Katie Ness

Education/Artist training

BA HONS Fine Art at the University of central Lancashire (Graduated with a 2:1)
Video, Dance performance and room installations.

Skills: Final Cut Pro editing, Basic Adobe Premiere, Basic Sony Vegas, Ulead Video Studio, Audacity, Basic Photoshop, PowerPoint, Microsoft word.

Collage, Illustration, general sketching, painting and shading techniques.

Alongside directing a team and managing exhibition spaces.

One year of Photography at the University of central Lancashire (2006/07)
Dark room photography, studio lighting.

The Blackpool sixth form: A Levels in Fine Art and English Literature (2004/05)
As Levels in Psychology and Fashion Textiles.

Diploma in keyboard and Typing.

St Mary’s Catholic High (2002): GCSE Grade B in  Fine Art.

plus important humanities subjects that inspire my practise: English Literature, English Language, Religious studies,

German and Psychology

CRB checked.

Further Training

Health and Social Care 20 week training qualification, Plymouth City College: Forthcoming July 2013

Champissage (Indian Head Massage) accredited (CMA, ABT) Level 3 Practitioners Diploma, Natural Therapy Studio : June 2013

Understanding Psychological Trauma Certification, BroadReach House Plymouth: May 2013

First Aid at Work, 3 day training with St John’s Ambulance: Forthcoming.

Aspergers:Understanding the Syndrome, Plymouth City College: November 2012

Paediatric First Aid: Plymouth Goschen Centre, 10/08/2012

Emergency First Aid: Plymouth Goschen Centre, 06/08/2012

‘Attik Dance’ Workshop leadership training, Devonport Plymouth April 2012

Work Experience

Installation Artist/Illustrator/Assistant to Polish Animation Artist Tonia Sol Gandalfson, 2013

Barnardo’s Children’s Charity. Collage making workshops/Art as therapy/recreational support worker/Play worker. Plymouth, March 2013

 Barbican Theatre. The World at Your Feet Production. Assistant Stage Manager/Costume Design and Alterations/Volunteer and Cast co-ordinator/Marketing Videographer, Plymouth June-August 2012

Jon Roberts. Assistant to photographer on an Urban Decay and Tonia Couch photo shoot, Plymouth June 2012

Jon Roberts/DoRunning/ProDirectSport. Lighting and Camera Assistant. London February 2012

Teaching Assistant/Play Worker at Downham School in Plymouth for children with special needs/Art and Play therapy Jan-June 2012.

Blackpool Council Arts and Tourism. Events and Dance Performance July 2011
FYCreatives and Supercollider. Curating and Exhibiting. January 2011 on-going until June 2011
Showzam Festival of Circus, Magic and new variety. Promotions and events organising 18th-27th February 2011

The Harris Museum, Preston. Archiving, tour guide 15th February- on going until June 2011
Joy school, Dajing, China. English teacher using art, music and games April- August 2010
Lytham ST Anne’s Art centre. Gallery Assistant, Receptionist, Art teacher 2009

The Voice newspaper Cyprus, Promotions and events Organising summer 2007


 Volksfest 2013 festival: ‘Fine Line‘ split screen video and ‘Maya’s Rapture’ (short). Plymouth, Devon 2013

Art 8 Newquay Festival:  “Fine Line” split screen video. Newquay, Cornwall. April 2013

Room Installation/ Interactive Animation “Tegan” collaborative project with Tonia Sol Gandalfson, Plymouth 2013

Cube Cinema “Where are all the women, They’re at the Cube!” exhibition, “Pomegranate” video collage/performance, Bristol June 2nd 2012.

UCLAN Fine Art Degree show at The University of central Lancashire “Maya’s Rapture”. Hanover building Preston, June 2011.

FYCreatives and Supercollider, Blackpool “Moving Memory” collaborative exhibition Blackpool, April 2011.
UCLAN “Misshapen Chaos of well seeming forms”, collaborative group exhibition, Hanover building Preston, January 2010.
FYCreatives Blackpool “shell” Video/ballet Piece, solo exhibition October 2010.

Commissions and Publications

Sarah Kay’s Poetry Tributaries. Illustration “I see the moon”. USA, New York, February 2013

Cake Illustrations for “Carts of Cakes” Cup Cake Business. Warwickshire, February 2013

“Darcie meets a Mermaid” Educational Children’s book for Early Years/Special Needs (English with Makaton Symbols), to be Published with blurb. Plymouth, Forthcoming 2013

“Happy Harry” Educational Children’s book for Early Years (English to Spanish), Published with blurb. Plymouth, June 2013.

