Opening of the Sadie Catt ‘Beekeeper’ photographic exhibition at the SERCHIA Gallery

In 2021, curator and artistic director Christine Serchia made the decision to open a non-profit art gallery in her Redland home.

The results, SERCHIA, were hailed by The British Journal of Photography as “a new and ambitious gallery showing the exquisite work of contemporary practitioners”.

The latest exhibition to be held at the gallery is that of Bristol photographer and educator Sadie Catt, with her collection Beekeeper. The photos are a visual metaphor of the artist navigating her re-establishment of her relationship with men, as a survivor of sexual assault.

Sadie Catt, ‘Wings on Box’, from the exhibition Beekeeper at SERCHIA Gallery (2022) – photo: courtesy of the artist

‘Smoking’

Catt is an Associate Lecturer in Photography at Bath Spa University and has previously exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, as well as Side Gallery, Photo North and the Noorderlicht International Photography Festival.

These photos were produced “in an attempt to reflect on fear, threat and trust in a safe and accessible way”. For Catt, doing work “consolidated the continuation of life, new experiences and growth”.

‘Hive’

‘Fist’

In her own healing journey, she turned to The Green House in Bristol, a charity offering free specialist advice to help those affected by sexual abuse and rape.

Beekeeper will raise funds and awareness for the charity, and visitors to the gallery in person, via the website or social media will have the opportunity to donate.

‘Beekeeper’

Sadie Catt: Beekeeper is at SERCHIA Gallery September 15-October 22, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (free, by appointment). For more information about the exhibition and the gallery, visit www.serchiagallery.square.site or follow @serchiagallery and @sadiecatt.

All photos: Sadie Catt

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