Capture Announces Departure of Director/Curator Kate Henderson

During this unprecedented time, Capture has had to restructure its staffing to help maintain the financial health of the organization, including eliminating the role of Director/Curator held by Kate Henderson. Henderson will continue her work with the Festival as Guest Curator for the Festival’s signature public art project which will be installed on the Dal Grauer Substation in April 2021.

“Kate was a big part of the reason why I joined the Capture team,” says Emmy Lee Wall, Executive Director, “Her commitment to prominently presenting the work of artists from traditionally underrepresented groups, working collaboratively with arts organizations across the city, and championing emerging voices, are legacies that are now integral to the Festival’s identity. I am grateful Kate will be working with us as a Guest Curator on our 2021 Dal Grauer installation and wish her all the very best in her future projects, both as an artist and curator.”

Henderson began her journey at Capture in 2013 as a participating artist in the Selected Exhibitions program, taught a youth program in 2017, and joined the team as Program Manager that same year. Henderson was promoted to Director/Curator for the 2019 Festival.

“It has been an incredibly rewarding and meaningful three years at Capture,” says Henderson. “The many collaborations, friendships, and projects that I was involved in have deeply nurtured me as an artist and facilitator. It has been an honour to direct the Festival and I have learned a great deal about being a leader; particularly how a leader can establish and foster meaningful relationships while keeping the organization growing, learning, unlearning and evolving. This is certainly not how I pictured my time as Director/Curator ending, but we are living in a tumultuous present and it is difficult to see what the future will hold. Many of us arts workers are navigating loss, which is very unsettling. I have learned during this pandemic, and as a new mother, that we must hold on to what matters most—find what brings us joy, love, and community—and hold it close. I will carry the deep joy, creative fulfillment, and community that I found through Capture with me as I navigate this new terrain as an artist and arts worker. I want to extend a huge thanks to Capture’s staff, board, partners, artists, curators, and audiences for supporting me the past three years. I am so grateful for you.”

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