Kate Davis


  • Kate Davis is primarily a sculptor whose practice includes performative lectures, video, drawings, texts and objects; which are often all brought together in the same exhibition. Her work addresses issues of the heart, mortality and desire. She was made a Fellow of the Royal College in 2009 and is presently External Examiner at UWIC, Sunderland and Wimbledon (MA).

  • Biography

  • Kate Davis studied at Hertfordshire College of Art, Falmouth School of Art and the Slade, London. She has received numerous awards; including the Sydney Water Sculpture Prize; the first Jerwood  Drawing Prize; the Sargant fellowship at the British School of Rome; the Stanley Picker Fellowship and the Young Artist of the Year Award at Whitechapel Gallery, London. She has taught extensively throughout  the UK, exhibits nationally and internationally; and is currently represented by Fred[London]. 

  • Practice

  • Kate Davis was selected by Dr Robert Woof to be artist-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust in the Lake District in  2007/08; which culminated in the exhibition and publication headhearthole. It was after this experience that she began to work with the Scottish artist David Moore; and they formed ME/WE Productions in 2009. To date  they have collaborated on three film and sculptural projects in the UK and abroad and are currently working on a landscape project together.

    In 2010 Davis completed a large commission for Langdon Park, a new Docklands Light Railway station; working with Modus Operandi and the DLR. She worked closely with the architects and the local communities to produce three large scale-works; which have  been permanently installed and integrated into the architecture of  the station. These include: Whoosh a mirror-polished, stainless steel sculpture in two parts; Round Turn & Two Half Hitches, a drawing made up of steel studs embedded in the paving; and a single text work be-longing, which is installed on the underside of the bridge canopy.

    Davis is currently engaged with completing a series of  life-size drawings  of sculptures of women depicting female emotional characteristics that have been sculpted by men over history. The series began with Bernini’s Ecstasy of St Teresa and she is currently  working on Michaelangelo’s La Pieta.

    Solo Exhibitions

    headhearthole, Wordsworth Trust, 2007/08.

    Lull, Fred[London], 2009.

    Kate Davis & Roy Voss, The Russian Club, London, 2010.

    Group Exhibitions

    Window, Mulberry Flagship Store, London.
    Basta! Landerspie, Gutlug Gallery, Frankfurt.
    Arnolfini ME/WE.
    Berlin ME/WE.

    Collage London/New York, Fred[London].
    Travelling Light, WW Gallery, London/Venice.
    Con-fig-ur-ation, Collyer Bristow, London.

    , Harewood House, Leeds.

    Exhibition Catalogues

    Davis, K. (2008) headhearthole, London: Wordsworth Trust & Fred[London]

    Davis, K. and Julie Westerman. (2010) The Friend Transmission: HOST, Sheffield: Artwordspress

    Performative Lectures

    Some References to Red... University of Wales Cardiff

    Crossing-closing, Transmission, Sheffield
    Red Extracts, Moth, Museum of Art Oxford

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    Selected work