Kate Pickering is a London based artist and writer. She is an AHRC/ CHASE funded PhD researcher in the Departments of Art and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, working on a practice based project. Pickering investigates Evangelical megachurches and their use of visual, theatrical and narrative forms to create a sense of embodied (dis)orientation in the congregant. Drawing on these (dis)orienting strategies, she writes and stages performative readings of fiction. Pickering graduated with an MFA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths College in 2009, and has since exhibited nationally and internationally. Her writing has featured in various publications, including Misery Connoisseur, EROS journal, Yellow Pages (Copy Press) and K[]NESH Space, and performed at Peckham Pelican, X Marks Le Bokship, Library Gallery (Winnipeg, Canada) and the ICA.

In addition to working individually, Pickering co-runs Peer Sessions, an Arts Council England funded peer critique project, with artist Charlotte Warne Thomas. She has also previously collaborated with artists Emily Rosamond and Steven Ounanian, producing text, performance, video and sculpture, and delivering public writing workshops as the School of the Event Horizon. SOTEH have taken part in live performances at ASC Gallery, Tenderpixel, TAP (Southend) and ART15 Art Fair. Pickering has talked publicly on her work and Peer Sessions in both galleries and educational settings, has teaching experience from Secondary level upwards, and has been a visiting lecturer/ tutor on Fine Art courses at Chelsea School of Art, Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam Universities. She has been a graduate teaching assistant on the MFA at Goldsmiths delivering workshops on writing and collaborative practice, will be teaching Critical Studies to BA Fine Art students and is working towards a PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Pickering is also artist in residence at Bexley Council Childrens' Services, working with children and young people in care to develop text based artworks, photography and video as a means for the councils to hear the concerns and raise the profile of children within the care system.

Current/ forthcoming:

September 2018 | 'The Baobab and the Megachurch' part of K[]NESH Space online publication 



2016 - 2021 | MPhil/PhD - Practice based research, Art | Goldsmiths, University of London (ongoing)

2009 | M.F.A - Masters in Art Practice | Goldsmiths, University of London

2005 | B.A. Hons. Degree Fine Art | Sheffield Hallam University

2000 | PGCE Secondary Art and Design | Bretton Hall, University of Leeds

1998 | B.A. Hons. Degree in History | University of Sheffield


Talks/ readings/ performances:

1st June 2018 | Wild Kind MARs (Mountain of Art Research) event | Goldsmiths, 43 Lewisham Way | Performance: The Fat Trunk of the Baobab

1st June 2018 | Story Telling for Earthly Survival a film by Fabrizio Terranova, featuring Donna Haraway, at Wild Kind | Goldsmiths, Professor Stuart Hall Building (Room LG-01) | Reading: Plot Holes

8th February 2018 | I Without Guarantees | Copy Press event, The Island Queen, Islington | Performance: Cell

25th November 2017 | Post-Truth & American Myths Conference, University of Essex | Paper presentation: ‘Bodily foundations: Enmeshments in the American megachurch.'

15th December 2017 | If On a Winter’s Night: 9 Artists, 9 Carols | St. Mary's Church, Walthamstow | Reading: Plot Holes

5th October 2017 | Immurement | Art Research Seminar, Laurie Grove Baths, Goldsmiths | Performance: Cell

23rd September 2017 | Collaboration in Question | ASC Gallery | Panel discussion on collaborative artistic practice for Future Refrains Exhibition

9th June 2017 | Endgames | GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar) Conference | Reading: Saline Solution

23rd June 2017 | Goldsmiths Art PhD installation series | Goldsmiths' Ben Pimlott Building Stairwell, Ground Floor | Performance: Empathy Structure

23rd April 2017 | If you fall asleep you will be woken gently | World Book Night, Goldsmiths Library | Reading: Saline Solution

10th March 2017 | TigerSprung | Goldsmiths Art PhD research symposium | Paper presentation: Roe vs. Wade and the Rise of the Religious Right

25th November 2016 | Speaking Through Stones | Goldsmiths Art PhD research symposium | Reading: Ballast

7th August 2015 | ‘Quality’ episode: You can’t win them all, Ladies and Gentlemen | Live radio show produced by Jenny Moore | X Marks the Bokship, London | Reading: Untitled 

21st May 2015 | EROS Edition VI launch | Art15, London | SOTEH performance: Akrasia

27th May 2015 | EROS Edition VI launch | Tenderbooks, London | SOTEH performance: Akrasia

7th November 2014 | ‘Happiness’ episode: You can’t win them all, Ladies and Gentlemen | Live radio show produced by Jenny Moore | Library Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada | Reading: Saline Solution  (Read by Sydney Letkemen)

3rd August 2014 | Liminal Space | TAP (Temporary Arts Projects), Southend | SOTEH reading: Lloyds. Get Your Own Whistle

