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. Taking the form of exhibitions 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 Open Call to artists "JUNGLE" is currently live at katmapped.org. The submissions deadline for 'JUNGLE' is 14 March 2021. The submissions will be reviewed and curated and a new show will open in mid/late Spring 2021 on the katmapped.org site.
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. Several hundred artists submitted work from all over the world and from these submissions 50 artists' works were selected and showcased in the resulting exhibition online.
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)