Kat Pengelly is a Ballarat based artist who draws on local and international experience to provide artistic services ranging from conceptual development and project management, to hands on creation of artwork and performance. She works for a broad client base from council to the education, private and corporate sectors. As a studio artist she paints, creates artful outfits and devises conceptual art.
With twenty years of experience working in the Arts Industry, Kat has undertaken arts and cultural research; numerous artist in residencies for community groups and schools (preschool to tertiary); festival administration- director and curator; and cultural exchange, Australia and China (1998).
Kat launched her artistic, self-titled fashion label at the Art Gallery of Ballarat in June 2011 which included a solo exhibition entitled Launch Pad featuring two fashion collections and the first pair of shoes she has made. Her artful outfits incorporate sculptural and conceptual processes and are often presented as performance art. The Art Gallery of Ballarat acquired one of Kat’s works from Launch Pad for their permanent collection.
A successful applicant of many grants, Kat received significant funding from the Regional Arts Fund (administered by Regional Arts Victoria) to produce ‘Feeling the Ceiling – Fashion for Rock Climbers’, a fashion concept show inspired by rock climbing for the 2011 Nati’ (Natimuk) Frinj Festival. Located 20kms from Horsham in the Wimmera region of Western Victoria, Natimuk is situated near the foot of renowned international rock climbing destination Mount Arapiles. ‘Feeling the Ceiling’, named after a climb at Arapiles, was tailor-made for the Nati Frinj to celebrate cliff-face fashion and the integration of climbers into the small rural town of Natimuk. Frockies and Rockies united as aerial performers dropped in from the ceiling with fashions modeled on both a runway and in-situ climbing wall. It was a sellout show with over 300 in attendance.
Kat works from Artful Fashion HQ which is part of an arts hub that is gaining momentum on the corner of Skipton and South Streets in Ballarat. The hub includes: Cornerstone Cafe, Barbarona Vintage Clothing, Tilly Mint and Vintage 219. You can visit Kat by appointment at Artful Fashion HQ.
Phone: 0439 398 159