katmapped is a collaboration between artists James Stewart in Devon and Kate Trafeli in London, working in tandem to create thematic online open calls and build curated online exhibitions. The katmapped exhibitions are held online so that artists all over the world may participate without having to send physical works to one place - a major factor in deciding to participate in any group exhibition.
Taking the form of thematic shows at a dedicated gallery website katmapped.org and on Instagram @katmapped, Kate & James curate, showcase and share contemporary artists’ works, and explore other ideas for collaboration and promoting living artists.
The second katmapped exhibition "JUNGLE" is currently live at katmapped.org. Over 600 works from artists throughout the world were submitted to the curators, from which 40 works were selected for exhibition.
The first katmapped Open Call and exhibition, "You Are Here" opened in late 2020 and explored how the concept of maps and mapping, internal and external, inform artists' works. That show is also viewable at the katmapped.org website.
Why now? There is a stronger desire than ever for a way to share and find each other across the many divides that separate us. These unprecedented times are changing how and where artists work, show their work, and what they are creating in this uncharted world of closed galleries and museums during a worldwide pandemic.
By taking the @katmapped Open Calls online, there are not limits imposed by geographic location nor extended lockdowns. These are international opportunities, with a focus on the British Isles, as we work our way through these extraordinary times. There is no charge to artists or viewers participating in the @katmapped open calls and exhibitions.
A small selection of prior works exhibited in the katmapped shows is displayed below.
(Above L to R: Henryk Terpilowski ('Fragile'), Henny Burnett ('Last Map'), Tahira Noreen ('Touchdown') and Mark Clay ('A Crack In The Record', exhibiting artists - YOU ARE HERE international exhibition katmapped.org)