Found in the Fields print tray, Kathryn Parsons
Selected Residencies, Exhibitions & Commissions

2024 The Ground Beneath Our Feet – GroundWork Gallery on Tour at West Bay, Dorset. Group exhibition of work created as a result of last year's residency, plus the launch of the GroundWork Network. 31st May - 9th June 2024

2023 selected for The Ground Beneath Our Feet arts residency program with GroundWork Gallery, Norfolk (a gallery dedicated to the environment). My sugar and peat sculpture told of impacts of farming sugar beet on peat soils and the history of four fields and a nature reserve close to the Wissington sugar beet refinery, following conversations with ecologists and farmers. Exhibition of four months at GroundWork Gallery including talks and discussion events.

2023 Shock of the New at Gallery12, Stafford - selected exhibition

2023 Material Evidence exhibition with Ruth Singer, Loughborough

2022 Solo exhibition at Woodwalton Fen for the Festival of National Nature Reserves.

2019 (ongoing) Artist in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust. Research and creation fo new works, with community engagement including an art trail and exhibition. Raising awareness of the Trust’s work. With Sarah Lambert, photographer, and William Thompson, poet.

2019 Langdyke Stories, artist’s residency and community engagement with Art Pop-Up, in association with Langdyke Countryside Trust. Celebrating the wildlife, landscape, history, heritage, and the work of the Trust. I provided workshops and talks for 480+ and created a community artwork working with over 300 - building new networks & strengthening existing ones.

2018 Brief Encounters, residency with University of Leicester for British Science Week 2018, in collaboration with Gayle Price, the University’s Scientific Glassblower, focusing on DNA research.Exhibition at Newarke Houses Museum.

2017 The Collectors - six month residency with The National Centre for Craft & Design with commission to create a new body of work, exhibited at the Centre. Research with the Natural History Museum’s Principal Curator of Corals.

2016 Herbarium Finds - commission to create intervention for Derby Museum’s notice nature feel joy gallery

2016 Ten Ceramic Interventions By Ten Talented Makers, commission responding to Derby Museum’s historic porcelain collection. The resulting “Derby Impossible Cup” was inspired by a tiny 18th century cup and a piece of coral in their nature gallery.

2016 Found in the Fields, solo exhibition at The National Centre for Craft & Design, building on my work with the John Clare Trust. Collections of photography, porcelain, natural objects.

2015-17 Associate Artist with The John Clare Trust, including provision of a sculpture workshop for The Centre for John Clare Studies, Cambridge University.

2015 Concept, selected for exhibition of conceptual art at Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford

2015 Life Essence, joint exhibition at The Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery

2015 “Found in the Fields Triptych” - public art commissioned for The Stamford Arts Festival; a triptych of porcelain tiles with miniature porcelain plants inspired by local woodlands and heritage. With Art Pop-Up.

2014 UnEarthed: John Clare, Arts Council funded group residency and exhibition with the John Clare Trust, marking 150 years since the poet John Clare’s death. Research with the Centre for John Clare Studies, Cambridge University. Installation of over 100 porcelain plants and lichens in the garden of the Trust’s museum. Toured to Northampton Museum & Gallery and City Gallery Peterborough.

2013 Fresh Take @Burghley, selected for an Arts Council funded conceptual arts residency at Burghley House, Stamford, with Art Pop-Up. The two pairs of life-sized sugar shoes created as interventions in the House. Research focused on the Tudor roof turrets (built to include rooms for eating sugar), historic uses of sugar, and the tales of two women who lived at Burghley.

2012-13 Inspired By… 2012, selected for exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Selected Mentoring, Training and Workshops

2023-24 NatureCraft at Paston Farm Community Foundation. A year of funded workshops nurturing connection with nature and creativity. Based on Nature Connectedness research by Derby University.

2023 bespoke creative workshop for Natural England, exploring ways in which communities connect with nature

2022 Making Meaning Live - featured artist and workshop leader for online event with Ruth Singer

2021 Featured artist on Making Meaning podcast with Ruth Singer

2021 Artist Mentor for Sanctuary at Deeping Lakes art residency with Art Pop-Up and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

2020/22 online community engagement workshops for Back from the Brink 

2020 SPARK, with Art Pop-Up - research and development programme to gain better understanding of local barriers and exclusion to participation in the visual arts. Building relationships, running online workshops, facilitating and promoting engagement.

2018 Vivacity’s Must Farm / “Place to Be” school workshops - clay workshops for over 600 KS2 children focused on Must Farm and Antony Gormley’s “Place to Be”

2018 Masterclass for University Centre Rotherham art degree student

2017 Printmaking and sculpture workshops for Black to Green & Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, onsite at their nature reserves.

2016 miniature sculpture workshops for City College Peterborough, at a community garden

2015 Talk for Sponsors of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust.

2014 INSET training for teachers and support staff from three primary schools, including sculpture and sketchbooks.