I'm Kerri, an 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 and equity of access to creative process and learning.
For the past five years I have worked inside and outside educational 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). Recent themes have included: collaboration and interdisciplinarity, economies and ecologies of practice, feminist process, careers and work-related learning, DIY/DIWO/DIA, anarchic making and articulating life-wide learning.
I have designed and delivered lecturers, projects, workshops, research, mentoring and exchange with: football associations, community organisations, various 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, Middlesex University, Goldsmiths University, Birkbeck University, The Royal College of Art, Salford University, The Saturday Club, Winter Pride UK, Tottenham Hotspurs, Supernormal Festival, Bethlem Gallery, GRAFT Lancaster, 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 slow-development (currently paused) of a life-wide learning evaluative framework for University of the Arts London. This is part of a wider ERASMUS+ project with CLAN (Collaborative Learning Action Networks), a Europe-wide group co-designing open source infrastructure to support adult learners. Alongside this, I juggle work as a freelance educator and associate artist with UAL’s Careers and Employability Widening Participation team 'Creative Shift': designing workshop sessions, mentoring and facilitating student focus groups contributing to their core programme.
At the start of 2020, 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 the WY-FI network and The Basement Project in Huddersfield to developing a short performance from the groups lived experiences of recovery. You can view a video of the project: 'Making the Journey' here.
Please get in touch if you would like to 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 often travel throughout UK for work.
Details of my wider art practice with Sophie Chapman can be found at: sophieandkerri.com.