Belfast born Kathryn Ferguson is a filmmaker and curator. She has made many films for fashion designers, brands and musicians including Chloe, Selfridges, Sinead O’Connor, Lady Gaga, Richard Nicoll, Charlie Le Mindu, Katie Eary, and Domino Records. These films have been featured on MTV, SHOWstudio, Dazed Digital, Twin, the BBC and in Vogue.

Her experimental film work has been selected for film festivals, screenings and group shows around the world including OneDotZero, the 59th Berlinale, the V&A, the Pompidou Centre, ASVOFF, BYOB and Birds Eye View Film Festival at the BFI.

As well as her own filmmaking practice Kathryn also works as a Curator and Lecturer. She began curating the annual Birds Eye View Film Festival’s ‘Fashion Loves Film’ strand at the Institute of Contemporary Arts & British Film Institute in 2008 where it continued until 2011. She completed a masters in communication, art & design at The Royal College of Art in June 2011 where she specialised in experimental film.

Since then she has been working with the British Council & The British Fashion Council as a curator specialising in the emerging genre of fashion film. Her work with the British Council has seen her travel around the world visiting cities including Sarajevo, Lagos (Nigeria), Lisbon and Ljubljana giving talks, screenings and hosting filmmaking workshops.

In October 2012, she curated an extensive fashion film exhibition called “Dressing the Screen” that opened at the UCCA in Beijing in October 2012. Her work with the BFC has seen her join a curatorial panel creating a new seasonal film festival called Fash/on Film. The Film Festival takes place at Somerset House over London Fashion Week.

She also works as a lecturer at London College of Fashion & Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.


She graduated from the Royal College of Art (Visual Communication MA) in 2011 and Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (Fashion Communication & Promotion BA) in 2005.









EXHIBITIONS / GROUP SHOWS

ASVOFF, Pompidou Centre, Paris, October 2013

Dressing the Screen, ICAS Singapore, September 2013

Dressing the Screen, Dialogue Gallery, Jakarta 2013

Dressing the Screen, UCCA, Beijing, October 2012

MKII Presents..., MKII, London, May 2012

V&A 'Britain Is Making It' Friday Late, V&A Museum, London, April 2012

'F/A1', The Wrong Weather Gallery, Portugal, November 2011

'BYOB', Rich Mix Gallery, London, October 2011

'Il Labirinto di Cristallo' on bubblebyte.org, July 2011

'SHOW RCA 2011', Royal College of Art, London, June 2011

'Work in Progress Show', Royal College of Art, London, November 2010

'Again The Room Plunged into Silence', The Barbican, London June 2010

'TEST' Pop-up exhibition, 13 Kingly Street, London, 21-24th February, 2010

'Future Form', 19th Feb 2010 – 23rd May 2010, The Trafalgar, London, 2010

'La Bete' , T1+2 Gallery, London 2009

'A Matter of Time'. Five Story Projects, James Taylor Gallery, London, 2008







FILM FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS


BFF12, Belfast Film Festival, QFT, Belfast, June 2012

'Britain is Making it', V&A, London, April 2012

ASVOFF Barcelona, CaixaForum, Barcelona, January 2012

'Máthair' screening and Q&A , Design Week 2011, Belfast, November 2011

ASVOFF, Centre Pompiou, Paris, October 2011

'Test Presents...' Somerset House, London September 2011

Birds Eye View Film Festival 2011, 'Music Loves Video', ICA, London, March 2011

Fashion Video Festival, Budapest, November 2010

Yoox.com & Estethica for The British Fashion Council, London Fashion Week, Somerset House, London. September 2010.

Birds Eye View 'Fashion Loves Film' tour, Music & Film Arena, Latitude Festival, Suffolk July 2010

'Light Series', A Shaded View on Fashion Film (in association with Vogue Italia) Milan, May 2010

Portable Fashion Festival, Melbourne, March 2010

Birds Eye View Film Festival 'Fashion Loves Film at The Institute of Contemporary Art, March 2010

Richard Nicoll's S/S 10 show at London Fashion Week, September 2009

Onedotzero Film Festival : Dazed & Confused Presents : Fashion In Film at the British Film Institute, London, 2009

New York Fashion Shorts, New York, September, 2009

Brooklyn is Burning Festival, New York, July, 2009

Occulture Festival (in association with the BFI), London, 2009

Equinox Festival, London, June, 2009

ThinkSync / Shooting People showcase at 59th Berlinale, 2009

'Fashion Loves Film - Fashion and the Moving Image'Bird's Eye View Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2009

Global Shorts, 'The Art of Moving', ReelDance International Dance on Screen
Film Festival, Sydney, 2008

Fashion Loves Film, Bird's Eye View Film Festival, ICA, 2008

Best UK Shorts, Birds Eye View Film Festival, ICA, 2007

Let Them Eat Cake magazine launch, London, 2007

East End Film Festival, 2007

BANG! Production, London screening, 93 Feet East London, 2007

Cambridge Film Festival, 2007

Latitude Film Festival, 2007

The Smalls film Festival, London, 2007








CURATORIAL WORK

BRITISH COUNCIL
Curating screenings, a talks series and hosting filmmaking workshops.
Nov 2011 - present

Tour
Ljubljana
Slovenia
(April 2012)

Lagos
Nigeria
(March 2012)

Sarajevo,
Bosnia & Herzegovina
(Nov 2011), and Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Kathryn has recently been working with The British Council after she was asked to curate a 'Best of UK Fashion Film' screening and a series of talks in Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzogovina. Whilst there she also lead filmmaking workshops with local creatives and designers.

