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    , Katherine Smith, February 2021

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    , Katherine Smith, June 2021

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  6. Katherine Smith – MA/MFA

    Curriculum Vitae

    Artist MA Slade 2021. She/Her. Embodiment, Touch, Sound, Materials. Sensory Art in Hospital Play Teams, Communities. 

    Play as a Radical, Non-Hierarchical Space for Embodied Learning.


    Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, MA Fine Art (Sculpture), 2019-2021 

    University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, BA (hons) Fine Art, 2015-2019

    University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, Foundation, 2014-2015  
    College of Law, LLB, 2008-2010  

    University of Oxford, BA (hons) Modern Languages and Literature, 2003-2007


    Prankerd Jones Memorial Prize, Slade School of Fine Art, 2020 

    Platform Graduate Award Exhibition, Aspex Gallery Portsmouth, October 2019 


    Bloc Projects, “What do we know (anyway)?”
    upcoming, July 2021
    curated by JJ Chan 

    Outpost Gallery, Members Show selected by Catalyst Arts
    August 2021 

    Talking with Electricity
    Chapel Arts Studios and Yellowfields  
    March 2021

    Platform 1, Bloomsbury Theatre
    February 2020  

    Cindy, SET Dalston
    November 2019 

    Platform Graduate Award, Aspex Gallery
    October-December 2019  

    Safe Play Area, Chapel Arts Studios
    August 2019 

    Art Meets Play, Thought Foundation
    July - September 2019  

    Degree Show, UCA Farnham
    June 2019  


    Selected Teaching / Art Facilitation

    Upcoming, Summer 2021: Polka Theatre, Great Ormond St. Hospital, Hart School, South London Gallery 

    Great Ormond Street Hospital Play Team, Sensory Art sessions for children since July 2020 in school holidays 

    St. George’s Hospital Play Team, Sept-Dec 2020, online Sensory Art sessions for children and parents 

    Regent’s Park Time Bank, Summer 2020 

    October Gallery, February 2020 

    Paint Write Now, 2015 to 2020: I developed a sensory method of teaching creative writing through art to children. I ran weekly extracurricular clubs in community centres and schools. In July 2020 ‘Paint Write Now’ became ‘Sensory Art’. 

    Teaching CPD  

    Makaton Levels 1 and 2, October-December 2020 

    “Play as Emotional Survival in Times of Crisis, Risk and Stress”, online conference hosted by Great Ormond Street Hospital, August 2020 

    Anti-Discriminatory / Equality Practice in Play, online conference including workshop sessions hosted by Meynell Games, September 2020 

    The Sensory Festival, Hirstwood Training, July 2020  

    Drama in the Primary Curriculum, David Farmer, July 2018 

    Develop Your Sensory Lexiconary, Joanna Grace, The Sensory Projects, June 2018 

    Creative Writing through the Arts, teach meet with Dr Paulette Luff, Anglia Ruskin University, May 2018 

Katherine Smith – MA/MFA

The work is a playful investigation into how to connect to the body, using materials as interface. I am neurodivergent – I have ADHD – and my practice is the development of a sensory language to connect with myself and others. In relationship with materials, I slow down. I watch them closely: how they move, how they feel, how they sound. I treat them as another body to relate to. I choose materials out of desire; following desire is fundamental in play. They are usually everyday materials that are responsive to the body in terms of touch, sound, sensation: ducting / foam / tin cans. The work is often a result of finding a moment in which the material does something that surprises me. I then focus in on this and amplify it to show it to others. The work is about me though – my learning to connect through materials, my projections onto materials.