Kate Radford West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Female Performance Artist, Poetry and Digital Artist based in Hebden Bridge.
It is my dedication as a contemporary female artist to explore women's voices through writing, performance, music, sound, texture as a way to further integrate womens stories into our cultural narrative and reflect a positive future that integrates the divine feminine. It is my belief that women and our inherrent connection to nature and thus conciousness will be the key to the remedies of the modern world.
I have a specific dedication to integrating words, as a mode of communication that was colonised and denied to women through academic institutions and refusal to educate women. I believe women are imperative speakers and writers, and through our continued exploration of language also act as a medium between the said and the unsaid. The words of our world. You can judge a people by how it treats its women. We must speak more, better, fuller. I believe that the rights of language, and speaking has been dominated by men, and that women have thus experienced oppression in all elements of how we communicate. It is part of my process to explore feminine language. Not only the words we say, but how we sense them, feel them, hold them. I work speficially and deliberately with female empowerment within my local community and the wider world. In a world that so often has put women as a secondary element I make it my responsibility as an artist for them to felt prioritsed, recognised, and loved in my work. My portfolio can be summarised as a collection of visual poetry, that I create, exhibit, frame and sell. Outdoor poetry, installed and photographed. Digital poetry using film and mixed media inspired by the landscape of my life, and touring live performance integrating all of these elements into theatre performances.
I am an artistic associate for a number of organisations in the North West, as well as doing creative facilitation, producing and support for young people. These organisations include:
The Leeds Playhouse, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, The Nova Collective, Square Chapel Centre For The Arts, Lane-Shaw Academy, Bred In The Bone Theatre, Young Mechanics (Burnley Mechanics), Contact Theatre, WomenCentre.
ALL THE THINGS THEY NEVER TOLD YOU
26/10/2018 to 27/10/2018
ALL THE THINGS THEY NEVER TOLD YOU is a multi-disciplinary installation using visual art, poetry and original music to dissolve, and disarm the negative language used against women throughout their cultural upbringing in our current sociological climate. This is an attempt to battle patriarchy with love, to arm ourselves with unity and to be...[Read more]
|Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge||Details|
20/04/2016 to 20/08/2016
Lilith, the first recorded female demon in history. One of the first examined in the judaic faith. An image of sexuality, independence, and unashamed femininity.
Using research from biblical texts, ancient language, iconography and ritual, Kate uses her faith as a vehicle to explore the cultural demonisation of women, and how this...[Read more]
|Theatre Deli, Sheffield||Details|
THESE ARE ALL THE WAYS MY HEART CAN SPEAK
20/09/2018 to 31/10/2018
Integrating framed poetry, photography, videography, music and singing - this installation is an exploration of the physical and audible texture of words. The sublime feminine and its strength and fury, its delicacy and power, nature and the supernatural.
Kate installs her visual work...[Read more]
|DRINK? (Hebden Bridge) Square Chapel Centre For The Arts||Details|
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
24/02/2018 to 23/02/2019
This is a community performance of Eve Ensures 'The Vagina Monologues' with an ensemble of local women from Hebden Bridge, mostly non-performers. Done two years consecutively.
The Vagina Monologues is an iconic piece of feminist theatre, performed internationally every year, to support V-Day, a campaign dedicated to ending violence against...[Read more]
|Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge||Details|
23/02/2019 to 23/06/2018
Disparate Youth is a multi-disciplinary installation interweaving storytelling, digital art, fine art and photography made in collaboration with The Nova Collective. The installation explores what it means to grow up in Hebden Bridge, and how it affects young people and their emotional and physical landscape. This installation was created as a...[Read more]
|Northlight Art Studios/Salem Mill, Hebden Bridge||Details|
20/02/2019 to 24/02/2019
DROUGHT had its London premiere at VAULT festival.
“MAKE ME NOT A WOMAN. THEN, YOU WILL HAVE GIVEN ME EVERYTHING” DROUGHT is a song-story for women. A musical battle cry. It is for the women that have been and the women to come. DROUGHT is a piece of art activism. Its aim as a piece is to challenge narratives in which women are...[Read more]
|VAULT Festival, London||Details|
PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE
25/11/2016 to 26/11/2016
"The concept of gender is in itself very nuanced and, as the play shows, open to interpretation, change and growth. People are People doesn’t feel like a lesson. This is art, not school. It lays out the humanity of the issue and allows its audience to enter into the problem, not as children, as people. Welcome. To the normalisation...[Read more]
|Half Moon Theatre, London||Details|