Kay leading a workshop about String at ArtStarts 2017

Biography

Kay Slater is a hard-of-hearing, queer, multidisciplinary artist. An illustrator, preparator, sometime musician and creative problem solver, their artistic practice explores value as it relates to materials and expectations. Kay likes to explore concepts of worth using materials that are considered to be garbage or waste and to see what lengths are required to shift the change from trash to treasure.

Kay’s illustrations are playful and simple. Kay loves nothing better than the act of drawing and to creatively problem solve using illustration. Working with local and international artists, Kay works as a preparator in multiple spaces across the city. Benefiting from a rich network, spanning multiple galleries, Kay enjoys finding ways to share resources and efficiencies for artistic development.

Locally, Kay enjoys creating and maintaining safe, inclusive and accessible spaces where people can explore, learn, experience and create!

In 2016, Kay was invited to help facilitate the hosting of Queer ASL at Gallery Gachet and ArtStarts. Over the two years, they have delighted in hosting a queer and trans friendly environment for the classes whose students leave as new allies to the Deaf and queer communities. This relationship grew into something greater and now Kay hosts Deaf-queer Life Drawing/Art Making sessions around the city, providing a safe space for exploration and art making to a community that is underserved and hungry for inclusion.

In 2017, Kay hosted a free process-based art workshops for children under the age of 12 at ArtStarts where kids were invited to explore and develop critical thinking skills in an open environment using the Reggio Emilia approach. Kay is committed to expanding art making opportunities in the city where both verbal and non-verbal communication is used and where no one is ever turned away.

Kay subscribes to the philosophy of the New Sincerity which strives to “be more awesome”.

Positive keywords that best describe Kay are: Gregarious, friendly, passionate, creative, resourceful and energetic.

Interests: Accessibility, tea, technology, comics, design, art, sex & sexuality, macaroni & cheese, games, green innovation, open source, books, culture, and Vancouver.

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