Soham De performing in 2016. Photo: Samuel Kirkman
Since founding the arts collective Thorn in 2015, Katie has been increasingly involved with the development of emerging artists and future creative practitioners.  Facilitating collaborations across artistic disciplines has become a central part of Katie's practice.
Photo: Katie Byford, 2016
THORN DURHAM

Founded in 2015, Thorn has provided an independent platform for new voices creating in any medium and across artistic disciplines.  Every Thorn event is slightly different, and range from gigs and live performances to exhibitions, workshops and arts festivals.  Events are run by and for artists on an entirely voluntary basis.
Artists across disciplines are given space to meet, perform and share work: a supportive environment for experimentation and growth.  This process encourages the cross-pollination of art forms and new multi-disciplinary collaborations.  One such success story is The Poetry Experiment, a jazz/spoken word ensemble whose members met while performing at one of our events in 2017.  
Many artists we have hosted are pursing successful careers in the arts, including Soham De, Jelly CleaverRebekah Fitch and Kym Deyn.
Each successive year, new volunteers join the team, usually a mix of students at Durham University and people based in and around County Durham.  Coaching and mentoring new team members, including those new to leadership and arts management, has become an integral part of Thorn's core aims, supporting the next generation of arts producers as well as the artists themselves.
See Thorn's website for examples of past events and future activities.
Photo: Samuel Kirkman
Photo: Thomas Ribaroff
Photo: Thomas Ribaroff
Photo: Maddie Flisher
Photo: Maddie Flisher
Photo: Alisdair Hariss
Photo: Alisdair Hariss
Workshops and Talks

Katie has delivered workshops and lectures on poetry, queer inheritance and Classical literature for schools, universities and institutions, including Durham University, the Barbican Centre and secondary schools in southern England.  For Artist and the Machine day, held as part of the 2019 exhibition AI: More than Human, Katie collaborated with other Barbican Young Poets to deliver a series of drop-in workshops for the general public at the Barbican Centre.  
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