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My professional experience over the last 10 years, both in London and abroad, has been primarily in project management and creative production positions. This has led me to work with a huge variety of Art industry partners & clients, including some of the top emerging and established designers and makers in the UK, Sub-Saharan Africa and India and working with a vast array of people and disciplines, from artisans weaving in rural communities, to master ceramicists and cutting- edge furniture designers.Locked Pro Plan feature
My current role as a Project Manager finds me initiating collaborations and commissioning unique contemporary objects, live events & projects that are rooted in craftsmanship and narrative. Working with a network of over 130 makers all over the UK, it is my job to develop & deliver to a covetable list of accounts with high profile clients ranging from architects and design studios to brand partners.
Since 2009 I have worked as a design consultant collaborating with artisans in South Africa and Swaziland, building connections between developing world artistry to contemporary creative platforms. With the support of the Prince’s Trust, I set up Shake the Dust in 2012 when I moved back to London following my time living and working with creatives in Southern Africa. Since launching the business I have been invited to speak at Downing Street as a representative for Craft Design Entrepreneurs, to Buckingham Palace as a guest at the Queen’s Commonwealth Reception in 2013 and appeared in the Maserati 100, a definitive list of Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Responsible for the coordination of the annual Bushfire Swaziland International Festival of the Arts from preparation, sponsorship, contracting, Artist Liaison through to programming, marketing, copywriting and all press relations. Founded the first Bushfire Schools Festival in 2010, liaising and facilitating workshops for 40 primary and secondary schools across the country.
My experience in London prior to moving to Swaziland in 2009 was based predominantly in independent galleries and museums, primarily Kinetica Museum where I handled all aspects of arts administration and project management, from fundraising and budgeting through to artist commissions and management of events such at The Kinetica Art Fair.
Listed on the Maserati 100- recognising entrepreneurs who generously give their time and resources to support young founders. https://www.themaserati100.co.uk/
Grand Ideas Award winner in February 2013 for ethical design business Shake the Dust. http://shell-livewire.org/alumni/grand-ideas-award-winners/2013-winners/2013-february/katherine-shenoy/