26th June 2014 | before breakfast we talked about the furthest visible point before it all disappeared | Tenderpixel, London | SOTEH performance: The Oracular Sponge

31st May 2014 | School of the Event Horizon: Time-distortion Writing Workshops | Brockley Artists Village Launch, London | SOTEH writing workshop

4th April 2014 | TRIALOGUES: True Stories from the Event Horizon | ASC Gallery, London | SOTEH performance: True Stories from the Event Horizon


Solo / two person exhibitions:


New Work: Kate Pickering and Charlotte Warne Thomas | Bond House Gallery | London


FACT: Darren Harvey Regan and Kate Pickering | R O O M artspace | London


We Will Make A Way | Bloc Projects and Billboards commission | Sheffield

The Assistant (A response to Maria Fusco) | Peer Sessions @ Bearspace Gallery | London


Selected group exhibitions/ screenings:


Super-high-speed processing | MARs Exhibition Space, 43 Lewisham Way, Goldsmiths


 Imago Mundi | In collaboration with Daniel Dressel | Treviso, Italy


Speaking Through Stones | Goldsmiths Art PhD researchers @  St. James Hatcham, Goldsmiths

Tenderflix International Film & Video Competition | SOTEH @ The Horse Hospital, London

Experimental Video Art Exhibition 2016 (EVA) | SOTEH @ Tour of Thai Universities | Thailand


Art&Labour TV Channel | The Modern Language Experiment | Sluice Art Fair | London

Inside the Group, Expedition Medora | Kate Pickering, Peer Sessions & SOTEH @ Maximilians Forum | Munich, Germany


Who Thinks the Future? | Peer Sessions @ Lewisham ArtHouse | London

Liminal Space | SOTEH @ TAP (Temporary Arts Projects) | Southend

Experimental Video Art Exhibition, Thai-European Friendship 2004-2014 (EVA project) | Bangkok Art and Culture Centre | Bangkok, Thailand

before breakfast we talked about the furthest visible point before it all disappeared | SOTEH @ Tenderpixel | London

School of the Event Horizon: Time-distortion Writing Workshops | SOTEH @ Brockley Artists Village Launch | London

TRIALOGUES: True Stories from the Event Horizon | SOTEH & Peer Sessions @ ASC Gallery | London (Catalogue)


Post Post | St James Church, Goldsmiths College | London

Feedback | Peer Sessions @ Unit 4, Enclave | London

Misery Connoisseur Launch | Enclave | London

Opening Connections | Site Festival 2013, Stroud Visual Arts | Stroud 

Between the Lines: Exploring Language Systems | Axisweb online curated selection


Motorcade/FlashParade National Open | Motorcade/FlashParade | Bristol

EVA Retrospective Video Art 2012 | National Art Gallery | Bangkok, Thailand

ASSEMBLY 13 | Bloc Projects | Sheffield

Bread & Roses | Motorcade/FlashParade | Bristol

Collectible | Zeitgeist Art Projects | London

WORDS Performance reading and publication launch | Institute of Contemporary Art | London


Samvaad video screening | Espacio Enter Canarias Festival | Spain

Waiting For Suicidal Hares International Video Art Festival | Moon Event Space | Chongqing, China

Experimental video art 8 | Tour of Universities | Bangkok, Thailand

Sentences Bury Text Festival | Bury Art Gallery and Museum | Bury

Studio artist's group exhibition | Woodmill studios | London

Samvaad video screening | Shantiroad Studio Gallery | Bangalore Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) | New Delhi, India


Experimental video art 7 | Tour of Universities | Thailand

WORDS | Four Boxes | Krabbesholm, Denmark 

Murmur | Waterside Contemporary | London (Catalogue)

The Devil's Necktie | Woodmill Studios | London


WORDS | Am Nuden Da | London,  

MFA Degree Show | Goldsmiths College | London (Catalogue)

Group/Grope | Area 10 | London


Shifting States | Bearspace | London

Pure Balls | 222space | London


Objects in waiting | End Gallery | Sheffield

Beneath | Surface Gallery | Nottingham

EmergeandSee | Graduate film festival | Berlin, Germany


Coming Out | No. 9 Gallery | Sheffield

Are we nearly there yet? | Greenbelt Arts Festival | Cheltenham

Fine art degree show | Sheffield Hallam University | Sheffield


Publications | Press

2018 | Yellow Papers | Copy Press publication | Cell - Text by Kate Pickering

2015 | EROS Edition VI | Akrasia - Text and images by SOTEH

2014 | Who Thinks the Future? | Peer Sessions publication | Megachurch (Inverted) - Cover by Kate Pickering

2014 | point of divergence: before breakfast conversations | Tenderpixel Publication | Text and images by SOTEH

2013 | Misery Connoisseur magazine Issue 2 | London | Hyperkulturemia - Text by Kate Pickering

