About Me

SUMMER 2020

Hello, how are you?

Much has changed from the start of the Spring when I was busy opening shows, designing with some superb artists, taking down an exhibition and making plans for the rest of the year and beyond. But luckily I have been busy…

working with young artists and activists from The Almeida Theatre in London to make some extraordinary art works on the Climate Emergency – Shifting Tides

illustrating a publication by Two Destination Language called FIELD notes, get your copy here, it is really beautiful and it contains writing by leading UK artists and thinkers full of hope, despair and ways we can do things better and differently. 

drawing like mad, keep an eye on the latest works for sale here

running FIELD an online conversational residency with Alister Lownie of Two Destination Language which has been an absolutely extraordinary experience

In August and September 2020 I am running private drawing lessons remotely from £40 per hour, if you want to find out more, please drop me an email

FIELD notes publication by Two Destination Language
SPRING 2020 — Two Destination Language opens TWO NEW SHOWS

Fault Lines and Lone Wolves, and Katherina’s second solo exhibition in six months Drawing Fault Lines!

@KatherinaRadeva  #DrawingFaultLines @Summerhallery

 

A L S O Don’t miss Staging Places Exhibition at Victoria & Albert Museum where my work on Declining Solo is part of this major Society of British Theatre Designer’s exhibition! Until 29 March 2020!

Hello! I am Katherina, most people call me Kat!

I am Set and Costume Designer for Performance, Visual Artist and Creative Collaborator. I work with some of the most exciting theatre makers of NOW!

Born in 1982 in Bulgaria I have a Fine Art Diploma from the National High School for Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and a First Class Honors Degree in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, London. I have been living and working in the UK since 1999.

I design for theatre, performance, contemporary dance, site specific events, interactive installations, outdoor shows, you name it I have probably done it! Or if I haven’t done it, I’d love to do it. My designs tour extensively in the UK, Europe and the wider world.

My visual art works are a vital part of my practice and are part and parcel of my design thinking. My recent paintings, prints and drawings can be found on my website but for older work, do get in touch. I make a lot and often have no time to upload it here.

I am also the Artistic Director of Two Destination Language together with Alister Lownie, an award winning theatre company which tours extensively around the UK and internationally. Two Destination Language makes visually striking and intellectually stimulating work about identity, belonging, politics and how cultures interacts and are defined in contemporary society.  @2destlang    www.twodestinationlanguage.com

Contact me here   Follow me on Twitter @KatherinaRadeva

AWARDS for shows I have designed or co-devised and directed:

2017- Total Theatre Award and The Stage Award for salt. by Selina Thompshon

2014- Herald Angel for Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch

2014- Total Theatre Award for Near Gone by Two Destination Language

2013- Pulse Suitcase Prize for Near Gone by Two Destination Language

2009- Rules & Regs- professional development, South Hill Park, UK

2006- Artsadmin Bursary Recipient for Early Career Artists

2005- Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design: Finalist

2003- Wimbledon School of Art Bursary- Prague for the Prague Quadrennial

Stage Designs

I design costume and set for theatre, performance, contemporary dance, site specific events and anything in between and beyond. My designs are often with companies and artists who make touring productions presented across venues and festivals in the UK, Europe, the Americas and Australia.

My designs are often simple and beautiful and my sense of colour and the dramaturgy of space and form is a running thread of my work. Design is form and in theatre I am often experimenting with that form and the language of design where aesthetic is not just for beauty’s sake but as a another narrator in the live performance. My designs are often environments which make the ordinary extraordinary.

Below are selected stage designs Get in touch- kat at katherinaradeva.co.uk

The Hairies

Chasm by Sophie Unwin

with bread by Leo Burtin
with bread by Leo Burtin

Class by Scottee

WhirlyGig by Daniel Padden

Stick By Me – Andy Manley

salt. – Selina Thompson

Declining Solo – Two Destination Language

Brothers Karamazov – Tron Theatre

Leaving – Curious Monkey

Manpower – Two Destination Language

Then Leap – Laura Lindow

Falling in Love with Frida – C Bowditch

Near Gone – Two Destination Language

Discontented Winter – Salisbury Playhouse

LANDED – Two Destination Language

Journey of a Home – Two Destination Language

Found
Found – Zendeh

Lay me down safe- SDT

Epic
Epic – Foster & Dechery

The Sphinx and the Books
The Sphinx and the Books – Lorena Rivero

Beautiful Blows
Beautiful Blows – Mayhem Company

Ill met by moonlight
Ill met by moonlight – Moon Fool

Glass Mountain
Glass Mountain – Trestle Theatre

Hungry Ghosts
Hungry Ghosts – Lost Dog

Veil
Veil – Horse & Bamboo Theatre

Linbury Prize for Stage Design
Linbury Prize for Stage Design

Performance

I have been making solo and collaborative performance work since 2005. During my time studying at Wimbledon School of Art, I met some of the most inspiring and pioneering performance artists who gave me the opportunity to think differently about what theatre and performance can be.  So, with Two Destination Language I do just that. Our work has won awards and is visually arresting and intellectually stimulating foregrounding issues of contemporary society.  Check out our work here!

As a solo performance artists past work includes

Fallen Fruit (2011) visited ICIA University of Bath, Colchester Arts Centre, Salisbury Arts Centre, Z Arts, Manchester as part of Word of Warning series.

Native Birds (2009) was developed at the Watermill Centre for Performance, New York (as an awarded residency) and performed at Artsadmin, The Albany and the Arts 4 Human Rights Festival (all London), Pilot (Birmingham), The Showroom (Chichester), The Basement (Brighton) and Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff). In 2009 I was awarded a Rules and Regs professional development residency at South Hill Park, Bracknell where I devised Kitty has no Pity – The Art of not giving up is a performance and a video work  about unfulfilled childhood dreams At Play South Hill Park (2012) and Hazard Manchester (2012). Earlier work includes Part and Parcel (2008) about lost rituals and traditions – Artsadmin (London); Water into Wine (2007) about folklore’s extinction – National Review of Live Art, Glasgow; Settling Dirt(2006) – East End Collaborations, Insomnia Bargehouse, London and Expo, Nottingham.

In 2017 I led a DIY Live Art Development Agency in Dublin, supported by Create Ireland exploring themes of otherness, identity and belonging.

I was a 2006 Artsadmin Bursary Recipient.

Fallen Fruit: Katherina Radeva