Currently l am working towards two major exhibitions, one in London and the other in Nigeria based on a collaboration between myself and a contemporary Igbo artist using the Mbari houses as a common theme. This also represents post doctoral work in association with the Royal College of Art, October Gallery, SOAS, British Museum, London; Spike Island Studios, Bristol; University of Gloucestershire and Nnamdi Azikiwe University/ University of Nigeria, West Africa.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2005 - Post Doctoral Research, Royal College of Art, London; University of Nigeria, Nigeria 2005 - Post Doctoral Research Sculpture (practice-based/theory), Royal College of Art /University of Gloucestershire, London 2004 - PhD Sculpture (Practice-based/theory), University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 1994 - MA Art and Design Education, De Montfort University, Leicester 1979 - Art Teacher's Certificate, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, London 1977 - BA (Hons) Sculpture, Chelsea School of Art, London Solo exhibitions 2007 - Concealed/Revealed, Holman Fenwick and Wilan, Lloyds Avenue, London EC3 2006 - 'It's all about the monkey', Walcot Chapel, Walcot Gate, Bath 2005 - Presence/Absence / Installation, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton, Sussex 2003 - Concealed/Revealed, Brunei Gallery, London 2001 - Crossing Boundaries, National Museum Art Gallery, Narobi, Kenya, East Africa 1997 - Sticks 'n' Bones, Hotbath Gallery, Bath Group exhibitions 2009 - Wastelands, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall 2008 - Uncommon Ground, Howard Gardens Gallery, UWIC, Cardiff, Wales 2007 - Spike Open , Spike Island Studios, Bristol 2005 - 'Real Time' (Film) - 90 Second Challenge, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol 2005 - Spike Open , Spike Island Studios, Bristol 2004 - Concealed/Revealed, Project Space, Spike Island Studios, Bristol 2003 - Open Sculpture Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2003 - Spike Island Open Studios, Bristol 2002 - Spike Island Open Studios, Bristol 2000 - The Spiritual Age, DFN Gallery, SoHo, New York 2000 - Transformations : The Art of Recycling, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford 2000 - Work/Place, Bristol, Derelict Buildings Project 1999 - Recycling Exhibition, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery 1998 - Balancing the Scales, New Womens Art Works, Bristol 1998 - The Spirit Within, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1997 - Into the Light, Weston Arts Festival, Weston-Super-Mare 1997 - Te-Atinga: Whareiwi, New Zealand House, London and Hotbath Gallery, Bath and touring 1996 - British Identity in Art, Hans Price Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare 1995 - Bristol Guild Gallery, Bristol Artist talks 2008 - Shared Perspectives, National Art Gallery/Cyprian Ekwensi Arts & Culture,, Abuja, Nigeria 2008 - Shared Perspectives, University of Nigeria,, Nsuuka, Nigeria 2005 - Presence /Absence , Phoenix Gallery / University of Brighton, Brighton, Sussex 2004 - Concealed/Revealed Lecture, Spike Island Studios, Bristol 2004 - Crossing Boundaries Research Colloquium, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 2004 - Research Seminars in Anthropology, University of East London, Anthropology Department, London 2002 - Artist's Talks, Spike Island Studios, Bristol 2001 - Art and Anthropology Lecture, Kuona Art Trust, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa 2001 - Art, Context and Cultural Transformation Lecture, Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa 2001 - Crossing Boundaries Public Lecture, NMK / French Cultural Centre/ British Institute in E.Africa, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, East Africa 2000 - Crossing Boundaries Public Lecture, Spike Island Studios, Bristol 1999 - A Cross Cultural Approach to Sculptural Form Lecture, NMK, Nairobi / Fort Jesus Museum, Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa 1999 - The Practice-based PhD Lecture, De Montfort University, Leicester 1998 - My art practice Lecture, National Art Gallery/ Makrab Pergurnan Mohd.Khalid College, Johor Bahru, Malaysia Workshops 2003 - Sculpture Workshop - Open Sculpture Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 1999 - Drawing and Sculpture Workshop, Pool School, Redruth, Cornwall 1999 - Drawing Workshop, Newlyn Orien Gallery, Cornwall 1998 - Sculpture Workshop, National Art Gallery, Kulua Lumpur, Malaysia 1997 - Gender Issues in Contemporary Art Practice, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol 1997 - Te Atinga: Whareiwe project - workshop, Hotbath Gallery / Bath Festival Trust, Bath Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Arts Council Grant for the Arts, Nigerian Artist Collaboration, Owerri, Imo State,, South East Nigeria 2006 - ACE 'Awards for All' Grant, Kenyan Art, Hans Price Gallery, Weston College, North Somerset 2004 - Arts Council South East Grant, Phoenix Gallery Installation, Brighton 2004 - Janet Trotter Trust, Bursary towards PhD, University of Gloucestershire 2003 - Arts and Humanities Research Board, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London 2003 - St.Paul & St.Mary Fund, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham 2002 - Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham 2001 - Arts and Humanities Research Board, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa 2000 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Royal Society of Arts, London 1999 - Minor Grant, British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa 1999 - Research Fellowship, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa Educational experience - secondary 1980 - Teaching Art and Design (Secondary), various schools, Bristol