2011 | Review: 'Professions of Faith: Kate Pickering’s “Untitled (I believe…)” (2007/9) and “Untitled” (2009)' in 'Communions, litanies, rituals and apparitions' | Stephanie Bertrand | The Art and Worship Conference at The Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki & Interartive Online Journal

2011 | 'Review - FACT: R O O M, London' | Tom Trevatt | The Exhibitionary Complex (no longer available online)

2010 | Review: 'Kate Pickering- Axis artist of the month' | Julia Alvarez | Axis online resource for contemporary art (no longer available online)

2010 | Review: 'In The Studio- Kate Pickering' | Helen Sumpter | Time Out London No. 2074

2010 | Dual Mirage Artist's publication project | Hyemin Son | London and Seoul, Korea | We Will Make a Way and This Work - Images and text by Kate Pickering



2018 | Graduate teaching assistant | BA Critical Studies | Goldsmiths College, University of London

2017 | Graduate teaching assistant | MFA Fine Art Collaborative Public Seminars and Workshops | Goldsmiths College, University of London

2017 | Workshop facilitator with artist Laura White | Materiality | Goldsmiths College, University of London

2015 | Visiting lecturer | Fine Art HND | Birmingham Metropolitan College- Stourbridge Campus

2014 | Workshop leader | Talking About Contemporary Art | Peer Sessions @ Who Thinks the Future? | Lewisham ArtHouse

2014 | Workshop leader | Contemporary Art Discussion Workshop | Peer Sessions @ TRIALOGUES | ASC Gallery

2011 | Visiting tutor | Undergraduate Fine Art | Fine Art department, Nottingham University

2011 | Visiting tutor | PostGraduate Diploma Fine Art | Chelsea Art School, University of the Arts London

2005-2006 | Studio mentor/ associate lecturer | Undergraduate Fine Art | Sheffield Hallam University

1999-2001 | Secondary school art & design teacher | Sheffield


Peer Sessions | A nomadic crit group for artists

2009- present | Project manager and founder of Peer Sessions group for postgraduate artists and curators, including monthly peer critiques, gallery visits, screenings, reading groups, exhibitions and artist’s residency series

2017 | Curator/ project manager of Future Refrains, a Peer Sessions collaborative project, exhibition and event funded by Arts Council England | ASC Gallery | London

2016 | Presentation on Peer Sessions project and participation in round table discussion for Verge, University of Portsmouth’s B.A. Photography Exhibiton | Hoxton Arches | London

2016 | Presentation on Peer Sessions project for Channel Sundays, organized by Joscha Schell | Hamburg

2015-2016 | Peer Sessions collaboration with Studio Voltaire’s Associate Programme | Studio Voltaire | London

2014 | Project manager of Who Thinks the Future? A Peer Sessions project with curator Tom Trevatt | Part of Deptford X and ArtLicks Weekend, shortlisted for the Workweek Prize, and supported by Arts Council England | Lewisham ArtHouse | London

2014 | Project manager of TRIALOGUES, the second in Peer Sessions Residency series | ASC Gallery | London

2013 | Project manager/ curator of Feedback exhibition of the Peer Sessions members archive, and Peer Sessions first residency series | Enclave | London

2010 | Project manager/ curator of The Assistant series of exhibitions and film screening of Peer Sessions members | Bearspace Gallery | London


Artist's talks | Residencies | other:

2018 | Artist for Bexley Care Leavers Council relaunch project | Project with Jenny Molloy

2017 | Artist for Bexley Children in Care Council relaunch project | Project with Jenny Molloy

2015 | Artist for Young People’s Consultation @ Rotherham Children’s Homes | Project with Jenny Molloy

2015 | Artist’s talk | Fine Art HND | Stourbridge Campus, Birmingham Metropolitan College

2014 | Artists’ Residency (with SOTEH) | Liminal Space | TAP | Southend

2014 | Artists’ talk | Sixth Form Art Department | Thomas Tallis Secondary School | Greenwich

2014 | Artists’ residency (with SOTEH) | TRIALOGUES | Peer Sessions @ ASC Gallery | London

2012 | Shortlisted for Artists’ Commission Opportunity | Cornerhouse | Manchester

2011 | Back Drop : Peer to Peer artist research project curated by Monica Ursina Jager | sic! Raum für Kunst/Kunstpavillon | Lucerne, Switzerland

2011 | Artist's talk | Fine Art department | Nottingham University

2011 | Artist's talk | Roaming Room contemporary art tours | Woodmill studios | London

2010 | Artist's talk | Solo exhibition at Bloc Projects | Sheffield

2007-2010 | Art programme advisor and steering committee member | Bearspace | London

2006 | Artist's residency | St Thomas' Church | Sheffield

2005 | Starting Out | 6 day professional development course for emerging artists | Yorkshire Arts Space

2002 | Founded Tab studios | Sheffield City Centre