I'm Kerri, a self employed visual artist-researcher-educator. I work through horizontal, convivial modes; putting experimentation, affirmation and mutual aid at the forefront of any encounter. I approach learning contexts as an artist and utilise active, heuristic and asset-led approaches to try new things, co-produce or reflect on lived experiences.
In 2018, I became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice Art, Design and Communication from University of the Arts London after teaching across disciplines within their careers team for over two years. I have a current DBS check and am particularly interested in the politics of collaboration, play and equity of access to creative learning.
For the past five years I have worked inside and outside education and cultural institutions - advocating for experiential learning, inclusive infrastructures and critical engagement. I often work across ages (5+) and abilities (Foundation to PhD and outside formal learning), short and/or long term, in large groups as well as in one to one contexts. Recent themes have included: collaboration and interdisciplinarity, economies and ecologies of practice, careers and work-related learning, experimental making and articulating life-wide experience - explored through co-devised performance, filmmaking, gamification, sculpture and construction, reflexivity, creative visualisation, participatory workshops and 1:1s.
I have designed and delivered lecturers, projects, workshops, research, mentoring and exchange with: football associations, community organisations, clubs, charities, universities, artist-led spaces, galleries and museums and shared research and practice at conferences and symposium. Organisations I have contributed to include: University of the Arts London, The Other MA, Middlesex University, Goldsmiths University, Birkbeck University, The Royal College of Art and Salford University. The Saturday Club, Winter Pride UK, Tottenham Hotspurs, Supernormal Festival, Bethlem Gallery, GRAFT Lancaster and Jamboree. Ebor Studios, a-n, UP Projects, Tate Exchange, Mansions of the Future, The National Association of Fine Art, Paradox European Forum for Fine Art and more. I have received grants, commissions and awards from Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired, East Street Arts, Huddersfield University, a-n, Artquest, Lewisham Arthouse and Artsadmin. I have also been involved with various self organised initiatives including The Common Projects, KINGDOM and the Antiuniversity.
Through 2019 I started work as an independent researcher on the development of a life-wide learning evaluative framework for University of the Arts London. This framework forms part of a wider project which I have been involved with over a number of years - REBEL (Recognising Experience Based Education and Learning). REBEL's aim is to develop open source tools and resources that recognise and accredit anyone's experiential learning in line with European and UK education standards. Its initial phases were funded through ERASMUS+ and University of the Arts London and the work co-produced through CLAN (Collaborative Learning Action Networks), a EU wide alliance of organisations and practitioners from across adult learning, community activism and higher education. We are currently fundraising towards 'touring' the reflective card set (below) - introducing these to other groups and organisations ('training the trainers') and developing digital tools to log and support folks learning journeys.
Since leaving my full time post, I have continued to work as an associate artist with UAL’s Careers and Employability Widening Participation team 'Creative Shift'. I now work intermittently designing workshops, mentor on their professional programme and facilitate/report on their termly student focus groups, the learning from which shapes their core programme.
At the start of this year I began to work in partnership with CIC Life Experience: co-producing transformative creative projects within the context of crime, recovery and addiction. January through March we had the privilege of working with WY-FI network and The Basement Project (Huddersfield) to develop a short performance reflecting folks lived experiences of recovery with a self-selecting group of beneficiaries. Unfortunately the work produced was never performed due to social distancing measures however, you can view a video of the process here: 'Making the Journey'.
Please get in touch if you would like to start a conversation, know more or are interested learning design, delivery or infrastructure. I am open to invitations to contribute to programmes, co-deliver/design sessions, visit groups and courses or work on longer-term projects, commitments or roles.
I am currently based in Skipton, North Yorkshire but have my own transport and often travel throughout UK for work.
Details of my wider art practice with Sophie Chapman can be found at: sophieandkerri.com