Graduates 2021: Catherine Whiteoak: Inclusive Arts Practice

My MA degree show work focuses on my creative response to the Arts Research Project carried out last Autumn.

Please tell us a bit about your work and your influences

Influenced by the experience of delivering these arts-based research workshops remotely, due to the pandemic, my creative response focuses on the experience of the remote connection through screens and how this impacted on making meaningful connections with materials, participants, and spaces. The work is influenced by artists as diverse as May Ray and Bridget Riley.


How have you found your course and time at Brighton?

Doing the MA course during a pandemic has been a huge challenge but it has also been beneficial for me, personally, to have the course as a focus and distraction. I was off work for 5 months during the first lockdown, so this was an unexpected period to devote almost entirely to my studies. However, I did miss the interaction with fellow students and the connection and conversations that might have taken place. Luckily, during the first year I was able to take part in face-to-face workshops with Rocket Artists for the Working Together module and at the Tate Exchange for the Participatory Practice and Creative Exchange module, both invaluable and hugely rewarding learning opportunities.


How did you choose your course – why did you choose to study IAP?

As soon as I saw the IAP course I decided to apply, this was a late application and very spur of the moment, (I only got my application in 3 days before I was called for interview!)  I felt that the course encapsulated all my areas of interest whilst providing a different challenge and an opportunity to bring my diverse professional skills and experience, combined with my creative practice, into a new direction.


What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to develop my professional practice as an Inclusive Arts practitioner and collaborate with others on socially engaged projects that involve arts-based practice and research with marginalised groups.

Watch Catherine’s work:

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