Kate Boucher
Metal Work Sculpture Textiles
Radcliffe Trust
Summer | 2015

Kate Boucher’s work combines charcoal drawings, handmade felt and forged metal structures to create representations of disquieting landscapes.

Kate’s award allowed her to complete the final year of study for a Master of Fine Art degree at West Dean College, internationally renowned for the study of Creative Arts and Conservation. Her award funded accommodation fees enabling her to be a residential student. Whilst Kate was studying at West Dean she exhibited and sold drawings and sculptures in five exhibitions including two in central London one of which she co-curated. Kate was also the Edward James Foundation Scholar, awarded for excellence and on graduating with distinction she was awarded the Valerie Power Prize for Visual Art for the student who made the most progress.

“The scholarship enabled me to not only take up the offer of a second year at West Dean, but also to be a residential student, a gift of time in which to immerse myself in my practice and take full advantage of the extended studio hours to create a body of work. I’ve learned so much in the last year and achieved things I didn’t think I was capable of, none of which would have been possible without the excellent tuition at West Dean College and the generosity of QEST and the Radcliffe Trust.”

Following graduation Kate was commissioned by The Edward James Foundation to produce a charcoal drawing of the West Dean landscape and this huge piece has been accessioned into the permanent collection which contains works by Leonora Carrington, Salvador Dali, Picasso, Rene Magritte and Marcel Duchamp. Her forged steel and felt sculpture, Comfort Blanket has been preselected for Fabulous, at Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester opening at the end of August and she is currently on a research trip to Tenerife which will result in an exhibition in San Miguel de Abona in September.