Kayla Rudderham – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Kayla Rudderham

Kayla Rudderham (she/they) is a Mi’kmaw and settler artist, educator, and independent curator. Kayla joined the team at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design after completing the Master of Arts in Art Education program from NSCAD University. Previous to that, Kayla graduated from NSCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Art, and from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Education.

Kayla has an interest in contributing to the elevation, enhancement, and preservation of traditional L’nu art practices as well as encouraging engagement between all communities and their material culture. The past, present and future, interconnectivity, and radical acts of care influence Kayla’s curatorial practice. As an artist, Kayla mainly works in drawing, printmaking, and beadwork, which she uses to explore Mi’kmaw language reclamation, acts of remembrance, and the impacts of colonialism on climate.

As Emerging Indigenous Curator, Kayla works collaboratively with Centre staff and local partners to develop exhibitions and arts-based programming, as well as facilitate community outreach.

In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her cats, and baking.