Lady Kitt is a disabled artist and drag king, describing their work as “Mess Making as Social Glue”. Kitt works on long term, collaborative projects driven by insatiable curiosity about how art can be useful. Projects are usually punctuated by the creation of large-scale, vibrant installations / sites for exchange made from recycled paper, reused plastics and raw clay, which Kitt calls shrines.
Kitt uses crafting, performance and research to create objects, interactions and events with the wild ambition of dismantling / mischievously re-crafting spaces and systems they find discriminatory, obsolete or just quite dull.
Some stuff that has happened as part of this work is:
- Raw clay paddling pool dances (“Pleasure Imprints” 2023)
- Policy changes (“enSHRINE Project” 2020-on )
- An international, ecofeminist art magazine for, and by, children (“(small but) FIERCE” 2018-on)
Kitt is a trustee for Crafts Council and founding member of “kin collective” (North East Culture Awards “Newcomer of the Year” winner 2022). Kitt’s work has been longlisted for the 2023 Aesthetica Art Prize, shown at Atlanta Contemporary (USA), Saatchi Gallery (UK), National Centre on Restorative Justice (USA) and commissioned by Craftspace (“Drag Declares Emergency” 2022-23), Arts&Heritage (“This, our hive of voices” 2020-22) and BALTIC (‘Open. Bloom. Flourish. Nourish’, 2021).