I am a freelance photographer and visual artist currently based in London, UK. I use this blog as a place to show work-in-progress, images from recent commissions, exhibition details, and other random bits and bobs.

Please visit www.kateelliott.co.uk for more examples of my work, and www.kateelliottphotography.co.uk for my commercial photography website. I am also one half of artist collaboration KEEM.




Friday, 8 July 2016

A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y Education Resources

Waking up to a set of Tate education resources popping through my letterbox was a good way to start the day. Please scroll to the post below, or click here, for further information about the project.

      Education resources devised in collaboration with Emma McGarry, commissioned by Tate London Schools and Teachers 2016
Photo © Kate Elliott

Saturday, 18 June 2016

A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y at Tate Modern

Emma McGarry has been working as Lead Artist for the Special Schools Preview of the New Tate Modern which took place on June 16th 2016. 

As part of the programme I was invited, as one of eight artists, to collaborate on an exchange, the outcome being a series of new learning resources, for use on the day and from now onwards.

Emma and I have worked together before, both as individual artists, and as artist collaboration KEEM. For our Tate exchange, we compiled a list of words that connect our two practices. We then individually compiled a 'mix-tape', with each song relating to one of the words, before sharing them with one another. From this exchange, the following resource was created: Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL. 


 Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL 
devised by artist Emma McGarry through an exchange with artist Kate Elliott


Devised by Emma, the Special Schools Preview - known as A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y - included a manifesto proposing YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL. On the morning of June 16th 2016 the doors to the new Tate Modern were thrown open to 3000 school students from across the UK as its first public visitors. 

On arrival at Tate, groups of school students were given one of the eight artist learning resources, each of which relates to a specific collection of works within the building. Our resource - Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL - connects to the Louise Bourgeois Artist Room in the new Switch House extension of the Tate Modern, where groups of students created their own 'mix-tapes', in response to chosen Louise Bourgeois artworks.

Alongside the resources, special events and activities ran throughout the day, and the soundtrack of our above exchange was shared through a silent disco. I wish I could have been there on the day to see!


 

 Photos © Emma McGarry

The other artists involved in the programme were Elisa Noguera Lopez, Skye Skyetshooki, Adam J.B. Walker, Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, Nam Tran, Ju Gosling aka ju90, and Hydar Dewachi.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

5 Broadgate

I have been photographing the construction of the new UBS headquarters at 5 Broadgate for coming up to five years. 

As a starting point, below is a shot taken during my first shoot, in August 2011, just before demolition of the previous building began, and a shot taken in May 2015 when the exterior of the new building had just been finished. 

 August 2011 © Kate Elliott
 May 2015 © Kate Elliott

Since last Summer, I have turned my attention to the interior of the new building, due to be handed over in August of this year - more to follow...

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Season's Greetings

Woman at Sensō-ji Temple © Kate Elliott

Wishing you all a fabulous 2016 full of opportunities and happiness

Friday, 4 December 2015

Christmas Print Sale

If you're struggling with ideas for what to buy someone (or yourself!) for Christmas, why not pick up a bargain-priced limited edition print!

15% of all proceeds will go to The Albert Kennedy Trust, supporting LGBT homeless young people in crisis.

Each image comes in an edition of 20, printed on 30 x 40 cm (standard frame size) archival photographic paper and priced at £40.

Prints are signed and numbered on the reverse.

For all purchases, and for further information about each of the images, please click here.

http://kateelliottphoto.blogspot.co.uk/p/prints.html#!/Christmas-Print-Sale/c/15426375/offset=0&sort=normal

*Please note, in order to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, all orders must be made by the end of Friday 11th December.*

Monday, 2 November 2015

Boxing Boys

I have just been sorting through some images in my archive and came across this project that I shot almost 10 years ago. The images feel very relevant to what I am currently working on so I thought it was timely for a post.  



 

All images © Kate Elliott

The above images were taken during an Amateur Boxing Association try-out in Thame, Oxfordshire. These boys start out young – as young as five – and in their pursuit of boxing are bound in a close-knit community. There is a huge pressure to succeed, but within the ring this macho passion contrasts with the boys’ youth and vulnerability. It was this contrast, that I was interested in exploring in my photographs.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Siobhan Davies Dance youth commission at The Photographers' Gallery

Last weekend a group of young performers, in collaboration with choreographer Freddie Opoku-Addaie, presented a dance piece developed using The Photographers’ Gallery’s camera obscura. A Siobhan Davies Dance youth commission, this piece was performed both within the darkened space of the camera obscura and in the public square outside the gallery. 

Below are a few images I took during the performance - Darkened Room: What do you see?

 
 

 All images © Kate Elliott

Friday, 9 October 2015

Translation in the Margins and National Poetry Day

I may be a day late but yesterday's National Poetry Day came as I was busily working to a deadline for a job I did last weekend for Writers' Centre Norwich, during which I photographed a day long symposium titled Translation in the Margins, at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon. My ears always seem to switch off when I am taking photos, but the snippets I did catch sounded really interesting.

I was also asked to take a few portraits during the day. The image below is of Writer and Poet Yrsa Daley-Ward who did a live reading from her self-published book bone. (I have since ordered myself a copy from Amazon!)


 Yrsa Daley-Ward © Kate Elliott


Click here for further information about the event.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Contemporary Portraiture at the V&A

A couple of weeks ago I ran a course on Contemporary Portraiture at the V&A. When I was first approached to put together a plan for the course, I was very excited to see it would coincide with a new display at the V&A called Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

Photograph by Bettina Von Zwehl from the series 'Made up Love Song', exhibited in Facing History at the V&A

 

Much of the thinking that goes into my work involves 'looking back', whether it be making historical references or a more personal exploration of the past, so I was pleased to be able to incorporate a discussion around how contemporary practitioners have been influenced by history into the course. 

Click here for further information about the course, and to see some of the photographs taken throughout the day.