Katharine Rabson-Stark

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Katharine Rabson-Stark works with ceramics, textiles and film, primarily concerned with examining her own identity and place in the world as a worker/mother/artist. She is a graduate from the Foundation Diploma at West Dean and was part of the first cohort on the Diploma of Arts and Contemporary Crafts programme. Katharine's original career was as a specialist in Strategic Development and Partnership Development within the University sector.  Prior to this she studied archaeology at Cambridge University and has also undertook a Masters in History of Art at Birkbeck. Katharine is an experienced mentor and coach via her work as a National Lead in School Governance and is current Chair of a Primary School Federation.

Research interests

  • Identity and making visible the worker/mother/artist trichotomy
  • The Domestic
  • Phenomenology 
  • 20th Century Art History
  • Arts Education / Arts Education Institutions

Katharine is currently investigating sources of funding to support research into the role of place in her creative practice and how working away from the 'kitchen table' in various differing locations may (or may not) be a influence for her creativity.  In addition, she is researching the establishment of the Edward James Foundation and West Dean College to gain insight into how it could evolve in a world where truly inclusive higher education is more and more required, whilst still remaining true to its historical roots.

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