Katharine Rabson Stark at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Katharine Rabson-Stark

Katharine is an artist who works with ceramics and textiles, primarily concerned with examining her own identity and place in the world as a worker/mother/artist. Following an archaeology degree, an MA in History of Art and a career in higher education in London, Katharine retrained. She was a student on the FDAD and then the DACC programme, concluding her studies in 2019 and has supported the teaching of the DACC since then.  During 2020/21 Katharine undertook her first artist residency at Hawthbush Farm in East Sussex and has since had two exhibitions showcasing the work from that residency as well as new work inspired by the Sussex landscape and associated materials research.

Research interests

  • Identity and making visible the worker/mother/artist trichotomy
  • The Domestic
  • Phenomenology 
  • 20th Century Art History
  • Arts Education / Arts Education Institutions

Katharine is currently investigating sources of funding to support research into the role of place in her creative practice and how working away from the 'kitchen table' in various differing locations may (or may not) be a influence for her creativity. In addition, she is researching the establishment of the Edward James Foundation and West Dean College to gain insight into how it could evolve in a world where truly inclusive higher education is more and more required, whilst still remaining true to its historical roots.

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