October 26 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, July 27, 2014
A major exhibition of work by an award-winning Hatfield artist has gone on display.
"It has been wonderful to work with UH Galleries and to be exhibiting in my home county. "
The University of Hertfordshire Galleries present Written in the Corners of Streets – a solo exhibition by Katie Aggett – at the Museum of St Albans until September 7.
Katie, 26, who lives in Hatfield and is currently artist-in-residence at Queenswood School, Brookmans Park, near Potters Bar, is a graduate of the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London.
Last year she won Eastern Approaches – an open exhibition organised by the Hatfield-based university for artists in East Anglia – and as part of her prize was offered a solo exhibition with UH Galleries.
Since winning in December, she has developed a new body of work for the UH Galleries space at St Albans Museum, in Hatfield Road, St Albans.
Katie said: “It has been wonderful to work with UH Galleries and to be exhibiting in my home county.
“I am pleased to be involved with this strong art resource in Hertfordshire as it is an area that often gets overlooked, when we think of artistic enterprise, being so close to London.”
Matthew Shaul, artistic director of UH Galleries, regards Katie as a rising star.
He said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with a talented emerging sculptor of the calibre of Katie Aggett.
“Our annual open submission exhibition, Eastern Approaches, continues to mark itself out as one of the definitive regional showcases for emerging contemporary artists.
“As overall winner in 2013, Katie Aggett’s exhibition is symptomatic of the wealth of artistic talent that can be found across the Eastern Region.”
A previous winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize’s Student Award, Katie’s work sits between the fields of sculpture and drawing.
She is interested in changing architecture and city spaces, particularly the clash of rapid developments and compressed urban environments.
Katie has previously exhibited with the Barbican Arts Trust and the Foundry Gallery in Chelsea, as well as designing two separate major public artworks for University College London.
* Visit www.katieaggett.co.uk for more information.