Katie Smith is a socially engaged artist with a research based approach to her practice. She has over 15 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.
Since 2015 Katie has been working in a collaborative partnership with artist Kate Genever
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