Current Exhibition: Katie Spragg Glasshouses at the Garden Museum

31st July - 23rd September

Garden Museum, 5 Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7LB

My first solo show in London. Visit the beautiful Garden Museum in Lambeth and see a selection of sculptural pieces and drawings made over the past year, all on the theme of greenhouses. 

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I am interested in the way that humans and plants co-exist – how we attempt to curate nature yet it proceeds to grow and thrive beyond human ordering. The glasshouse represents a site where this is particularly apparent – a manmade structure cultivated with carefully selected plants that have then grown to fill the space and create their own contained eco-system.

Inspired by Glasshouses across the UK and Denmark (where I have recently completed a residency) including the Palm House at Kew Gardens, Glasgow Botanical Garden, University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden and greenhouses of the Garden Visits Committee in urban London gardens, I have attempted to capture these steamy, earthy, otherworldly enclosed-environments, focusing particularly on the way the plants naturally create compositions and interact with the human-built enclosure that they grow within.

Small sculptures hidden around the exhibition space celebrate the plants that have escaped the greenhouse or made their home outside its walls.

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The museum has become a special place for me over the past year - it has been home to my piece Daydream since it reopened in May 2017 and I have been running a series of clay workshops in the new learning space there, including a ceramics course for people with dementia and their companions. An exhibition of photographs of these classes and some of the participants work will open on the same night as the exhibition of my work.

For those of you that didn't make it up to Stoke or the Lake District, this will be a chance to see my large-scale Glasshouse piece. I'll also be exhibiting some of my drawings for the first time as well as other sculptural pieces.

The exhibition runs until September 26th.

Artist Residency at Cove Park

This September I was lucky enough to be awarded a three week residency at Cove Park, supported by the Fenton Arts Trust. I spent my time here gathering inspiration and experimenting with ideas for some new stop-frame animations. My studio and living space overlooked the beautiful views of Loch Long. 

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

Current:
Best Bogus Botanical Garden, heliumcowboy
Bäckerbreitergang 75, 20355 Hamburg
24 March – 13 April 2017
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1–7 PM, Saturday 2–6 PM and by appointment.

Upcoming:
Real to Reel, Crafts Council Film Festival
Picturehouse Central, London
2, 3 and 4 May 2017
6.30 - 8.30pm

The Laid Table, Keramiker Helene Schjødts
Classensgade 14, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
2 - 18 May 2017
Tuesday - Friday 12-5 PM, Saturday - Sunday 12-4 PM

Garden Museum
5 Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7LB
Opening TBC late Spring 2017

A Landscape of Objects, Forde Abbey House and Gardens
Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU
September 2017

For more information on all these events, scroll down



 

Upcoming Residency at Forde Abbey

Residency: 14th - 20th May 2017
Exhibition: September 2017

'A Landscape of Objects'
Forde Abbey House and Gardens
Chard TA20 4LU

In May myself and artist Kaori Tatebayashi will be undertaking a week long research residency at Forde Abbey in Somerset as part of A Landscape of Objects curated by Flow Gallery and commissioned by Somerset Art Works and funded by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Lottery programme. 

From my research on this residency I will then produce a body of work that will be exhibited in the Abbey in September as part of Somerset Art Weeks.

Myself, Kaori and artists Anne Marie O’Sullivan, Tom McWalter, Eleanor Lakelin and Vezzini &Chen, who will also be exhibiting there, visited a few weeks ago. Its such a beautiful place and I am really excited to be able to have a week exploring the gardens and building and developing ideas for new pieces.

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Hedgerow purchased by Victoria & Albert Museum

I am extremely excited that the V&A purchased my piece Hedgerow. It was purchased at Collect by the Ceramics Department, though could be put on display anywhere in the museum.

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Collective Matter for Tate Exchange

Septemeber 2016 - March 2017

Event at Tate Modern, 5th Floor, Switch House
Friday 10th March
12-6pm

In September along with Mary O’Malley and Eva Masterman, as Collective Matter, we were commissioned by the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership to develop a project 'Material Action' for Tate Exchange. This project brought together three galleries from South London; Gasworks, Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall and Pump House Gallery and offered opportunities for 14-25 year olds to work with clay and share their stories of their local area. 

It was a huge project, we produced a range of workshops and events including the creation of a huge collaborative clay cityscape in the Beaconsfield arch, an storytelling exchange recording people's stories of where they live, brick-making workshops with secondary school pupils and a youth club in the Patmore Estate with the results displayed in an installation at Pump House Gallery, a panel discussion that brought together the three partner galleries and artistic communities to explore the wider critical landscape of the project and kintsugi and digital handmade workshops where new heirlooms were made at Gasworks.

A final event was held at Tate Modern on the 10th of March where we showed off the results of the six month project and recreated three of the clay workshops in the Tate Exchange space.

To see some of the stories we collected and find out more information, visit the project website:

www.materialaction.com

 

Talente at Handwork and Design International Trade Fair, Munich

Four of my smaller sculptures and two of my films have been selected, from over 600 submissions, to be exhibited at Talente, a show to to promote young designers in all areas of the craft sector at the Handwerk & Design International Trade Fair in Munich, Germany.

8th - 14th March 2017
GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH , Willy-Brandt-Allee 1, 81829 München

For more information about the show and to see other exhibitors visit:

https://www.ihm-handwerk-design.com/messe/highlights/talente/

Residency at Scottish Sculpture Workshop

I spent most of September 2016 in the beautiful, rural Scottish countryside on a residency at SSW. I used time to walk, think and write in the surrounding landscape as well as running a workshop and engaging in conversations with local people, staff and fellow residents to explore what the word 'wild' means to them (in contrast to my interpretation of it as someone from an urban place.)

I also visited a nearby manganese mine to collect stones to be smelted for their ore for the Turf to Tools project, explored the Cairngorms, hung out in the whiskey barrel sauna, collected too many stones to bring home and begun experimenting with new types of clay and techniques.

The research I did during this residency has gone on to inspire new work, in particular a series of three peephole boxes I made for Collect 2017.