She invited filmmaker Elisha Smith - Leverock and Fashion Print Designer David Saunders of design label David David to take part in the talks and co-manage the filmmaking workshops. The British Council are planning on touring and expanding this project.




BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL
2012 - present
Fash/On Film Curatorial Panel

Working as part of a panel, Kathryn is co-curating a new film festival initiative set up by the British Fashion Council. The panel will programme an extensive week long film festival each LFW at Somerset House.





BIRDS EYE VIEW FILM FESTIVAL
Fashion Film Strand Curator
British Film Institute, London, March 2011
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2008-2010


Curator and panel chair of The Birds Eye View Film Festival ' Fashion Loves Film' strand at The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The event takes place at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the British Film Institute each March and consists of a screening of fashion films by female directors followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and Industry professionals. Past panelists have included Bella Freud, Ruth Hogben, Penny Martin, Jaime Perlman, Sarah Chatfield amongst others.




AMBASSADOR FOR ART & MEDIA
LEVI'S(UK)

2010

Throughout 2010 Kathryn acted as the UK Film Ambassador for a new female initiative set up by Levi's called 'Shape What's to Come'.




TALKS / LECTURES

'An Introduction to Fashion Film', British Council, Kino Šiška Ljubljana, Slovenia, April 2012.

Fashion Film ' A Future Spectacular', British Council Talk, SilverBird Cinema, Lagos, Nigeria, March 2012.

'British Council / Curating Design MA workshops' , Design Museum, London, November 2011.

'A History of Fashion Film', British Council in Sarajevo, Kriterion Theatre, Sarajevo, November 2011. Talk followed by Q&A with filmmaker Elisha Smith -Leverock and Fashion Designer David Saunders of design label David David.

'Fashion Film - A Future Spectacle', London College of Fashion, October 2011.

'Fashion Colloquia', Presentation with Nathaniel Dafydd Beard (RCA PHD) and Stephen Whelan (White Lodge), London College of fashion, September 2011.

London Short Film Festival / Fashion Popcorn at the Shortwave Cinema, January 2011. Presentation of personal work and panel discussion.

Fashion & the Moving Image - An Introduction. Lecture Theatre 2, The Royal College of Art, December 1st 2010.

The Fashion Video Festival, Budapest, Head of Jury + presentation of personal video work, November 2010

Levi's 'Shape What's to Come' panel discussion, Levi's Oxford Street, London ,October, 2010.

'Fashion Popcorn', Rushes Short Film Festival, London College of Fashion, July 2010

Q&A on work at The Faraway Fashion Forest, Latitude Festival, Suffolk, July 2010

Central Saint Martin's BA Fashion show judge, June 2010.

Visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martin's College of Art & Design, May 2010.

Birds Eye View Film Festival 'Fashion Loves Film' Panel Discussion Host, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London March 2008, 2009 and 2010.





EDUCATION

Royal College of Art : (Experimental Video) Communication Art & Design (MA) 2009 - 2011

Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design : Fashion Communication & Promotion (BA Hons) 2001 - 2005

Camberwell College of Arts - Art & Design Foundation Studies 2000-2001





ONLINE FEATURED WORK[/b]

USED Magazine, April 2012
Link

Twin Magazine, March 2012
Link

Test magazine, February, 2010
'Katie Eary A/W 2010' video
www.testmag.co.uk/katie-eary-aw-2010/

Style Bubble, December, 2009
'Crystalline'
www.stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2009/12/crystalline.html

Dazed Digital, October, 2009
'Dazed Digital presents Lady Gaga'
www.dazeddigital.com/features/ladygaga.htm

Dazed Digital, September, 2009
'Theatre de la Mode S/S 10'
www.dazeddigital.com/Fashion/article/5088/1/Theatre_de_la_Mode_SS_10

TESTmag.co.uk, September, 2009
www.testmag.co.uk/nicol/

Jotta.com, September, 2009
'Fashioning Film: Richard Nicoll and Kathyrn Ferguson'
www.jotta.com/magazine/video/361/fashioning-film-richard-nicoll-and-kathyrn-ferguson

Dazed Digital, April, 2009
'Fashion Loves Film'
www.dazeddigital.com/Fashion/article/2969/1/Fashion_Loves_Film

SHOWstudio.com, April, 2009
'Birds Eye View 2009'
www.showstudio.com/project/birdseyeview2009/#3

Jotta.com, March, 2009
'Fashion Loves Film'
www.jotta.com/jotta/article?no=2721

Dazed Digital, April, 2008
'Birds Eye View Fashion Film'
www.dazeddigital.com/feature/birds-eye-view-film-festival-p3/

Vogue.com, March, 2008
'David On Film'
www.vogue.co.uk/news/daily/2008-03/080331-david-on-film.aspx

Fashion156.com
'David David SS08 : Chalice/Blade'
www.fashion156.com/blog/view_entry.php?id=273