The art world’s newest visual arts agency Kath & Company will launch a new initiative – Art at Home – by presenting seasonal collections of affordable and original art by living artists with the aim to connect artists with new audiences. Kath & Company is led by leading art consultant and curator Katherine Wood who has worked with artists, galleries, and museums for more than 30 years.
To celebrate the launch of Art at Home, Kath & Company has invited 12 artists over 12 weekends to host a series of two-day exclusive selling exhibitions especially developed for the newly refurbished project space in Kath’s Twickenham home.
Inspired by Kath Wood’s lifelong passion to introduce artists to new audiences, Art at Home creates new opportunities for potential buyers to engage with artists in a relaxed working setting.
Art at Home’s exhibition programme will see contemporary artists exhibit their work in a different setting allowing for informal conversations between artists and buyers. Through such conversations artists and buyers can share insights into the artists’ inspiration and working practices. This exciting new project endeavours to demystify art buying, encouraging a wider view of the role of visual art in enhancing daily living.
Through Art at Home, Kath Wood shines a light on the potential art has as part of our domestic lives and interior design. The exhibiting artists’ works will demonstrate what an impact original artworks can have on our interiors.
The Art at Home project space was previously a 19th Century British Lion Beer house, shop, and tea rooms, until being converted for domestic living in the mid-1970s. It has recently been refurbished to showcase art in a domestic setting. The space will be used seasonally throughout the year hosting new projects, exhibitions and artist residencies giving the opportunity for people to engage with new art work and meet artists in a domestic context.
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Imagining original art for every room, the participating artists have created new work for Art at Home across a wide-ranging variety of media from paintings and sculpture to ceramics and textiles. Contributing artists include Effie Burns whose tactile and textile work made in glass uses everyday natural objects, while her inner alchemist transforms them through traditional techniques of casting, gilding and engraving into unique miniatures which fit into the palm of your hand; Ben Coode-Adams whose art forms include large-scale commissions to watercolour paintings; sculptor Jo Chapman whose unexpected geometric forms in her work take inspiration from the effects of time and the discovery of beauty in the unexpected; and Permindar Kaur whose approach to art is playful, using childlike objects to explore the territory of cultural identity, home and belonging.
Art at Home’s featured artists also include abstract hyperrealist painter Harvey Taylor whose work depicts paintings of the sea and treescapes; ceramicist Karen Densham whose interest in post-war factory which produced ceramic figurines has resulted in new personal collectibles for the homes that are remodeled into disquieting and poignant portraits; painter Judith Tucker who explores how we might be inhabited by our histories, memories, and experiences.
Dale Devereux Barker is renowned for his energetic colour palette and inventive subject matter working in acrylic and print; textile artist Sara Impey specialises in quilt making and takes inspiration from language, working in densely machine-stitched lettering, as she responds to the language generated by social and political issues. Annabel Dover’s small paintings and drawings are a complex mixture of scientific observation and tender girlish enthusiasm, inspired from archaeological illustration, anthropological research and social histories; Georgia Peskett takes inspiration from urban landscapes, commuters and streetscapes in her works in oil on silk; and Freddie Robins produces contemporary artworks using textile materials and processes, especially knitting, which she finds to be a powerful medium for self-expression and communication.
Kath Wood comments: “In our post Lockdown world, I want to attract and capture a new market and demographic of buyers for original contemporary art by providing a new relaxed meeting point in a real physical space. My vision is for Art at Home to become a bridge connecting artists with audiences.”
About Kath Wood
Kath Wood has worked in the UK visual arts sector for over 30 years. She began her career in Scotland – having been awarded the prestigious Scottish Arts Council exhibition traineeship to work at The Third Eye Centre (now CCA) in Glasgow where she curated ‘Other Frontiers’, an exhibition of four female artists from Canada.
Since 2012 Kath has worked in a freelance capacity with a wide range of organisations and individuals nationally and internationally. She has consolidated her practice to launch Kath & Company bringing together her freelance services with a new Art at Home project – offering affordable original art for the home.
Art at Home’s showcase space will be open throughout Saturday and Sunday with an artist workshop or talk. The exhibition programme is as follows:
w/c 31st July – Opening Taster Exhibition Host: Kath Wood introducing the Art at Home artists
w/c 8th Aug – Hosts: Annabel Dover and Karen Densham
w/c 15th Aug – Host: Effie Burns
w/c 22nd Aug – Host: Harvey Taylor
w/c 29th Aug – Host: Freddie Robins
w/c 5th Sept – Host: Ben Coode-Adams
w/c 12th Sept – Host: Jo Chapman
w/c 19th Sept – Hosts: Judith Tucker and poet Harriet Tarlo
w/c 26th September – Host: Sara Impey
w/c 3rd October – Host: Permindar Kaur
w/c 10th October – Host: Dale Devereux Barker
w/c 17th October – Host: Georgia Peskett
Art at Home
13 Sion road
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