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Caitlin Shepherd

“The more radically I get it wrong when imaging the analog of your inner state in myself, the less I succeed in understanding yours. The less I succeed in understanding yours, the more the coordination of our actions must depend on convention or force or detailed verbal agreement”

︎ Adrian Piper, 1991, p.726

“The most Gothic description of Capital is also the most accurate. Capital is an abstract parasite, an insatiable vampire and zombie- maker; but the living flesh it converts into dead labor is ours, and the zombies it makes are us.”

︎ Mark Fisher, 2009, p.19

“It seems that there are at least two ways of thinking of listening in terms of political action: listening together with others in order to become aware of your own conditions…and listening as a willingness to change them through collective effort. The willingness can be actualised in terms of political organising, protesting or simply getting involved in some kind of social struggle…”

︎ Lucia Farinati & Claudia Firth, 2017,p.21

Hello reader, welcome! So, a little bit about me. I'm an artist, researcher, and educator. I use print design, sound installations and built structures to explore and listen to personal stories of everyday life, with particular interest in lived experiences of multi-ethnic class identity, working conditions in the creative and cultural industries (CCI’s) , precarity and socio-economic inequality.  I have a background in socially engaged art and activism. Alongside working as an artist, researcher and educator, I’ve co-founded and directed award winning campaigns at This is Rubbish (2010 - 2015) and worked as a campaigner at Oxfam (2012 - 14).

On April fool’s day (2022) I become a Doctor. My praxis examines how intersectional working-class experience is excluded from socially engaged art and design (and the creative industries at large), and how convivial listening practices might help to better understand and challenge such exclusions.

I see teaching as an integral part of my creative praxis. It’s a space where I get to explore new ideas and enter dialogue with, and learn from students and peers. I draw on slow design and participatory learning principles, using teaching and learning methods such as critical reflection, engaged pedagogy, and sharing stories of everyday life. I have a PgCert distinction in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication (2021).

Alongside my praxis, I'm unit leader and senior lecturer in contextual and theoretical studies at LCC, University of the Arts London. I’m module lead on the Falmouth Fine Art (online) Sustainable Strategies module. I also tutor on the Interaction Design Communication MA at LCC. I’m currently (2020 - 2022) academic lead on the Shared CampusSummer School, Hacking Global Pop Icons.

I’m a twin from a low income, single mother family. I have lived experience of inequality, and in the same breath, I embody a range of privileges; I am white, I am well educated, I have broadly had good health, I have had access to enabling forms of social and economic capital. I believe in the process of situating ourselves along class, gender, race, ableist, cultural, economic and social capital lines. In talking about my class, health, ethnicity, family constellation and educational background (and many other socio-economic factors), I hope to invite open conversations about the different forms of cultural, social and economic capital and privilege that enable or prevent people from different socio-economic backgrounds getting in and on in the arts and the academy at large. 

I’m always up for a chat about intersectionality, inequality, privilege and power within the context of the CCI’s and higher education institutes.

I’m very open to collaborations, hanging out, chewing the cud. If any of this appeals / resonates, feel free to get in touch!