Tuesday 24 April 2018

Introducing Jackie Kerr

135 artists featured in "Inside Job" which took place on the 7th and 8th of April on Level 6 of Tate Modern and was visited by over 3,000 people. The Rebel Magazine has been chatting to some of the Tate staff who showed their artwork. Today it's the turn of Jackie Kerr
Q) Where did you grow up and what kind of education did you receive? "I was born in Falkirk, Scotland and had a normal comprehensive school education before I then studied at Edinburgh Art College for a B.A (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, specialising in Printmaking. I then moved to Gorgeous Liverpool to study at John Moores University for my P.G.C.E Course in Secondary Art and Design Education."
Q) How long have you been working at the Tate and what's the best show you've seen there? "After I studied at John Moores University I then left Liverpool to teach in Leeds for 8 years as a Secondary Art and Design Teacher. I returned to the city I love, Liverpool, in 2004, and worked in various creative jobs as a Freelance Artist/Teacher, till I started working for Tate Liverpool as a Casual Visitor Experience Assistant in 2008 during their amazing Gustav Klimt Summer Exhibition. Therefore I am delighted to say it's now my TATE 10th Anniversary this Summer, so to speak!"
Q) What can you tell me about the work that you exhibited in the Tate Modern show? "First of all, can I just say I, and my wee family, were very delighted and excited to be included in your Staff Exhibition at Tate Modern. So thank you to all involved who organised, contributed and who we, from Tate Liverpool, met during your special weekend. For your great exhibition I was proud to exhibit a new acrylic painting and collage on paper entitled 'Grid Reference' which represents a journey taken and / or imagined through many of the cities I have lived in over many years."
Q) How can people find out more about your work - do you have a website or do Instagram? At Tate Liverpool we are a group of Independent, Freelance Artists who get together on occasions to exhibit Locally, Nationally and Internationally and therefore we are collectively known as 'SCI' or 'Soup Collective International'. "We have a website which is Art in Liverpool under the Artists' Section: http://www.artinliverpool.com/kerr-jacqueline-f/
Q) Is there anything you have to declare / do you have a favourite quote, thought or joke you'd care to share? From 'Nature Boy' by David Bowie......'the greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return...!' ('Moulin Rouge' Film Soundtrack version by Baz Luhrman is Magic!) Q) What's the best thing about working for the Tate? "I absolutely love our camaraderie here in Liverpool as I feel very lucky and priviledged to be surrounded and supported by my great colleagues who I regard as friends. After 10 years as a 'Casual' I am now delighted to be, from this January 2018 onwards, a Permanent Member of Staff as a Retail Assistant within our Tate Enterprises Shop so I'm even more happier to be employed by Tate.."
"Inside Job": An exhibition of art by Tate Staff will took place on Level 6 of the Blavatnik Building of Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG Click here to see You Tube footage of Jackie's work at the opening night of Inside Job.

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