Lady Kitt is an artist, researcher & drag king based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Kitt describes their work as "Mess Making as Social Glue, driven by insatiable curiosity about the social functions of stuff that gets called art". They use crafting, performance and research to create objects, interactions and events. Kitt often uses collaborative creativity to materially / conceptually / emotionally dismantle and mischievously re-craft systems which they find discriminatory, obsolete or just quite dull.
Some of the things that have happened as part of Kitt’s work are: super-sized origami boat races, policy changes & the creation of an international feminist art magazine for, and by, children.
Kitt is a co-lead for Social Art Network (SAN), trustee for Crafts Council UK, and a founding member of disabled artist led consortium Disconsortia
Kitt's work has been shortlisted for The Institute for Art and Innovation (Germany), “Social Art Award 2019”. Their work has recently been shown at Atlanta Contemporary (USA), Saatchi Gallery London (UK) and National Center on Restorative Justice (USA).
Kitt is Maker in Residence at Durham University 2020-22 (UK) and a recipient of an Arts & Heritage "Meeting Point 4" award (2021-22).
They are currently working with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (UK), AXISWEB (UK) and Centre for Artistic Activism (USA) on “(en)SHRINE”, an ACE and AHRC funded project exploring collaborative making as a catalyst for organizational development.
"Making is important.
Making, makes people happy. It creates space and time for talking, thinking, sharing and appreciating.
Making makes people…. Well, people. The spaces and relationships we form while making, are essential to human-ness. Each group has their own special approach, a particular way of doing things, a culture all of their own."