About Jamie

Jamie in front of Monet's Water Lilies

 

Dr. Jamie Kemp is an Arts Consultant, Curator, and Professor of Art History who writes about, develops programs for, curates, and makes art.

Teaching

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.

Jamie delivering a TED talk 

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

Artist Services

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. 

Testimonials

Here are some of the things that artists, designers, and curators are saying about Jamie:

"When I first met Jamie Kemp, my creative practice was limited to experiments and work I created for myself or my friend’s projects. I didn’t believe my work was worthy to be showcased, and even if I had thought it was, I didn’t understand how to market myself or communicate to people what my work meant. 

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!"

 

- D. Ellis, Graphic Designer
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"I work in Theatre and that’s precisely what I was trained to do: theatre. I was never trained in grant writing, budgeting, marketing, and the million and one other skills that an artist needs to make space to work in Canada. I found all these business oriented skills frustrating to get my head around, both because they are foreign to my training and because they infringe on the precious time I can devote to my creative work. Jamie Kemp cut through all that noise and made significant funding and career opportunities possible for me. She drew my attention to a well funded residency - one which I had no idea even existed -  and walked me through the ultimately successful application. It was a dream situation: I could just lay out my skills and interests and she made it practically possible. Jamie offers a map to the many disoriented artists looking for a way to thrive and create. I have the sense that there's a secret language that lives in the world of grants and it's a mystery to me. It still is - but Jamie is translating as we go so it's getting clearer to me all the time." 

 

- T. Copp, Actor, Director, Dancer, Playwrite
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"Jamie Kemp is an incredible mentor with the ability to see opportunity and beauty in all projects. Her attention to detail and big picture perspective allows her to make connections and take proposals to a higher level; she encourages you in your work to expand your vision and think beyond boundaries while teaching the technical skills and knowledge to craft strong writing proposals. Her editing and the thoughtful direction she provided for my writing allowed me to grow as a heritage professional and explore new avenues I would not have considered without her guidance, support and sharp writing."
-K. Delaney, Curator