a-n Re:view Bursaries Announced

Kate Paxman


I am very pleased to have been offered this bursary which will provide support  through a period where my artistic development is currently changing as I continue my own practice and co-lead a new contemporary visual arts organisation for Torbay - Smooth Space - set up in September 2011 with fellow artist David Harbott.

I have chosen to request critical sessions with 4 curators/arts organisations from the South West to seek critical appraisal for my work and how it can develop within the activities of Smooth Space.

I am very interested in Paula Orrell's curatorial practice, especially Tamar Project and the talk conducted with Plymouth University and chaired by Paula Orrell with guest speakers Bergit Arends, Natural History Museum; Tim Eastop, Canal and River Trust and Tracey Warr, Oxford Brookes University.

Claire Doherty, Director of Situations, Spike Island, has offered a review session. Situations produces artworks, events and projects in the public realm across the UK and beyond and believes that public art has the potential to begin a conversation which changes the way we think about and interact with the world around us. All the projects that I hope to generate in Torbay will take place in the public realm - I feel it is crucial to be aware of this potential and to expand my knowledge of international public realm projects.

At this turning point in my artistic career, I am also seeking an exchange of ideas about how to curate and manage contemporary visual arts projects while maintaining my visual arts practice as Smooth Space grows. Carol Carey from Somerset Art Works has offered a session to explore the professional development of my practice which will focus on continuing to produce my own work while developing Smooth Space. 

As an arts practitioner in Torbay I am very aware that we don't have strong connections to any other arts organisations and there is no dedicated contemporary visual arts hub/centre. I am excited by the opportunities this presents for producing projects in innovative locations and for collaborating with communities and audience. I have asked Sandy Kirkby, b-side Multi-Media Festival Producer for a critical review in order to explore how Smooth Space can establish a sense of being part of a network of other organisations/activities and how we can promote a strong sense of the identity of place.

Kate Paxman graduated from Central St Martins College of Art in 1996 and came to live in South Devon in 2004. She has a contemporary research-led art practice using digital media to create moving image/ sound installations which are shown at the place where they were made. She has also worked on socially-engaged, community based participatory projects.
In September 2011, with fellow artist David Harbott, Kate set up Smooth Space - an artist-led, contemporary visual arts organisation for Torbay and beyond. The first Smooth Space project, called 'over the horizon, took place at Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Brixham in 2012. It was run in partnership with the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust and English Riviera Global Geopark and was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
At Smooth Space we are currently planning the next stage in our development.

What's On

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Linda Brothwell Conversations in Making

Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Friday 24 May 2019 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: A Sense of Place

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Sunday 15 March 2020

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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