Kate Davis (b. 1988, Sydney, Australia) is a Melbourne based artist and curator with 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 2016 Kate undertook Expanding Exhibitions: Innovative Approaches to Curating with Lauren Reid; and Creative Forms in Art Criticism and Writing with An Paenhuysen, both at the Node Centre for Curatorial Studies in Berlin. Kate’s passion for cross-cultural investigation and exchange has seen her travel to 50 countries, countless cities, and she has been lucky enough to call Agona Swedru, Berlin, Cartagena and London home.
Kate has exhibited and undertaken residencies in Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin, Athens, Taipei and Shanghai, at spaces such as Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Carriageworks, George Paton Gallery, Agora Rollberg, Kreuzberg Pavillon and the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts. With an interest in the intersection between art, education and community, Kate has held positions and organised projects in a range of environments, such as festivals, institutions, artist-run initiatives, community spaces and schools. Working at the National Gallery of Victoria as a Public Programs Representative (2014 - 2015), she developed a passion for curating and public programming. She then went on to be offered a position at the 20th Biennale of Sydney where she was an Artist Liaison and Venue Coordinator (2015 - 2016), before taking on a position as a Curator at Berlin-based project space Centrum (2016 - 2017). At the end of 2017, Moreland City Council commissioned Collective Care, a socially engaged public artwork that was developed with Hannan Jones for MoreArt Public Art Show.
At the beginning of this year, Kate was invited to undertake a curatorial residency at the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in Taipei, which has become an ongoing research project focusing on socially engaged art practice and the socio-cultural and political factors that have shaped it. In June Kate founded Pavement Projects, which is a window box art space in Melbourne. In August she was invited to participate in 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 November Kate will participate in the Shanghai Curators Lab which is being facilitated by the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with the 12th Shanghai Biennale, and will be led by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Yongwoo Lee. At present Kate is developing Trade Route 55, another socially engaged public art project for Moreland City Council, this time in collaboration with Amie Anderson.
Kate has previously worked as a freelance photographer, (and from time to time still does), and has had photos published in newspapers and magazines such as the Sydney Morning Herald, the North Shore Times, Taz Newspaper, Beat Magazine, Acclaim Magazine, No Cure Magazine and LOLA Magazine.
Collage à la Joseph Craig