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Katherine Kennedy


Katherine Kennedy is a Barbadian artist and writer. She graduated with a BA in Creative Arts (First Class Hons.) from Lancaster University, UK, and has exhibited widely locally, regionally and internationally. Since 2011, she has worked for the Fresh Milk Art Platform in Barbados as the Communications and Operations Manager, and has contributed to ARC Magazine of contemporary Caribbean art as a Writer, Editor and the Assistant to Director. Through these platforms, she has coordinated and co-managed programmes such as six editions of the Caribbean Linked residency & exhibition programme at Ateliers ’89, Aruba, and the Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE) international video, film and new media exhibition.

Katherine's visual practice is heavily tied to a sense of place, using interplay between organic and inorganic materials and imagery to interrogate the spectrum of belonging and displacement in different environments or cultural contexts. She has undertaken projects and residencies at the Insituto Buena Bista (IBB), Curaçao (2012); The Vermont Studio Center, USA (2013); Casa Tomada, Brazil (2013); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany (2014); and Punch Creative Arena, Barbados (2019 & 2020). Her written work has been published with platforms such as Sugarcane Magazine (Volume 1, Issue No. 3) and Robert & Christopher Publishers in the A-Z of Caribbean Art (2019). Curatorial credits also include exhibitions commissioned by the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados, and in 2021, she was selected for the CCCADI Afro-Caribbean Art Curatorial Fellowship. She is currently a part-time history/theory tutor in the Division of Fine Arts at Barbados Community College for the BFA in Graphics and Associate Degree in Visual Arts programmes.

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Arts CV


2008-2011       Lancaster University, England: BA Creative Arts (First Class Hons.)

                          Specialized in Fine Art and Creative Writing 

2001-2008       Harrison College, Barbados


2021-Present   Part-time Tutor, Division of Fine Arts, Barbados Community College, Barbados

2012-Present   Communications & Operations Manager, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados

2016-2018        Acting Director, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados

2013-2018        Editor and Assistant to Director, ARC Magazine, St. Vincent & the Grenadines


Exhibitions (Artist):

2024                Pebbles Bloomed into Islands, Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies

                         Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

2024                Resilience: Black Women Artists, Queen's Park Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados

2023                Philia, The Holy Art Gallery, Athens, Greece

2023                A Seat at the Table, Queen's Park Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados

2023                Here Comes the Sun, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada

2022                trinidad+Tobago film festival 2022, Port of Spain, Trinidad

2022                Exhibition at Wa Na Wari, Seattle, USA

2022                #FutureForward, Queen’s Park Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados

2022                WOMEN (only), BROUHAHAART, Online Exhibition

2022                Here Comes the Sun, The Art Gallery of Burlington, Ontario, Canada

2022                Feral Neighbourhoods, FAYD (formerly FLORESTA Mag), Online exhibition

2022                Colours of Hope, The Rotunda Gallery, Red House, Trinidad & Tobago

2021                The Clement Payne Golden Square Freedom Park Bench Project, Bridgetown, Barbados

2021                De-Colonisation, Presented by Artists Alliance Barbados, The Embassy of Argentina, Barbados

2021                The Longest Night, The Montpelier Arts Center, Maryland, USA

2021                #social2021, CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea

2021                Innerscapes, The Frame & Art Co., Barbados 

2021                Transformation: Objects and Images in Relation, The Clemente Gallery, New York City, USA

2021                Atlantic World Art Fair, Booth curated by Sour Grass Curatorial Agency, Artsy

2020                InSitu, Facilitated by Punch Creative Arena, Flower Forest Botanical Gardens, Barbados

2020                PAST PRESENT FUTURE, The Brighton Storeroom, Barbados

2019                'The Big Reveal', PunchIN 3 residency showcase, Punch Creative Arena, Barbados

2018                Artistic Interventions, The Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Barbados

2016                Rum Retort, Tobacco Warehouse, Greenock, Scotland

2016                Las Antillas para los Antillanos, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, USA

2016                Caribbean Linked IV Exhibition, Ateliers ’89, Aruba

2016                Quaternary: Four Barbadian Female Artists, Gallery NuEdge, Barbados

2016                Digital, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Jamaica

2015                TVE - Transoceanic Visual Exchange, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados;

                         RM, New Zealand; Video Art Network Lagos, Nigeria

2012                Re-Coded: New World Narratives in 3-D, Queen’s Park Gallery, Barbados

2011                39Degrees, The Old Truman Brewery, London, UK

2011                39Degrees, Lancaster University’s BA Fine Art Degree show, Lancaster, UK         

