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An artist for the People - meet Korporate

Kaine Kulczak, better known as Korporate, is a leading figure in Peterborough's growing street art scene, aiming to provide a platform for local artists and young kids alike.
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Korporate in front of his studio mural

Originally from Peterborough, Korporate had a natural talent for art, with painting and drawing being quite easy for him. 

"When I was a young kid, I was naturally talented and artistic. It was a blessing and a curse, though, because I was very good at drawing, it came naturally to me. 

“However, it also made me lazy, so I never saw real success until my 30's.” 

Korp’s self-proclaimed laziness never stopped him from finding success in other job sectors, quickly rising to become a systems manager at Coca-Cola.

Even still, Korp's passion for art never abandoned him. 

“I used to come back after a long day of work, spend some time with the kids, and then retreat into my little studio until 3 or 4 in the morning, just working on my art, cutting stencils and drawing.

“Working at Coca-Cola was a blessing for my art, as it enabled me to make money on the side, while working on my art and building my audience.”

Soon, Korp realised his audience for his art had grown massively; he could become an artist and make a viable living off of his passion and skills. 

“By becoming an artist this way, I never really had to ‘sell out’ and do commissions based on what other people wanted. Instead my audience paid for commissions by me, Korporate.

“They wanted Korp’s paintings, not just a painting by Korp.” 

“I became an artist to do what I love, that's why I tell every young artist to just make work you're passionate about. You should paint what you want.”

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Korp stands proudly in front of artwork created by his student Josh. Mustafa Hussain

Through his own success, Korp has helped the younger generation of artists through various workshops, as well as his nationally renowned Korpfest.

With a studio space given to him by Eastern Angles, Korp set out to help a younger generation of artists through various workshops

“Before Covid, I used to run quiet art sessions for children who are home-schooled, usually due to sensory issues or autism. 

“I utilised my studio to host workshops with two or three kids max to teach them how to draw and to provide a place where they felt comfortable 

“As a kid I was also non-verbal. I barely spoke to anyone other than my family, so the chance to help these kids through art is something I am proud of.”

As well as supporting young children, Korporate aims to help local artists by providing opportunities within his studio during events such as the nationally recognised Korpfest.

“Eastern angles provided me with this space for free, with 13-feet high walls, which is a huge canvas for any artist to paint on. 

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Mural featuring original pieces from My dog Sigh, Snub and many more. Mustafa Hussain

“This space allows me to host events such as Korpfest. 

“This year was our third year hosting it and we get a bunch of artists in, and paint big murals, but it also gives them chances to have conversations with artists, network and work together.”

Korpfest often sees the attendance of local artists and nationally renowned artists, such as My Dog Sigh, who was recently exhibited in the Urban exhibition along with Banksy. 

“I like to support local artists such as Katie Scott by giving them the opportunity to paint on a massive wall, as well as giving them the opportunity to speak to and work with these big artists.”

Korpfest often brings in a wide variety of people from all over the UK to celebrate Peterborough's art scene.

“Last time Korpfest was open to the public, 50% of the people were local from the area who knew about the scene 

“But 50% also travelled specifically to see these artists coming from places such as Leicester and Bristol.

“I think it’s great that an event like this can bring people to the city to celebrate what we have going on here.”

"I'm just trying to make sure people have opportunities, or at least are shown them in a way I never was.

“I hope to show them you can be an artist, make a good living and do what you love, and I hope these shows and workshops help in doing that.”