The Curatorial Team (CT) is a group of creative practitioners who, together, provide the artistic direction for The Stove Network. The CT is represented on the Stove Management Team* by the Orchestrator, the Orchestrator is also a full member of the CT.
The Orchestrator – The Orchestrator leads the Stove Management Team in delivering the artistic vision of the CT. The role of Orchestrator is about facilitation and creative working across The Stove Network.
*The Management Team is made up of the Orchestrator, Operations Manager and Projects Manager and supports Operations across The Stove Network
Current Curatorial Team:
Katharine Wheeler – I am a Visual Artist with a practice that spans from observational painting and drawing to public and socially-engaged work and collaboration. I aim to be relevant, inclusive and inspirational. The past 4 years has been a fast track shift in my creative practice developing it from an independent process into a multi-disciplinary conversational practice with communities, groups and individuals across many sectors with multiple outcomes. I hope to bring tools and understanding of creative process and learning from 10 plus years of ‘making’ into large scale participatory work focused on process and co-creation.
Katie Anderson – My work is an embedded practice of settling, establishing projects alongside and as part of communities, creating work that has its foundations in a sense of place. I am often at once artist, curator, maker, participant, producer, citizen and explorer.
My projects include permanent public artworks, sculpture – with a particular interest in casting, hand-painted lettering and sound based installations. I’ve been involved in the Stove for a few years, and care deeply and passionately for the town and for the possibility, energy and enthusiasm shared by so many people I’ve met.
Kerry Morrison – I describe myself as a socio-environment artist as my work and collaborations examine social and environmental challenges within local contexts. With a transdisciplinary approach and embedded and responsive processes that build relationships, partnerships, and collaborative working, the art I/we nurture into existence is an art that addresses local issues with the aim to make a positive difference to human and non-human lives and the environment. My practice merges art with ecology and in 2015 I completed a PhD in Environment and Life Sciences: Exploring The Cultural Ecosystem Services Associated With Unmanaged Urban Brownfield Sites: An Interdisciplinary (Art and Sciences) Approach. University of Salford.
In 2011 I co-founded In-Situ, an arts organisation embedded in Pendle, Lancashire. I am also a natural beekeeper and in 2010 co-founded the natural beekeeping collective, Bee Friendly, in Todmorden. In 2018 I relocate from Todmorden to Dumfries and Galloway.
Martin O’Neill – As an artist and producer, I work with people to realise new projects, artworks and spaces employing an eclectic range of styles and disciplines from theatre, graphic design, film, music, poetry and installation. I don’t think of my practice as individualistic or self-seeking nor as an artist with a set discipline, working toward the pre-destined outcome – the rulebooks are never the same. It’s only in conversation and play do new projects emerge with the communities and people I work with. It may be a film, a play, a sculpture or a light installation – it doesn’t matter. As a curatorial member and Doonhamer I have always tried to bring the voice of Dumfries into the room, whether that be in the Stove or further afield. My practice is rooted entirely within the town – consistently trying to weave a new picture of Dumfries in a transitional phase of its history.
Matt Baker – Orchestrator I refer to myself as a public artist – the motivation for my work is to have an effect in the place for which it is made. Typically, projects develop over a sustained period of time, working collaboratively within communities and often involving other artists (musicians, film-makers, etc.) and research expertise (archaeologists, climate scientists, shipbuilders, etc.). I have been the City Artist for Inverness, Lead Artist for the Regeneration of the Gorbals and Resident Artist with the Govan Riverside Community. Too many years ago I became an artist in order to change the world – I don’t see any reason to deviate now.