About Me

My work focuses on an amalgamation of art and anthropology, stemming from my time living and working in Kenya. This experience has been the main influence on my life and work, for art practice, research and lecturing.

My work is very much process led, reflecting themes of mortality through fragility, construction and deconstruction. I studied at Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College in London, and have subsequently carried out a practice-based PhD in Sculpture. I have exhibited nationally and internationally and gained awards from the Arts Council (ACE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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A selection of my most recent projects

'Above/Below' 2023

Bronze, wire mesh.
60 H x 40 cms diameter

'Vessels III' 2020-21

Clear Glass, distilled water, light.
25 H x 14 cms diameter (x 3 vessels)

'Vessels II Installation' 2020-2022

Green wax, wooden racking.
170 H x 450 L x 45 W cms

'Vessels II' 2020

Green wax, melamine shelving and brackets.
208 h x 86 l x 30 w cm

'Vessels I' 2020

Plaster, bronze powder, melamine shelving and brackets.
208 h x 180 l x 30 w cm

'Seeds of Time' 2020

Plaster, cloth, gold leaf.
38 x 38 x 100 cm

'Seeds of Change' 2020

10gmChallenge. This was a short collective project set up by Milwyn Bronze Foundry for the artists’ work to be cast into bronze, and shown at the Royal Society of Sculptors, at Dora House in London

'Fertility I/II/III/IV' 2017

Using Western symbolism to accentuate the idea of creation but also gradual decay through the erosion and intentional imperfection of the pieces.

'Yam Wall' 2016

An ongoing sculptural installation for the exhibition at the Uganda High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London entitled 'Reproduction'.

'Muramura' 2015

This bronze sculpture was made as a result of my artist in residency at the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation, Kasese, Uganda.

'Crucible 2' 2014

This installation consisting of four walls shows the viewer the construction of the piece in keeping with my practice as process-led.

'Inside Out' 2012

This installation consisting of four walls shows the viewer the construction of the piece in keeping with my practice as process-led.

'East West' 2011

This work has been part of an installation called 'Matter of Interpretation' (MOI) based on my recent research in Nigeria.

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My work can be seen by appointment at Spike Island Studios.

  • Spike Island Studios

    Sculpture Shed
    133 Cumberland Road
    BS1 6UX
    T: + 44 (0) 7788784648

  • 2023/24 Upcoming exhibitions / projects/ proposals

    ACEarts, Somerton, Somerset. Exhibition: ‘Casting Shadows’ with selected members of the Royal Society of Sculptors. 2 March - 6 April 2024. PV and Meet the Artists 2 March 11am to 1 pm

    Aesthetica Art Prize (Longlisted). Exhibition: York Art Gallery, York. 24 March – 4 June 2024

    Spike Island Open Studios, Bristol. My studio (38) opens for May Bank Holiday, along with others and special events. 3/4/5 May 2024

    MK Gallery Open Call 2024, Milton Keynes, UK (June - September 2024)

    Funding Applications for Research and Development - on going

Educational Work

Self-employed Artist/Educationalist/Researcher based at Sculpture Shed, Spike Island Studios, Bristol BS1 6UX

I am pleased to offer freelance/visiting lecturing in educational work/workshops/lectures


2023 External Examiner for PhD student (Fine Art) Loughborough University. Viva (Aug)

2020-ongoing Private 1:1 tutoring in Art/Sculpture, Workshops, and talks

2012-2020 Pangolin Editions Ltd. Modelling for Damien Hirst and other influential artists.

2009-2011 Course Co-ordinator FDA/BA Applied Art & Design (work-based) validated by Bath Spa University at Weston College (80%)

2006-2009 Associate Lecturer: HND Fine Art/FDA Applied Art & Design – teaching and writing the FDA document for Weston College/BSU 40%

2006-2007 Associate Lecturer: BA (Hons) Fine Art course, Bath Spa University (20%)

2005-2006 Associate Lecturer: HND Fine Art /1 Year Foundation, Weston College/BSU (60%)

2001-2005 Associate Lecturer: BA Fine Art Course Co-ordinator (for Bath Spa University College) and HND Fine Art, Weston College (60%)

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Public Lectures/Workshops

2023 Tremenheere Sculpture Gdns/Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall. Artist Talk: ‘Above/Below’ and Muramura (July)

2023 Spike Island Studios/Associates/staff: Artist Talk: ‘Dust to Digital’ about how digital tech is used in bronze casting ‘Above/Below”. In collaboration with Steve Russell Studios and Pangolin Editions Ltd. (July)

2022 Artist Talk: 'Together We Rise' at Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex curated by Jacquiline Creswell, Visual Arts Advisor and curator, an exhibition in collaboration with other members of the Royal Society of Sculptors.

2018 Spike Island Gallery, Bristol: 'I am making art' workshop base on the exhibition ’Thebes’ by Benoit  Maire (November)

2014 Artist Talk: Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation (RSF), Kyemihoko, Uganda, East Africa Workshop 'Objects of Value and the Bakonjo', Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation (RSF), Kyemihoko, Uganda, East Africa. Artist Talk and Research in Uganda at the art centre ‘32 Degrees East’, Kampala in collaboration with Makerere Univercity.

2012 Artist Talk: Wiltshire College, Trowbridge

2011 RWA, Bristol. Public Lecture: 'East/West'

2008 University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. Visiting Lecturer: 'Shared Perspectives'. National Art Gallery/ Cyprian Ekwensi Arts and Culture, Abuja, Nigeria. Public Lecture: 'Shared Perspectives'.

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Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation


Talks by Amarachi UK

2007 - 2010

Post Doctoral Research


Talks by Kate in Nigeria

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Email me at kateparsonssculpture@gmail.com or use the form below