Join us for a conversation with artist Katie Surridge in the Production Space workshops at STEAMhouse.
Building from a simple invitation to think through what making means to her we’ll talk about rediscovering ancient techniques, how to make your own iron, modern mining, turning electrical waste into sculpture, what it means to make our own tools, and explore the idea of the AMATEUR – what this word means and the makers journey Katie has been on.
This is part of a series of events with leading artists, designers and makers held in the Production Space workshops at STEAMhouse and has been developed through a collaboration with Eastside Projects. The programme aims to open out new thinking and develop collective conversations around approaches to making.
Katie’s practice often combines her metalworking skills – acquired over three years at the National School of Blacksmithing, studies with masters of the art in Japan, and archaeologists and metallurgists in Ireland – with public engagement. She has an aversion to modern technology and so allows her interest in folklore, and stories or skills from the past to inspire her material choices, and making techniques. She is increasingly keen to be able to control the whole process of her making, from sourcing or processing raw materials, to manipulating them in to final art works.
In 2022 she was awarded the DARE Prize through which she is collaborating with scientists from the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds and the Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials to explore extracting metal from e-waste using microbes.