Candy KempCandy was born in Croydon in 1957 and emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1960 as a ‘Ten Pound Pom’, her family paying ten pounds to leave England. She returned to England in 1969 upon the fated passenger liner the Achille Lauro of which she has created an art installation (see the Wave installation).

She studied Foundation Art at Croydon Technical College before specialising in B.A. in textiles and surface pattern at Chelsea School of Art.  Her interest in making clothes from hand printed fabric led her to achieve a City and Guilds in pattern cutting at the London School of Fashion.

Candy set up her own textile design and print studio as part of a co-operative called Art Place Trust in London’s East End. She had many years of success as a designer-maker working to commission and as an art lecturer.

Candy completed an M.A. in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art which led her to using film. Thereafter she has been lecturing and developing artist-led collaborative projects in the community.

She is a published writer and has consulted companies for funding bid writing.

Candy’s skills and talent are now enabling her to work across different art forms which has been useful for multi-work patterns living in Cornwall. Her work of making art with special needs adults has developed her commitment to diversity and participation in the community.