Kat Dawe Schmeisser

Kat Dawe Schmeisser

Director

Kat Dawe Schmeisser is founder of The Art Cohort.

I am passionate about championing emerging art and artists in particular supporting the commissioning of new contemporary art projects and exhibitions. I have always been creative…a maker, creator, doodler, collage-maker, decorator and ideas person.

My journey as a curator and a mother have equally influenced the creation of The Art Cohort, a space where artists can exhibit their art and people of all ages are invited into the space to get hands on with and experience art as a means to develop their own creative practice.

Judith Rodgers

Judith Rodgers

Curator

I didn’t do art at school, I thought it was for gifted people who could draw like angels. Iwasn’t one of those and was a little scared of it. I introduced more creativity into my life living in London and working in high intensity social care projects.

Working with people to enable positive change has significant purpose for me; my own journey and relationship with art reflects this and has been part of my personal transformation.

I took a foundation course and then a BA in Fine Art at Winchester. Subsequently I set up and developed NewRED studios in Salisbury, a collective that provides a platform for artists to develop and show their own work. It also gave space for me to develop my practice, hold exhibitions and create community participative events.

In 2017 I began an MA in Curatorial practice at Bath Spa University. As a curator, I combine an enjoyment of working with others and bringing together, bridging and exploring entanglements, materials and ideas. I am passionate about engendering new possibilities and perspectives. I believe everything and anything can hold potential for creative inspiration, including and maybe especially the everyday and seemingly ordinary.

 Jana Smith

Jana Smith

Educator and Invigilator

Jana is a professional childcare practitioner and educator with over 20 years experience working with children of all ages. Her passion for art started in pre-school art classes when she was a little girl so she would like to spark the same passion in others.

Jana runs pre-school and after school classes at The Art Cohort. She is a firm believer in learning through exploration and play, and as a qualified teacher (PGCE), she has seen the positive benefits of art on children’s wellbeing and self-esteem.

Practitioner: Paulo Baigent

Practitioner: Paulo Baigent

Artist, Designer and Educator

I’m Paulo and I teach Art and Drama at Newbridge Primary School and Batheaston Church School. I am passionate about self-led, creative experiences for children and adults. I believe that we can all express ourselves creatively through Art and I’m committed to enabling people to have the confidence and freedom to explore in the way they want to.

I also run Speak To Me Gabriel, an Art and Design company, producing paintings, prints, greetings cards and graphic design. I believe in Art, as in Life, we should follow our passions. As a result of this you’ll notice that much of my work is informed by my love of music. I’m also one of the founder members of the Newbridge Arts Trail and have exhibited work every year since its inception.

Practitioner: Vicki Horwood

Practitioner: Vicki Horwood

Sew Bath

The idea for Sew Bath grew from a love of showing this wonderful city to my toddler. His ever growing fascination with the buildings, bikes, hot air balloons and parks made me see Bath in a whole new way. I would stop to appreciate how beautiful Bath is and I would take so many photos while on our walks, never quite knowing what I would use them for. I’d always used drawing and sewing as downtime during nap times and in the evenings as it would bring a sense of calm during the busy-ness that motherhood can bring. Having always had a passion for machine sewing and textiles, I decided to use my photos of Bath as inspiration for my art which lead me to create Sew Bath. Using free motion embroidery, I use my sewing machine to draw with thread, using the needle as a ‘pen’ and using my hands to guide the fabric in any direction to create the picture. Minimalist in style, I work with black thread on cream cotton fabric, sometimes adding in a pop of coloured thread to highlight key details.