We first met Lady Kitt at a workshop Mark led at Vane, Newcastle in 2019. Since then we’ve supported Kitt and their practice via regular one-to-one mentoring sessions, helping to identify routes for development in their practice, outlining future career ambitions and application writing support.
Lady Kitt is a maker, researcher and drag king, based in the UK. Kitt describes their work as “Mess Making as Social Glue, driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore, share and (gently) insight the social functions of stuff that gets called art”. Kitt uses crafting, performance and research to create objects, interactions and events.
“Hi, I’m Kitt. And I’ve been getting some mentoring from Mark for the last seven or eight months, maybe. And it’s been brilliant. One of the things that Mark’s really good at is getting you to think about what you really want out of a situation, and the skills that you have to be able to make that happen. I’ve really noticed over the time just over the relatively short term that we’ve been working together, that my approach to my practice as changed a lot. I feel much more comfortable with it. And I’ve also noticed that people’s responses to my practice have changed in a way that I hope they might, which has been great.”
Lady Kitt is co-lead for Social Art Network (SAN) North East, trustee for Crafts Council UK, member of disabled artist led consortium Disconsortia & a member of global art activism movement Nasty Women (NW), co-convening the NW International Art Prize in 2018. Kitt’s work has been selected for inclusion in The Institute for Art and Innovation (Germany), “Social Art Award 2019 Book”. Their work has recently shown work at Atlanta Contemporary (USA) and Saatchi Gallery London (UK). Kitt is currently Maker in Residence at Durham University 2020-21 (UK) and one of nine “Constellations” artist with UP Projects and Flat Time House (London, UK). For further information visit: www.lladykitt.com