Kate has worked as a Lecturer in Painting at La Trobe University's Mildura campus, and was a co-instigator with Filomena Coppola, of the whitecubemildura artist run initiative in Mildura.
Kate’s arts practice spans disciplines, including three dimensional works with paper (paper cuts), hand-made bobbin lace pieces and paintings that can only be acquired through a barter system.
The common thread in the artist’s choice of medium is emphasis on the handmade, valuing the individual’s role in production, creating intricate pieces that bring to mind the part that time and human labor has in contemporary life. Recent work pushes this idea further by playing with the concept of relative achievement: that a simple everyday act can be just as much of a struggle as winning a medal or making a great discovery, depending on the socio-economic and psycho-social position of the individual. Objects we identify as being monumental, and which are either produced using the ‘quiet arts’ such as lace making or which are modified, and presented in a way that makes them seem insignificant.
Kate Cotching has exhibited regularly in Artist Run Spaces and Public Galleries throughout Australia since 1997. She has been awarded the Australia Council Rome Residency, the Deacons Award Travelling Scholarship to Beijing, and a residency at 200 Gertrude Street in Melbourne.
Her work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, to name just two. She has also contributed to many community arts projects in Bristol, UK. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (painting) and a Master of Arts (fine art) from RMIT University. http://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/all/art-forum-kate-cotching
Disquietude trophy detail
During her residence, Kate will offer a number of community based initiatives including a small exhibition at Thirning Villa of works by Mildura based artists.
Kate also plans to hold a sculpture workshop for the community. Participants will be directed in making a soft sculpture or paper trophy to give to someone they know personally and admire.
Each ‘trophy’ will be photographically documented along with a statement about the intended recipient or their achievement. The work will be taken home by the participant and maybe presented to the person it is dedicated to. The documentation will be displayed publicly towards the end of the residency. The purpose of this project is to give people permission to stop and spend time thinking about qualities people around them in the community have, and to respond to this through a personal act – creating a small monument of their admiration.
1. Out of the Cube exhibition
at Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street Ashfield
Exhibition opening: Wednesday 9 September 2015, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Exhibition times: Thursdays – Saturdays, 10th to 19th September 2015, 12.30pm to 5pm
This exhibition, curated by AIR Kate Cotching will show the work of 10 Mildura artists who have exhibited at the whitecubemildura artist run initiative (ARI). Since opening in 2011, work by over 100 regional artists has been shown in over 190 exhibitions at whitecubemildura.
2. Soft Sculpture workshop
at Thirning Villa, 40 Arthur Street Ashfield
Monday 28 September 2015, 1pm to 4pm
Participants will be directed in making a soft sculpture or paper trophy to give to someone they know personally and admire.
Each ‘trophy’ will be photographically documented along with a statement about the intended recipient or their achievement. The work will be taken home by the participant and maybe presented to the person it is dedicated to.
The documentation will be displayed publicly towards the end of the residency. The purpose of this project is to give people permission to stop and spend time thinking about qualities people around them in the community have, and to respond to this through a personal act – creating a small monument of their admiration.
3. Frolic in the Forecourt - soft badge making
On Tuesday, 29 September 2015 between 12noon and 1pm in the Civic Centre Forecourt 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield. Artist Kate Cotching will facilitate an activity to make fabric badges that can be completed on the day and worn by the maker or given to someone special! A great activity for the kids on school holidays in between dancing along with Yoppy's Interactive Dance Show!
All materials and equipment will be provided. There are no costs to participate in this activity and bookings are not necessary.
For more information please contact Anthia Hart on 9716 1866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Artist in Residence (AIR) program has played an integral role of the Ashfield cultural community for more than 10 years with over 30 participating artists staying at the historic Thirning Villa in Pratten Park. Established in 2003, the first artist was Andrew Hull from Bourke in North West New South Wales. Andrew set the tone of the program with workshops for children and generous engagement with the community. Initially the program was for Australian artists only, but has since expanded to accept international artists as well.
Since the inception of the program, Ashfield Council has hosted painters, poets, songwriters, a puppeteer, film maker, photographers, sculptors, composer, musicians, textile artist, choreographer, writer, protrait artist, book maker, paper maker, letter cutter, choir master, traditional Chinese ink artist, weaver, printer and more.
Ashfield residents and artists have benefitted greatly from the program by engaging in workshops, artist talks, demonstrations, exhibitions and installations. The broader community continues to benefit from the ongoing development of the Council art collection with donations made by each artist.
The program is open to all art forms including but not limited to; visual, photography, film, theatre, performance, experimental, multi-media, sculpture, music and the literary arts with the focus being to provide artists with the opportunity to develop their practice.
The artist is to include a community development/engagement component in their residency program.
The AIR residency program is open to Australian artists who live outside the Sydney Metropolitan Area, and international artists. For the purpose of this program, the boundaries of the Sydney Metropolitan Area are defined as the Hawkesbury/Nepean River in the north/north west, and then the outer boundaries of the City of Penrith, Cambed Council, the City of Campbelltown and Sutherland Shire.
For more information phone Anthia on 02 9716 1866 or email email@example.com
The following artists have participated in the Ashfield Council Artist in Residence program.
Please contact Ashfield Council for more information about the Artist in Residence program.