2009-2012 MA(Dist) Arts Management, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
2003-2005 NVQ3 Arts Development and Teaching, Huntingdonshire Regional College, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
1991-1992 BTEC National Diploma, General Art and Design, Lincoln College of Art, Lincoln
Since 2015 Katie has been one half of a collaborative partnership with artist Kate Genever. Working primarily with sewing but also in print Smith & Genever bring the idea of traditional ‘women’s work’ up to date. Their quilts, banners, wearables and prints act as analogue memes, offering everyday tips and advice with the aim to empower.
Smith-Genever have recently been awarded Arts Council funding to develop a piece of practice based research around resilience. Project partners include Ash Villa (an in-patient unit for young people experiencing acute mental health issues), Manchester Metropolitan University, York Teaching Hospital and Axisweb.
2016: Me, me, me, me, meme. An action research project developed with NE Lincolnshire Council (Social Care) and CapeUK. Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
2015: Good Pretty Things/Pretty Good Things, a First Art (CP&P) commission for the Bolsover Stories Festival. Derbyshire.
2015: Good Pretty Things/Pretty Good Things, a Ridges and Furrows Residency in partnership with NCCD, Sleaford. Lincolnshire.
2017 Nasty Women UK, Hackney
2017 Leeds Zine, Central Library, Leeds
2015 Pride of Place Cardiff, The Caravan Gallery. Part of Diffusion International Photography Festival
2011 – 15 The Moveable Museum of Found Objects; A touring exhibition which explored notions of value and beauty in objects that had been lost, forgotten or discarded. Various locations across Lincolnshire including the University of Lincoln and the Bathing Beauties Festival, Mablethorpe
2011 QR-3D, Cornerhouse, Manchester
A textiles QR code constructed with 1089 hand rolled felt balls produced by over 200 crowd sourced participants. Presented as part of the Manchester Science Festival
2011 60th anniversary of the Festival of Britain, Royal Festival Hall, London
Six photographs commissioned as part of the School’s of Creativity Pavilion exhibition to showcase and celebrate creative teaching and learning in English schools
2013 Creative Research Methods blog. The Moveable Museum of Found Objects
Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (Birmingham City University) and Communication and Media Research Institute (University of Westminster)
2012 Educating for Creativity; A Global Conversation, edited by Robert Kelly. Co-author of chapter 16, Creative Schools Partnership: Creative Education on a Large Scale
2012 AN Magazine. Debate: are social media-led artists’ projects a challenge to the traditional model of participation in the arts (May issue, p4-6)
2012 AD The National Society for Education in Art and Design magazine.
Digital Footprints and a Museum of Wheels; Katie Smith describes a series of online and touring journeys (issue 5, p24-25)
2012 52-52 Members’ Book; An online community’s response to weekly photo challenges set by fifty-two accomplished photographers
2011 The Caravan Gallery Presents: Other People’s Pictures
2014 -16 The View From Here: A project working with lorry drivers employed by haulage company Freshlinc, to explore the extraordinariness of the everyday through Polaroid photography. Commissioned by Transported
2015 Artist in Residence, Elsoms Seeds, Spalding: A photographic project delivered in collaboration with Electric Egg. Jointly commissioned by Elsoms seeds and Transported (ACE Creative People and Places)
2014 -15 Artist in Residence, Blueskies Anxiety and Depression Peer Support Group. Weekly sessions exploring the relationship between creativity and wellbeing. Commissioned by Cultural Solutions UK
2014-15 One Summer in Swineshead – an artist-led participatory project commissioned by Transported to develop a photo-archive of village life as experienced by its residents in Summer 2015
2013 The Artist Swap Box – a project initiated online to explore the benefits/implications of gifting knowledge and artefacts within a postal community of artists
2012-13 I Would Like to Get to Know you Better – a body of work documenting a journey of trust and friendship established in both digital and analogue environments. Created during a residency at the University of Lincoln, through the AA2A scheme
2012-13 The Alchemy Project – A series of photo-walks in and around Boston, Lincolnshire, devised to unite participants through a shared interest and to foster a better understanding of their culturally-diverse community
2012-13 Our Big Real Gypsy Lives– A photographic resource co-created with young Romany Gypsies and Travellers living in Lincolnshire to give an insight into what it means to them to be part of their community
2011-15 We Found Art – A self funded project initiated online to explore the potential for creative participation within the digital environment. The physical product of the project tours offline as a mobile exhibition ‘the Moveable Museum of Found Objects’
2007-8 The Identity Project- A visual arts project delivered on behalf of The Collection, Lincoln, working with young people in formal and non-formal settings to explore issues of cultural identity
2005-6 Enhancing the Healing Environment – A residency with occupational therapists and service users at The Department of Psychiatry, Pilgrim Hospital
2003 The Collections Project – A residency with a Nursery in Boston which implemented a child centred approach to creativity within the EYFS framework. Funded by ACE Grants for the Arts
Selected Consultancy/Training Commissions
2013 Mentor to AA2A artists at the University of Lincoln
2011 Collaboration with the Director of the Cottage Museum at Woodhall Spa to develop an audience development plan through a TMC Partnership Research Bursary
2009-11 Critical friend to 9 Creative Partnerships schools across Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Peterborough with a responsibility to support the four key phases of the CP process: Diagnostic, planning and brokering, change management, evaluation and Sustainability (TMC/CCE)
2005-9 Delivery of county wide child centred creativity training for early years professionals on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Services.
2004-9 Project managing the Giles Academy’s community arts programme. Designing SOWs for 7 feeder primary schools, developing creative opportunities to engage parents in their children’s learning, programming flexible learning days to encourage cross curricular learning, nurturing community partnerships
2015 Invited speaker and workshop leader, Faceless Arts Diversion Symposium; Reaching People, Celebrating Places. Junction, Goole
2014 Invited Speaker, Museum Ethnographers Group Conference; collections, collaboration and Communities. University of Aberdeen
2012 Invited speaker and workshop leader, ‘Innovate and Inspire,’ the Lincolnshire Art and Design conference for KS1-KS5 Teachers. CfBT, Lincoln
Fellow of the RSA, associate of Futerlab at the NFER, member of a-n, AIR, Artists’ Union England and The Museums Association, High/Scope practitioner, Arts Award Advisor