Kate Parsons received her BA (Hons) Sculpture from Chelsea School of Art, and trained at Goldsmiths College (Post Grad 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. Her work is mainly funded by teaching and making sculptural work for an array of influential artists at Pangolin Editions Ltd.
Recent activity includes being selected as a finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize with exhibition at the Arsenale, Venice (2018). Parsons exhibited in In House 2, Pangolin Gallery (2017). Her work was included in the publication From an African Score, Richard Fardon & Joy Onyejiako, SOAS (2017). She curated and featured in Reproduction exhibition at Uganda House, London (2016).
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.