Kate Armstong

Director, Living Labs, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Kate Armstrong is a Vancouver-based artist and curator with 20 years of experience in the sector with focus on intersections between art and technology. Her practice has included events in urban space, generative text systems, and experimental digital forms. As a curator she has produced exhibitions, events and publications in art and technology internationally. She founded Upgrade Vancouver as part of an international network of organizations in 30 cities, was a founder of the Goethe Satellite that produced ten exhibitions in Vancouver between 2011-2013, and is past President of the board of the Western Front. Armstrong was an Artistic Director of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art. She is the founder of Startland, which has raised over 500K to support free training for immigrants and refugees who wish to enter the technology sector. Armstrong serves on the boards of BC Artscape, Innovation Central Society (ICS), and the New Forms Festival. She has acted on juries for SIGGRAPH, the City of Vancouver, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Creative BC. Armstrong is on the Creative City Strategy External Advisory Committee with the City of Vancouver and is a member of the standing jury for digital art with the Canada Council for the Arts. Armstrong’s artworks are held in public and private collections including Rhizome, the Rose Goldsen Archive in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University, the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University, the Library of the Printed Web, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.  As Director of Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design she develops upwards of 30 art, design, research and technology projects a year and specializes in intersectional partnerships.  With support from the Vancouver Foundation Armstrong is currently developing a new entity called the Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, which will support emerging artists and designers who want to launch, fund, organize or otherwise actualize ambitious projects across the spectrum of contemporary art and design activities, with the goal of updating our broader cultural, social, and economic understanding of the impact art and design-led activities can have in the public sphere.

Kate is a member of a panel at Advancing Women in STEAM.

Advancing Women in STEAM

Friday. March 8 2019

9:00 aM – 4:00 PM PDT

Anvil Centre

777 Columbia Street

New Westminster, BC