2018 Curator, Kate Ward
Kate Ward is an Australian interdisciplinary artist and educator whose research driven practice investigates the relationship between art, ritual spaces and cultural meaning. Her practice engages with issues of public space and social engagement in contemporary cultures, drawing references from the geolithic, neolithic, through to modern neuroscience technologies.
Kate creates ephemeral, transitory experiences and spaces in which her audience is invited to engage with, and contemplate. The artist is concerned with creating modes of exchange, questioning value by facilitating moments in which the audience must negotiate between symbolic objects when removed from familiar contexts. Exploring the metaphysical concepts of space and time and the relationships between stone and the human-lithic development of the human mind, her most recent installation, Suspended Object, was selected for Uncommon Common Art, Nova Scotia's site responsive art project in 2017.
Kate is the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs. Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions and awards and she is represented in national and international collections. She was selected to participate in the 2016/17 CFAT Scholarship in Halifax where she created a multi-media installation and she was recently been selected to participate in the SIMs residency in Iceland in 2017.
Kate enjoys sharing her skills and knowledge through public workshops and private art lessons working with adults and children.