The Stove’s Curatorial Team is an art practice at the heart of The Stove. It is a constantly evolving experiment about embedding creativity within a community.
The Curatorial Team maintains within the culture of The Stove an open space for conversation and action. This is a space that is transparent, inclusive and accessible.
Stove practice is so integrated in the place that the question of ‘where is the art’ becomes active. Ours is an invisible art within currents of enterprise and civic activism. An enabling art, that widens possibility and change in society, one that values the creative spark and the need to innovate and create, holding the wellbeing of our community as its primary purpose.
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.
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.