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My name is Katie Smith and I am a socially engaged artist; I use this blog to document, reflect, share and connect.

I have over 10 years experience of working in the public sector within the field of participatory arts as a freelance practitioner, trainer, project manager, consultant, writer researcher and social artist.

Since 2002 I have worked with a diverse range of partners including museums and galleries, primary, secondary and special schools, early years settings and organisations, mental health service providers and users, supported housing residents, gypsies and travellers and migrant communities.

Child centred teaching pedagogy has been a major influence in my professional practice and I am a passionate advocate of enquiry based learning. I was very lucky to have spent many happy years supporting schools through the Labour Government’s flagship creative teaching and learning programme Creative Partnerships and am currently an associate of Futurelab at the NFER.

Over recent years the focus of my creative practice has been to explore the opportunities and challenges that digital environments create for artists. I am particularly interested in developing and researching artist-led projects that use social media to challenge traditional models of participation in the arts. I have formalised this research through a major post graduate project and creatively through 3 pieces of my own work:

We found Art
I Would Like to get to Know you Better
Artist Swap Box

I’m thrilled that this work has received interest nationally from a-n and the National Society of Education in Art and Design it continues to shape my current creative practice in new and innovative ways.

I am the co-founder of Creative Communities, a not for profit company, whose mission is to help communities, individuals and organisations create social and economic good by bringing together creativity and technology.

You can find links to my Photos on Flickr, thoughts on Twitter and my ongoing project We Found Art on Tumblr by visiting my online portal here.

If you would like to contact me please click on the tab at the top of this page.

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