"International superstar of feminism", Creative Debuts, London

"Powerfully emotive portraits"
Bob Osborne, Curator "Cash is King", Saatchi Gallery, UK
"Protests of beauty and celebration",
Corridor8
"In a single space, WORTH demonstrates the power of the collective to elevate voices, especially when channelled through the hands of an artist as conceptually and technically talented as Lady Kitt."
Chole Hyman, Femme Art Reveiw

Worth

2017-ongoing

Portraits celebrating, pioneering contemporary women and non-binary people.

"WORTH UK

 

This project celebrates women and non-binary people who work in male dominated fields / campaign for gender equality.
 

The series of portraits is inspired, by Caroline Criado-Perez's campaign to have more women represented on Bank of England issue notes. At the time of her campaign I was horrified by the abuse (including death and rape threats) Criado-Perez received.

 

The hand cut, paper cuts are made by cutting love heart shapes from genuine Bank of England issue £50 notes (or high value notes from other currencies- as close to the value of £50 as the exchange rate will allow), each one depicts a person who I feel needs celebrating. Some subjects are very well known some are not. 

Works from the series have been exhibited, sold and published around the world, including at the Saatchi Gallery (London), "Cash Is King" (published by Rebel Not Taken), and international public & private collections.

I am always delighted to find new subjects, I regularly ask for nominations via social media, but don't wait for one of those- if you know an amazing person who needs celebrating please get in touch!

Our Common WORTH- a few thoughts about the impact of the project; making, connecting, sharing and galvanizing.

Through making and sharing this project I want to give myself, and others, opportunities to imagine what society can gain from celebrating a wide variety of; people, achievements, stories. I believe the individuals we choose to celebrate can have a profound impact on our shared culture(s), on our ability to negotiate our own place within those and on the resilience of these cultures / communities. This is why many of the subjects are chosen by inviting nominations via social media- these are not just people who I admire, the choice of subjects are a reflection of my local and global community, an attempt to document, rejoice in and develop our common identity. The project is a series of intimate acts of making and public / collaborative acts of negotiating and sharing. The time, resources, thought and love that goes into each work is a testament to my admiration for the subjects and also dedication to the relationship I have with my community. The process of creating the individual works strengthens my admiration, my resolve, my sense of what I'm doing and why. By retaining the "cut outs" and exhibiting them alongside the portraits, I hope to expose a trace of these labor intensive and emotionally rich making, thinking and connecting processes."

Lady Kitt, 2018

The ongoing development
of this project has been generously supported by the following people, who have purchased works from the series / donated money to support the project:
 
For more info on how you can support the project please click: HERE

Exhibition images including Saatchi Galley (London), The Anti Art Fair (London) and PRAXIS Gallery (Newcastle)

Worth USA   Similar to the "Worth UK" project, I am creating a series of paper cut portraits on high value paper currency (dollars). This project includes people who are working towards creating a more equal society in America. Many (though not all) subjects actively campaign against the Trump administration, for example Roxanne Jackson, co-founder of the global art and activism movement "Nasty Women".

Events / exhibitions upcoming/ current:​​

"89 Ways You Are Worth More To Me Like This"

Purchased by Durham University Art Collection. For more info please click: HERE

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"105 Ways You Are Worth More To Me Like This" published inn"Cash is King-The Art of Defaced Banknotes",  by St Ives Publishing Company. For more info and to pre order please click: HERE

Events / Exhibitions past:

Complete first set of the series (13 works) will be exhibited at Lady Kitt's solo show entitled "WORTH", Nov 2nd-7th @ PRAXIS Galley, NE1 6QE. For more info click: HERE

"105 Ways You Are Worth More To Me Like This" exhibited at The British Art Fair 2018, for more info please click: HERE

Various pieces from "Worth UK" series will be exhibited s part of the Elijah Wheat Showroom (USA) curated booths at The Anti Art Fair, London (UK), October 4th-7th 2018. For more info please click; HERE 

 

"105 Ways You Are Worth More To Me Like This" exhibited as part of "Cash is King",  at Saatchi Gallery, King's Road, London, UK, SW3 4RY, for more info please click: HERE

"93 Ways You Are Worth More To Me Like This" exhibited at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. UK for more info please click : HERE

"105 Ways You Are Worth More To Me Like This" exhibited as part of "Empowerment"@ Black and White Building, London, UK on March 8th, 2018 for more info please click: HERE

Various pieces from "Worth UK" series, at Vane Gallery, Newcastle, UK, Friday 9th March – Wednesday 28th March, for more info please click: HERE

Various pieces from the "Worth UK" series, including a new work commissioned by Durham University,  exhibited as part of the Durham City Arts Festival in "I am a Nasty Women because..." exhibition, Alington House, Durham City, UK, June 14th-21st, 2018 for more info click: HERE

Two works from "Worth UK" series,  at TESTT, Durham, UK,  22nd March – 17th April,  for more info please click: HERE

"127 Ways You Are Worth More To Me Like This" was exhibited at the Nasty Women North East exhibition and at the Nasty Women International Conference. The work is now in a private collection in the Netherlands.

© 2019 by Lady Kitt