In With The Old

Kitty Finer

In With The Old with Kitty Finer is the fifth instalment of Common Ground 2018–19

In With The Old is inspired by the Kitty’s grandmother, Jean who would tell her stories and create costumes with her as a child. Imbedding in Kitty a curiosity and passion for intergenerational story-telling, which is present throughout her current practice.

Jean is Kitty’s muse. Despite having dementia, is still a very significant and inspiring force in her life.



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17 June – 31 August 2019


In a recent residency, collaborating with elderly residents in care, Kitty realised how the drawings and paintings being produced could be seen as works of contemporary design, taking inspiration from dementia art therapy sessions to create a starting point for her residency at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, In With The Old.

Aimed at engaging with and including young and old audiences, Kitty and collaborators Alex Brenchley, Joe Hales, Lauren Godfrey, Men in Sheds and MK College students will bring a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring themes of memory, legacy and story-telling to create an ‘intergenerational scene’ in Milton Keynes.

Kitty will create a functioning installation and shop front within Milton Keynes Arts Centre gallery, acting as a swap shop of vintage and second hand clothing; visitors are invited to bring an unwanted piece of clothing with a story attached, in exchange for another item on the rail.

Through workshops led by Kitty with care home residents, drawings and doodles will become the inspiration and key influence in a series of designs created by MK College students with guidance from graphic designer, Joe Hales.

Continuing from these sessions, a selection of designs will be printed onto tee-shirts, creating a new fashion label inspired by the elderly, designed by the young and worn by all.


In celebration of the fashion label’s launch, Kitty’s mother and artist Marcia Farquhar, will perform an autobiographical cat walk show, Acts of Clothing, and together mother and daughter will host Auto-Bar-Ogrpahies – inviting guests to take part in an evening of story-telling and performance. 





Background


Kitty Finer is an artist and entertainer. She writes and paints by day and comes out at night to sing songs, host bars and entertain. Kitty studied art in her home town, London before moving to Bristol and then Glasgow where she joined bands and ran night clubs.

Kitty’s art and musical careers became increasingly intrinsic, leading her to merge her disciplines to create the now infamous Artists Behind Bars; celebrating spontaneous structures of hospitality for artists and public who share an interest in the (part time) role of bartending.

Further reading
kittyfiner.com




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