Lady Kitt is an artist, curator & drag king based in the UK.
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 co-lead for Social Art Network (SAN), trustee for Crafts Council UK, a founding member of disabled artist led consortium Disconsortia and a member of the ITAC (International Teaching Artists Collaborative) Climate Collective. In 2017 Kitt co-founded Nasty Women North East, the first UK based group in the global art activism movement Nasty Women (NW) and co-convened the NW International Art Prize in 2018. In 2022 Kitt will co-curate UK work for the Nasty Women International Survey Exhibition (Lyman Allyn Museum, USA).
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 2020-21 (UK) , a recipient of an Arts & Heritage "Meeting Point 4" award (2021-22) and was one of the 2020-21 cohort of "Constellations" artists with UP Projects and Flat Time House (London, UK).
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 policy change.
"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."