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Kate Parsons

Kate Parsons

Kate Parsons, Vessels II (2021), wax. Photograph by Kate Parsons

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Kate Parsons received her BA (Hons) Sculpture from Chelsea School of Art, and trained at Goldsmiths College (Postgraduate Art Teacher’s Certificate), De Montfort University (MA Art & Design Education) and University of Gloucestershire (Practice-Based PhD Sculpture).

Her work is committed to communicating aspects of the material properties of both her own culture and that of the African continent. It is process-led, conceptual and symbolic, often starting from anthropological research, leading to a hybridisation of sculptural forms, materials and subject matter.

Recent activity includes: Selected by Pragmata Collective for an online show (2021); Royal Society of Sculptors: Shoot the F…king Parrot, exhibition (2021/22); Mentor for the Prince’s Trust (2021); 10gm Challenge, Milwyn Foundry, London (2020); RWA Open Sculpture Exhibition (2019); Artsite Gallery, Swindon, Wilts (2019). Parsons was a finalist in the Arte Laguna Prize, and exhibited at the Arsenale, Venice Biennale (2018); she exhibited in In House 2, Pangolin Gallery (2017). Her work features in the publication From an African Score, Richard Fardon & Joy Onyejiako, SOAS (2017).

Selected collaborations, commissions and funders include: Arts Council of England; South East Arts; Arts and Humanities Research Council; National Museum of Kenya; British Institute in Eastern Africa, CFCU Unit, Kilifi, Kenya; Royal Commonwealth Society; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; National Art Gallery Abuja; Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation; Uganda High Commission, London; 32 Degrees East, Uganda; Gallery Pangolin; University of Gloucestershire; Goldsmiths College, Royal College of Art; October Gallery, London; SOAS, University of London; British Council; National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; University UiTM, Malaysia.

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