Kate Davis is a Melbourne based artist and curator working at the intersection of art, education and community. Her experimental projects seek to make sense of a rapidly changing world by offering experiences that foster cross-cultural collaboration and exchange. Kate uses these experiences to examine systems of knowledge, power dynamics in digital spaces, methods of resistance and the accessibility of contemporary art.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art and Design (2010), a Graduate Certificate in Art History (2012) and a Diploma in Teaching (2013) from the University of Melbourne. In 2018 she 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 Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with the 12th Shanghai Biennale and led by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Yongwoo Lee.
Kate has held positions and organised projects in a range of environments, such as festivals, institutions, artist-run initiatives, community spaces and schools. This includes the Biennale of Sydney; Centrum, Berlin; the National Gallery of Victoria, Moreland City Council and Kids Own Publishing, Melbourne. Kate also founded Pavement Projects, a window box project space located on Hoddle Street; Melbourne’s major north-south arterial road. Kate has undertaken a number of international residencies, like 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 and a research residency at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei.
Recent projects include Despite Our Ruination, an exhibition featuring Adelita Husni-Bey, Hanne Lippard, and Lu Pingyuan, co-curated with Jenny Chen, Giulia Colletti, Thomas Laval and Viola Yip at SAFA Gallery as part of the Shanghai Curators Lab; Trade Route 55, a socially engaged artwork co-produced with Amie Anderson for MoreArt Public Art Show; To Master Your Mother Tongue an exhibition featuring Siying Zhou 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, published by the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts.
Collage à la Joseph Craig