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    I am a freelance visual arts producer working from my base in Southampton, UK.

    My specialism lies in working with artists to produce artworks for the public realm or unconventional spaces such as medieval buildings, shops and bridge cabins. I am acting chair of ‘ixia: Public Art Think Tank’ supporting the reshaping and diversification of the national network with 6 other trustees. www.ixia-info.org

    I work under the name of Host Productions and offer freelance services to artists and arts organisations. My experience and skills extend across:

    • Project research, feasibility studies and advice on commissioning approaches;
    • Project development including curation and development of artist briefs;
    • Project Management including client and artist liaison;
    • Organisational development including charity closure or merger;
    • Artist research and selection;
    • Talent development and mentoring for artists and students;
    • Grant writing for both organisations and artists;
    • Project evaluation.

    “It has been a huge comfort to have Katie working with me over the last few months on all the administrative issues around our work and on this slow but sure decision making process. There could have been no one better to help. Her steadfast understanding that bridges what artists want, need and have ambitions for, linked to her judicious understanding of the mechanics of making things work, are an invaluable set of skills for me to have as an ally.” 

    Yvon Bonenfant, Artistic Director of Tract and Touch, 2021.

    I work part time balancing projects with being a mum. I am also a trustee for the local pre-school and help run family events via Bitterne Park Family Fun and BP Litter Pick.

    Background

    I began my career in Bristol at the award winning public art producers Situations (2002-2018), where I was part of the small creative team who set out to challenge global perspectives on public art and deliver ground breaking projects such as Alex Hartley’s Nowhereisland, 2012 for the Cultural Olympiad. Situations has now closed but you can access the projects, research and resources that were developed over a 15 year period www.situations.org.uk.

    During my time in Bristol I also produced my own curatorial projects and was a member of the Spike Island Associates Scheme (one of the first of its kind), playing a vital role in Bristol’s vibrant independent art community at a time when the city’s visual arts scene was flourishing. When I relocated to Southampton and began Host Productions in 2013 I have continued to produce my own independent projects alonside delvering client briefs.

    I have contributed to a number of research and advocacy projects connected with public art. I was part of the pilot phase for the European Network of Public Art Producers 2010-2011 (ENPAP), which culminated in the book Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art (Now). In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic I produced a series of online conversations with artists working in public space looking at commissioning from the artists perspective. You can access resources and the recordings www.aspacearts.org.uk/artist-development/artist-voices. I also regularly offer mentoring and development sessions to artists and fellow freelancers.