Kay Syrad often collaborates with visual artists, dancers and musicians, experimenting with different ways to explore and present language-based works.
During 2013-2015 she worked with the artist Chris Drury on a limited edition artist's book based on a rural residency with CAPE FAREWELL (the international cultural organisation that draws attention to the challenges of global climate change) at two organic dairy farms and a sheep farm in Dorset.
The exhibition of this artists' book and prints and photo-works was held at the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Castle, Swanage, during August, and is expected to tour to Duke's Gallery, Dorchester, Dorchester Hospital and Bridport Arts Centre between November 2015 and summer 2016, and later to other areas of the country.
In 2013-14, Kay was the commissioned writer on a multi-media project LAST STATION (located/dislocated) about the light vessels that used to be stationed around our coasts co-producing an artist's book, 1000 tasks: work of the lightshipmen made up of 1000 lines calling attention to their exacting work and the level of endurance required to live and work out at sea for weeks at a time.
1000 tasks: work of the lightshipmen has been purchased by the National Maritime Museum for their permanent collection.
Kay was also commissioned by Last Station to write the libretto for a choral work, The Light Vessel, in collaboration with the composer and saxophonist, Trevor Watts. The choral work was premiered in Harwich in December 2013, with a further performance at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, in February 2015 as part of an event featuring 1000 tasks, the Human Foghorn and other Last Station works by lead artists Mary Hooper and Elise Liversedge.
Kay has twice exhibited collaborative text works with the artist and performer Clare Whistler, first for the Cambridge-based Art Language Location 2013 events and for the 2014 Telling Stories/Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope exhibition.
In 2013, with the artist Jane Henderson, Kay took part in SPEAK TO ME, Brighton, where newly-invented hand-held projectors were used to project stories into public spaces and in 2012 Kay joined the Re-Authoring Project, creating an installation based on The Milliner and the Phrenologist on the LV21 light vessel moored at Gillingham Pier.
Kay belongs to the international artists' collective SENSORY SITES (formerly Art in Touch) which explores multi-sensory experience in cross-media installations. Members of Sensory Sites have exhibited recently at the Crypt Gallery, Euston, and GV Art, a London gallery dedicated to showing work that is the result of dialogue between artists and scientists.