Kate Davis is an artist and curator working at the intersection of art, education and community. Kate is based in regional Victoria.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art and Design (2010), a Graduate Certificate in the Arts (2012) and a Diploma in Teaching (2013) from the University of Melbourne. She has held positions and organised projects in a range of environments such as festivals, institutions, artist-run initiatives, community spaces and schools both within Australia and abroad. Recent postings include leading the artistic direction and management of Ararat Gallery TAMA (Textile Art Museum Australia) from April 2019 - June 2020 and being seconded to the Australia Council as an Exhibition Team Leader in the Australian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. Other organisations Kate has worked with include 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Acoustiguide, Art Gallery of NSW, Biennale of Sydney, Centrum Berlin, Kids’ Own Publishing, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Moreland City Council, National Gallery of Victoria and Shanghai Biennale.
In 2018 Kate was selected for the 4A Curators’ Intensive which was organised by the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and led by Joselina Cruz, Reem Fadda, Natalie King and Philip Tinari. In the same year, she was invited to participate in the inaugural Shanghai Curators’ Lab which was facilitated by the 12th Shanghai Biennale in collaboration with the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and led by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Yongwoo Lee. In 2018 Kate also undertook a research residency under the guidance of Professor Lin Hong-John at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei. In 2016 Kate completed an Affect Residency with CONGLOMERATE (Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline and Dafna Maimon) as part of Agora’s program for collaborative artistic practices in Berlin.
Recent projects include curating Let The World Burn, a solo exhibition by Paul Yore at Ararat Gallery TAMA; co-curating Despite Our Ruination, an exhibition featuring Adelita Husni-Bey, Hanne Lippard, and Lu Pingyuan at SAFA Gallery Shanghai; developing Trade Route 55, a socially engaged artwork co-produced with Amie Anderson for MoreArt Public Art Show; curating To Master Your Mother Tongue, an exhibition featuring Siying Zhou presented at Pavement Projects in collaboration with Otao Kitchen; and an essay on socially engaged art practice in Taiwan focusing on Wu Mali, Yao Jui-Chung and When Pigs Fly, commissioned and published by the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts.
Collage à la Joseph Craig