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Hiya! I’m Kate.

I love working with artists. When I started Young Space in 2014, in a dorm room at the University of Edinburgh, we were at the dawn of the smartphone—and with it, Instagram. For the first time, artists anywhere could share their work with a global audience that grew exponentially over the next few years.

I started out by sharing artwork I saw at shows or art fairs, simply featuring work I really liked, and over time time, Young Space grew into a go-to resource for artists, collectors, curators, galleries, and publications seeking exciting work and ideas (you can explore an archive of more than 850 artists and exhibitions on the website).

I’m so proud that this platform has been a catalyst for countless careers and projects over the years, and continues to provide a touchstone for artists and arts professionals around the world.

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This project is founded on the premise that art is for everyone, no matter where you’re located, what stage of your career you’re in, or if you’re just starting to learn about contemporary art. Curated stories and insights are always global, well-informed, and accessible.

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The best exhibitions and projects by emerging contemporary artists, plus artist opportunities and special features, curated by Kate Mothes.


I'm Kate! I'm a writer+curator who believes in an art world in which community and curiosity come first. Every week, I share my thoughts on art, exhibitions and projects by emerging contemporary artists, and artist opportunities and special features.