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About Katy

Katy Swift is a Socially engaged artist and visual artist originally from Northumberland. She aims to create social and political change through collaboration with individuals, groups or communities through the creation of participatory art. Whilst her work is primarily dialogical, she often uses somatic movement and dance to discover how participants might express or communicate emotion using their bodies. 


Her current work responds to social inequality and seeks to reimagine our society, which feels increasingly important in the UK today. Katy has also spent time travelling around the world, gathering folk stories and learning from other cultures about how we might do a better job of caring for this beautiful planet. A keen environmentalist, she has recently completed an MA in Art and Social Practice where she focused on how ritual and creative practices in a community can help us to process our collective grief for the Earth.


‘At a time when it feels like we’re reeling from one crisis to the next, we need art to be for everyone: a sanctuary, a safe place to explore and experience the pleasure of creation.’