Dr. Jamie Kemp is an Arts Consultant, Curator, and Professor of Art History who writes about, develops programs for, curates, and makes art.
Jamie Kemp has worked as an arts educator for more than a decade. In addition to mentoring artists individually, she has taught courses in art history, art theory, art criticism, writing, and exhibition design at Quest University Canada and the University of Victoria.
She has been awarded the University of Victoria's Andy Farquharson Teaching Excellence Award. Her teaching was also recognized through the acquisition of the university’s Codex Kemp, a 16th century manuscript named in her honour.
She has led several field courses abroad, meaning that she's had the opportunity to teach students in some of the world’s most famous museums.
Executive and Administrative Experience
Outside of teaching, Jamie has run an artist residency program, written successful grant applications for art and education projects, and curated exhibitions. She worked at the Executive level in education as Interim Chief Academic Officer (Vice President Academic/Provost) of Quest University Canada.
She enjoys working as a moderator for online art workshops. She has a special role as moderator for the workshops led by her mother, internationally renown painter, Linda Kemp. You can find out about Linda Kemp's workshops here.
Jamie's true passion is helping artists to develop their portfolios and communicate why their work matters. She finds true joy in helping artists see how they are influenced by historical art and cultural practices, even when they don't notice it! She has helped dozens of artists to deepen their artistic practice and launch or develop their careers.
Here are some of the things that artists, designers, and curators are saying about Jamie:
Under Jamie’s mentorship, I transformed my relationship to myself and my work. Jamie showed me ways I could communicate about my practice and gave me the vocabulary to understand the context of my work in the wider world. As I became more confident and enthusiastic about sharing my projects, opportunities quickly came knocking.
At every juncture, Jamie’s expert knowledge was invaluable in advising me on how to navigate applying for scholarships and grants, how to conduct unique and professional interviews, producing coherent and targeted portfolios, writing eloquent and witty artist statements and even curating my own exhibitions.
After less than two years, Jamie helped guide me from someone without professional design experience or even a portfolio, to being accepted onto the MA Industrial Design programme at Central Saint Martins, UAL, ranked in the top two design schools in the world. Furthermore, with Jamie’s guidance I was awarded two scholarships, including the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Studentship, a highly prestigious award that goes to only 10 industrial design students in the UK each year, covering all the costs of tuition and living in London for two years.
Besides Jamie’s vast specialist knowledge, she is an incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic mentor that does everything in her power to see her mentees succeed. As a mentee of Jamie’s, you really feel like she is on your team, rooting for you to win.
Personally Jamie is a joy. She is witty, articulate and manages to effortlessly blend casual banter with profound insights and sage wisdom. I unreservedly recommend Jamie to any creative seeking to refine their understanding of their work, amplify their exposure and make a splash!"