Kate Eggleston-Wirtz is an American multidisciplinary visual artist and poet specializing in narrative illustrative art (primarily three-dimensional assemblage) focusing on heritage and issue-based themes. She is also a community arts/arts and health practitioner with considerable experience working with older people and people living with dementia.
Eggleston-Wirz has a BFA in Illustration (Northern Illinois University 1984), an MA in Visual Design as Creative Practice (Blackpool and the Fylde College, an affiliate to Lancaster University 2009) and an MA in Learning and Visitor Studies in Museums and Galleries (University of Leicester 2015). She has exhibited worldwide and won awards in the 7th and 8th Annual 3-Dimensional Art Directors and Illustrators Awards Show in New York City (1995,1996) and the Society for Art of the Imagination’s Water Exhibition in London (2004). Exhibition highlights include: Phantesta Museum, Vienna (2012) and Mall Galleries, London (2010).
Clients have included: National Museums Liverpool, Green Close, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire County Council Museums Service, Blackpool Council and Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Member of Museums Association, The Poetry Society and Society for Art of Imagination.
“It has been a delight to work in Blackpool on the Lancashire Not Forgotten Project. I have learnt so much about Blackpool and Lancashire’s past through the variety of people I have had the privilege to work with. The Blackpool strand has focused on the theme of ‘Play’, however through candid conversation – life, work and leisure is often interlinked and thus I have been given a broad spectrum of information from learning about making Blackpool Rock, mass quantities of deck chairs on the beach, driving a tram and seeing Ken Dodd perform. I particularly enjoyed our Day on the Heritage Tram during Dementia Awareness Week. It was my very first time ever on a tram and I was so excited to experience it listening to stories of the past, listening to a former Tram Driver talk about his former working life.
I thank all those who have openly shared their extraordinary stories.”