The world at your Feet/Barbican Theatre memory book. Co-editor, Organiser and  Designer. Plymouth, September 2012

 FluffyButterCupcakes Website. Tea and Cake Illustrations commission. Plymouth, July 2012

Belly Dance Vogue, Featured Dancer “Desert Rose” Dance and culture.  USA, 24th May 2012.

“Creative Activism: 3 inspiring women artists” Article. Geeked Magazine/Arts and Literature. London, April 16th 2012.

“A tree with many branches” (exploring the meaning and history of Oriental Dance) Article, Geeked Magazine/Arts and Literature. London, Feb 14th 2012.

“Isabella Likes to Laugh” Educational Children’s book for Early Years (English to Greek Cypriot), Published with blurb. Plymouth, December 2011.

“Creative Activism”/ Art journals www.daneldon.org. USA, 2007

Video /Performance Art Projects

 Art Director and Co Editor (Summer 2012) Amrita: Churning the sea of Milk. Collaboration with Photographer Jon Roberts. Split Screen performance Video [Digital Video] Devon. Forthcoming.

Art Director and Editor (June 2011) Fine Line. Collaboration with Actor Nicola Hardman Video, performance installation [Digital video] filmed in Liverpool. Produced in Plymouth 2012.

Director and Producer Katie Ness (June 2011) Maya’s Rapture. Performance video/room installation [DV Video] Hanover Building at UCLAN.

Director and Producer Katie Ness (December 2010). Ancient Love/Sinister Grains. Wall Projection [DVD Video]

Hanover Building at UCLAN.

Director and Producer Katie Ness (December 10th 2009) Shell: A Ballet. Dance Performance [DVD Video]

Filmed at Blackpool and the Fylde college, Edited at the Media Factory UCLAN.


Additional Information

Collaborative projects:

Despina Chrysanthou. Actress/Poetess. Illustrator and Editor for Bi-lingual Poetry  book. Plymouth/Cyprus Forthcoming 2013

Kat Adela Skrucha. Graphic Designer/Architect/Artist. Co-Editor and Designer for The World At Your Feet Book. Plymouth August 2012

Mark Edmondson. North West Photographer/Videographer. Video/dance performance “The dance of the Tigress” Preston 2011.

Nicola Hardman. Actress and Musician. Art Director and Editor of “Fine Line” performance/Video, Liverpool 2011.

Jon Roberts. Professional photographer, www.jonroberts.co.uk in Plymouth 2010/11

Jennifer Cadger. Glaswegian artist, www.jennifercadger.wix.com/experimental-materiality. Video/installation/documentary “Heat in the Streets”, Preston 2009

Amanda Littler: Fashion photographer, www.amandalittler.co.uk Wigan 2007/08

Mark Byrne: North West photographer, www.markbyrne.co.uk Bolton 2007/08

Stage Performance and Promotions:

The Mind, Body and Spirit Festival. 3 Belly Dance routines. London, May 2013

Newquay Arts Festival, Art8. Arabic/Drum Solo. Cornwall, April 2013

Attik Dance community Platform. Tribal Fusion Dance. Plymouth, February 2013

Tiverton Balloon Festival. Two Arabic Dance performances, South West, Devon August 2012

3 Wishes Faery Festival/Karen Kay Events “Froudian Dance” Tribal belly dance. Mount Edgecumbe, Cornwall June 15-16th 2012

Cube Cinema: Celebrating feminism and female artists “PomegranateBristol. June 2012.

Attik Dance Fund raiser. Gypsy Belly Dance/The Dance of Freedom. Plymouth. April 2012

Tidal Beats, Dance Performance and promotions, Blackpool September 2010

Al Marconi Spanish/fusion guitarist. Dance performance, Newton Abbot June 2010

Ceder Tree, Lebanese Restaurant. weekly Belly Dance Performer, Preston 2009

Habibi’s Lebanese Restaurant. Weekend Belly Dance Performer, Larnaca, Cyprus 2007-2008


Art Therapy

Art Journals/illustration

Video art/editing

Raqs Sharqi/Oriental Dancer in Cyprus and the UK, 10 years

Ashtanga Yoga



References are available upon request.