Kate Radford - Poetic Artist United States
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Kate Radford is a multi-award winning poetic artist, performer, and social activist from Yorkshire (UK), now residing in San Francisco (CA). Her practice spans across compositional poetry performances, visual art, music, installation, writing, digital media and creative engagement. Her fascination begins with language, into experience, with a particular focus on women and the environment.

My practice can be titled as that of 'Love and Disruption' that is to say, to interrupt negative systems, with inherently positive protest, commentary, and replacement of negative programming, using experiences, stories, myths and artwork that attempts to dismantle the canon of internal despair. I make it my daily practice, to root my work with a recognition of fear, horror and terror, but not to mirror it, rather to use the texture of the sublime to mechanise hope, and possibility.

I consider myself a creative participant of my lived experience, meaning: my responses and creative engagement with how I understand the world at large, manifests in multitudes of forms ranging from: Performances, poetry, visual art, compositional music, digital art, video, painting, drawing, installations and happenings and writings. (Internationally)

These works are nurtured by a continued legacy of thought practice, that is to say a continued exploration of perception, culture, and reality, of which I experience in my body, in time, daily. My participation as a creative in the 21st Century means I have an academic understanding of socio-cultural 'performances' that exists within our current world, and within the art world. It is part of my responsibility as an artist, to open myself as a stream of shared knowledge, in which I collaborate with those where possible, to offer knowledge that has come to me, and support in expansive thinking. This means some of my work is immediate to my surroundings, discreet and sometimes invisible, only to myself, and perhaps one other person, other times, it may put me in the position of advisor or mediator, which I relate to in the same way as I would if I was developing my individual projects, that is to say, there is no separation in my relationship to the scale of work, and how it feeds into everyday life.

Poetry (is a way of life)

At the depths of my work is a deep rooted need to relate the human world to that of our natural landscape and a unification in dignity between humans, and all beings we co-habitate with. It is my world view, that until women are freed from the continuing social binds that we are confined to, we as a species will be unable to evolve, spiritually, physically, and culturally.

Artwork

DROUGHT by Kate Radford, Performance, Current, 2,000

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FREEDOM, Photography, 2018, S £45 M £65 L £85

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Poem, Typography , Current, 100 Per Poem (unframed)

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VIDEOGRAPHY, Video/Audio, Current, £300

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Previous projects

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these are all the ways my heart can speak

22/11/2019 to 23/11/2019

This is a poetic installation, encompassing the different mediums used to explore poetic work. It includes individually typed long format poetry, visual poetry and illustration, and a collection of videography that includes original composition and music. This also co-incided with performance pieces to hear poetic composition. (San Francisco...

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San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Details

all the things they never told you

22/11/2019 to 23/11/2019

All The Things They Never Told You was originally commissioned by Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, November 2018. It was subsequently re-mounted at the San Francisco Art Institute (November 2019). It is a multi-sensory poetic installation, using poetry, ambient sound, guided vocals and visuals, to present a positive re-programming unit for women....

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San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco Details

DISPARATE YOUTH

23/02/2019 to 23/06/2018

(Award Winning) 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...

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Northlight Art Studios/Salem Mill, Hebden Bridge Details

DROUGHT

20/02/2019 to 24/02/2019

(Critics Choice Award Winning, LA) 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 subject to violence at the hands of male redemption, and how violence in our storytelling...

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VAULT Festival, London Details

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...

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Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge 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.

Contains all the poems i've ever typed, photographic collection 'FREEDOM', Framed...

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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...

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Hebden Bridge, Hebden Bridge 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...

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Half Moon Theatre, London Details

LILITH

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...

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Theatre Deli, Sheffield Details
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