It is with sadness that DADAA farewells inaugural Gallery Manager and Curator Katherine Wilkinson.
Katherine Wilkinson first worked with DADAA in 2012 when she was appointed as the emerging curator for the groundbreaking Here&Now13 exhibition at UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Katherine brought a unique understanding to the work of artists with disabilities, and a supportive, encouraging and critical eye to the project artists’ work and the way they told their stories to audiences.
Katherine continued to grow her practice as she moved on to other projects and productions but always kept in touch with DADAA, often including studio artists in the projects she worked on. DADAA’s move to the Old Fremantle Boys’ School brought the exciting opportunity to establish a new gallery and Katherine was the perfect person to help us through the design, resourcing and creation of the inaugural program of exhibitions, as well as forging connections and partnerships with organisations such as the Fremantle Biennale and Perth Festival, and artists from across Australia.
Katherine has grown as a curator and a producer, and is a passionate advocate for inclusive practice and community building. She is leaving DADAA to pursue opportunities for large-scale productions and projects and we are really excited to watch what she does next. Though Katherine will continue to collaborate with DADAA in the future, we will miss her enormously, and we want to say a huge thank you for her invaluable contribution.
image: Trinity Williams, Portrait of Katherine Wilkinson, 2019, Tombow Dual Brush pens on paper.