Exhibitions (Head Curator):

2023                ONE BIG PAINTING: Alison Chapman-Andrews – 80 Years of Seeing, Queen's Park Gallery, Bridgetown, Barbados

2021                QUINTessence: (5)5 Stages of Change through Barbados' National Collections, Online exhibition,

                         Commissioned by the National Cultural Foundation, Barbados

2019                Social Geometry: Expanded Drawing Practices by Barbadian Artists, The Queen's Park Gallery, 

                         Bridgetown, Barbados 

Exhibitions (Co-curator):

2022                ONE BIG PAINTING: Alison Chapman-Andrews – 80 Years of Seeing, online exhibition commissioned by

                         the National Cultural Foundation, Barbados

2021                TVE - Transoceanic Visual Exchange 4, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados;

                         TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica

2019                TVE - Transoceanic Visual Exchange 3, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados;

                         CACHE space, Beijing, China; Alice Yard, Trinidad & Tobago

2018                Caribbean Linked V Exhibition, Ateliers ’89 and Caya Grandi, Aruba

2017                TVE - Transoceanic Visual Exchange 2, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados;

                         Footscray Community Art Centre, Melbourne, Australia; Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

2017                Resonance, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados

Artist Residencies (Participant):

2018                PunchIN 3, Punch Creative Arena, Barbados

2014                Three month fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

2013                fresh casa, Casa Tomada, Brazil

2013                One month residency at The Vermont Studio Center, USA

2012                Creatives in Conversation, Instituto Buena Bista, Curaçao

2012                Five Days of Play, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados

Artist Residencies (Coordinator):

2022                Caribbean Linked VI, Ateliers '89, Aruba

2012-2020      Coordination of artist residencies and community outreach programming for local, regional

                         and international artists at The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados

2018                Caribbean Linked V, Ateliers ’89, Aruba

2016                Caribbean Linked IV, Ateliers ’89, Aruba

Conferences/Panel Discussions:​

2024                Exhibiting artist at the 2024 Black Feminisms Forum, hosted by the Black Feminist Fund at Wyndham Grand Resort,

                         Sam Lord's Castle, Barbados

2023                Moderator for panel discussion 'Exploring Art as a Tool for Change' at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society 

                         in collaboration with the UNDP Accelerator Lab

2023                Curating Practices in the Caribbean, Roundtable Panel Discussion hosted by The St Andrews Centre

                         for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the new online MLitt module Caribbean Cultures and Heritage

                         (University of St Andrews and University of the West Indies) and the project Shared Island Stories Between

                         Scotland and the Caribbean: Past, Present, Future

2022                Moderator for artist talk between Pascale Faublas and Kia Redman, Causeries en Virtuel #5 for the 

                         Archipelago exhibition presented by Le Centre d'Art, Haiti

2022                Participating artist in the 'Artists Talking to Artists' series of panel discussions, moderated by Dr. Therese Hadchity

                         and presented by The Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, UWI Cave Hill Campus, 2022

2021                Co-discussant in the virtual CCCADI 'Curators in Conversation' series alongside curatorial fellow Jade Foster

2021                Hosted the artist talk for the exhibition 'Reimagined: Unspoken Bodies & Spaces' featuring work by

                         Barbadian artists Alanis Forde, Anna Gibson and Akilah Watts, 2021

2017                Tilting Axis: Curating the Caribbean at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands; participant

2016                Tilting Axis: Caribbean Strategies at the Pérez Art Museum Miami; participant

2015                Tilting Axis: Within and Beyond the Caribbean – Shifting Models of Sustainability & Connectivity,

                         at Fresh Milk, Barbados; participant and co-organizer

Awards & Fellowships:​

2021                Participant in the CCCADI Afro-Caribbean Art Curatorial Fellowship

2014                Honourable mention for the Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing, Trinidad & Tobago

2014                Recipient of a Res Artis ResSupport Fellowship to Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

2012                Recipient of a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, USA sponsored by the Reed Foundation

2008                Recipient of a Barbados Government Scholarship for tertiary education

2007                Recipient of the Irving Burgie Award for Excellence in the area of Literary and Creative Arts

2006                Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Literary Arts in the National Independence Festival

                         of Creative Arts (NIFCA)

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