Xaverine M A Bates is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring themes of gender, mental health, consciousness shift and eco-spirituality. She completed her BA Fine Art at Brighton University in 2008 and has been practising since then in Hastings. She also has a degree in Philosophy & Anthropology, lived in Mexico for 2½ years and is married to an Icelander with whom she has one daughter.
In 2012, she founded riart Grrrls, a feminist arts collective, as well as aGender arts & education in 2013, a charity which works with young people to challenge gender stereotypes through creative media.
She is currently collaborating with Clare Whistler on elemental, an experiential exploration of the elements through movement, site-specific artworks and meditation. She also runs one-off creative writing and art workshops – more details of these and other collaborative workshops can be found here.