Katie Smith is a socially engaged artist with a research based approach to her practice. She has 20 years’ experience of working in the public sector with a diverse range of partners including museums and galleries, primary, secondary and special schools, early years settings, Universities, mental health and residential care service providers and marginalised communities. Child centred teaching pedagogy is a major influence on her professional practice and she is a passionate advocate of enquiry based learning.
Katie uses a variety of creative media from pinhole and Polaroid photography to collage, low-tech print and stitch to engage with and stimulate social processes. Her work can respond to a particular need or issue within a community or explore the creative potential of bringing people together around a shared goal or interest. She is particularly interested in developing artist-led projects that challenge traditional models of participation in the arts. Although her work is often described as playful, gentle or quirky it is underpinned by research spanning the creative and theoretical disciplines of Art and Design, Media and Social Sciences.
Katie is also one half of Smith-Genever, a collaborative partnership with artist Kate Genever. Recent work has included an Arts Council England award to develop a piece of practice based research exploring resilience as a concept. Project partners included Ash Villa (an in-patient unit for young people experiencing acute mental health issues), Manchester Metropolitan University and Axisweb. New works created through the project were exhibited at York Teaching Hospital.
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