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Lady Kitt

Career Path: Artist
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I've been working as a self employed artist since graduating. For the three years immediately after graduating I worked as a Student Volunteering Coordinator at Northumbria Students' Union. I always knew I wanted to work in the arts, but it wasn't until I was at Northumbria that I realised what I really wanted to specialise in. I now work full time as a self-employed Artist showing work and creating projects all over the world, most recently at Saatchi Gallery, London and with the global art and activism movement Nasty Women.

What are you doing now?Lady Kitt

I'm an artist, activist, drag king & a mam. I currently have a solo exhibition called WORTH at PRAXIS Gallery in Newcastle. I'm showing pieces from my WORTH Project which includes portraits of pioneering contemporary women and non-binary people cut into genuine bank of England issue fifty pound notes. You can find more info about the project and exhibition here. I spend about 40% of my time doing research (which includes talks, lectures and workshops) related to art & activism and socially-engaged art. One of my current research projects can be found here.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

It was close to home, had some great facilities and when I came to the interview I was really impressed by the staff I met.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The best thing about the course was the professional practice module - it really helped me prepare for life as a self-employed artist. Having since met artists who have studied at institutions all over the world I think Northumbria is pretty unusual in the time and resources dedicated to this element of the degree.

How connected was your course with industry?

There were plenty of opportunities to make industry connections and find placements.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

I had opportunities to take on voluntary and paid work as an artist and project manager whilst at university and this has helped my professional career hugely.

What was the best thing about your course?

Professional practice, huge studios and being in Newcastle!

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Interestingly not really technical skills! The skills I take away are focused more on risk assessments and project plans, knowing what organisations/institutions are doing regionally and nationally, and that all important networking.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Being in Newcastle - it's an amazing place to work as an artist. Even though I now regularly work all over the UK I wouldn't want to be based anywhere else.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

The University staff will offer lots of opportunities to get involved in projects outside of your course - take up as many of them as you can! Especially national and international opportunities.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Can I use Emojis...?!

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