Department of Art and Art History Calendar

"Looking Through the Wrong End of a Telescope" a Lecture by Kate Davis of the Royal College of Art, London

Wooden boat illuminated by both an open window letting in daylight and fireside
Boathouse (heart), Kate Davis 2007 Mirror polished stainless steel, gold paint and fire. Installation for exhibition headhearthole during artist residency at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere


Kate Davis is a sculptor who lives and works in London and Edinburgh. She has an independent practice and additionally works collaboratively with Scottish artist David Moore under the banner of ME-WE Productions. She is currently a Senior Tutor (Research) and Fellow in the Sculpture programme at the Royal College of Art.

In 2007, Kate Davis was invited by Dr Robert Woof to be artist in residence alongside poets at The Wordsworth Trust the centre for British Romanticism where she developed the body of work headhearthole which culminated in an exhibition, a music event and publication. This established her work as simultaneously addressing the intellectual, the emotional and the sexual.

In 2008 she began working collaboratively with the Scottish Artist David Moore and formalised the relationship in 2010 by establishing ME-WE Productions. They are investigating ideas around authorship and the sacrifice of the ego in the production of collaborative artworks and events. 

Davis and Moore completed a major commission for the Dockland Light Railway working with Modus Operandi in 2010. This permanent installation, sited at Langdon Park Station consists of four artworks; an embedded drawing in the paving that commemorates and celebrates local personalities who campaigned for a new station, a text work running on the underside of the bridge canopy and a sculpture in two parts that run alongside both platforms. All the works are around the theme of belonging which emerged out of a series of community workshops. This led to winning the Water & Light commission at Riverlight, the new St James residential development by architects Rogers and Stark in Nine Elms. For this they have developed a large narrative work that spans the whole 5 acre site and will be completed in 2017.