Kate Walters’ works in watercolour, monotype, and oil are concerned with the interaction of the animal, plant, dream and human worlds; depicting in raw and graphic immediacy a relationship that is both intimate and nurturing.
Walters studied fine art at Brighton University. She spent some time working at her successful teaching career before completing a postgraduate fine art diploma at University College Falmouth. Around 2000 Kate was elected to be a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. She is currently serving on the NSA Committee developing exhibition proposals for the Society. Her work was shown at the Herrick Gallery in Mayfair in September 2017, where it enjoyed an exceptional response. Some works from the Shetland series will soon be available from Agora Gallery in New York.
Walters was the recipient of two major awards (2004 & 2007) from the Arts Council England South West for the development of her work. She was also awarded travel bursaries to the Venice Biennale, and research trips to London and Berlin. In April 2016 she was awarded a Travel Bursary from a-n Artists Information Co. to enable her to research opportunities in the Outer Hebrides and Orkney. She has recently received funding from The Juliet Gomperts Trust for the development and production of work for her solo show at Newlyn Art Gallery, ‘The Secret Worth a Thousand’. In May 2013 Kate was selected to attend the Venice Biennale Launch weekend with funding from a-n’s ‘Go and See’ initiative. Kate was awarded funding by VASW to attend the ‘engage’ summer school in Padua, September 2013.
She has had works short-listed for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2003 and 2008; selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2006, the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall galleries in London in 2002/6/11/14/15, Artsway Open 09/05, curated by Peter Bonnell, Sway, Hampshire; Visual Exhibition for Art of Ideas II curated by Stephen Snoddy in Birmingham(2009),the Royal West of England Academy, the Exchange Drawing show, and her solo show at Newlyn Art Gallery. This show was well reviewed in The Guardian and the Spectator. Links are below.
Kate has also initiated, organised and curated artists’ group shows; the first was held at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery (University of Greenwich) in March 2013 and in October 2013 a larger group showed in The Art Pavilion in Tower Hamlets for 2 weeks. This show was called Like/don’t like/don’t care. The third, and very successful fund-raising show, was for the charity Freedom from Torture, held at Millennium, by kind permission of Joseph Clarke, in Cornwall in November 2013. Around £11,000 was raised. Kate has organised and curated a show exploring the hidden feminine, called Drawing down the Feminine. This group consists of 15 artists, at varying stages in their careers; their first exhibition was at Newlyn Art Gallery in March 2016 (this was a most successful and well visited show, with nearly 700 visitors in 5 days). A second exhibition was held at The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington, north Devon, during May 2016. The the show will tour to Bridport Arts Centre opening January 2018.
Recent solo shows with talks and workshops were at the New Schoolhouse Gallery in York, Dean Clough in Halifax and and in Edinburgh at Arusha Gallery. Drawings have been shown in ‘Here & There’ at the Clara Hatton Gallery in Colorado, and for the BEEP Prize show in Swansea.
In February 2014 Kate went to Innsbruck University to give two talks on Animals in Art, with a focus on her own work. This was followed by talks/presentations at the Universities of Aberdeen and Falmouth; where she spoke on Fallen Animals and about the hollow bone process which she uses to make drawings about/with people, places and situations. This ancient process used by indigenous peoples in healing ceremonies involves the protagonist requesting their ego step aside, in order for numinous awareness to become awakened. The brain waves change to theta, usually with the help of a drum. Kate has worked this way at Jam on the Marsh music festival, at the Venice Biennale in May 2015; at Glasgow School of Art with staff and students; and with numerous individuals wishing to have a bespoke drawing made, and perhaps insights to certain situations. Kate works with a drum and monotype drawings when working shamanically with the hollow bone.
With the encouragement and support of Susan Daniel McElroy, Kate is about to embark upon much larger watercolours, paintings and monotypes, and looking forwards to Tremenheere Galleries in 2019. She has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and has work in private collections in the UK, Australia and Europe. In March 2015 Kate had a very successful and well received solo show called With Closed Eyes at Millennium (now Anima-Mundi) in St Ives.
In the Autumn of 2014 Kate worked with Marc Almond to create all the original drawings for his current album The Velvet Trail. Kate employed her process ‘becoming the hollow bone’ which Professor Penny Florence witnessed at Espacio Gallery in January 2015 and describes below:
On ‘becoming the hollow bone’….
“Kate Walters’ fascinating new departure, which she brilliantly calls “becoming the hollow bone”, takes audience participation to a new level. Showcased in the summer in Hoxton, and most recently at the Espacio in London, participants are brought into the making of the work. The artist sits with her subject in the gallery (or indeed, anywhere) and “channels” them to create a unique monotype, which the person can take away with them. This is much deeper than setting work up to which people can respond in various ways. Yet – and this is the real master stroke – though the “audience” is brought right into the making of the work, the artist remains in the key rôle. This is no dilution of the artist, but rather a true sharing of her talent. Gallery, visitor, artist, artwork: they are all changed. I felt privileged and moved to witness it.”
Professor Penny Florence
In September 2016 Kate was selected to present a workshop at the University of Northampton, in the Trans-States conference, which explored how the arts can help us to access different areas of consciousness. Her watercolour works considering blood as signifier of life-force and love have been selected to be part of the Books of Blood project in 2017, organised by the University of Hertfordshire.
Kate teaches at Newlyn School of Art on her own course exploring walking in wilderness with monotype, as well as on Mentoring and Defining Practice courses. She also teaches occasional workshops on Iona, Dartmoor, Exmoor, and in her studio overlooking Newlyn harbour. Please contact her if you are interested in attending workshops or working with her hollow bone technique.
Recent residencies on the Isle of Iona gave Kate the opportunity to create a large body of work about her response to the purity and beauty she experienced there. Kate’s first book was The Iona Notebooks published by Guillemot Press in May 2017. For more details please see https://ionaartresidencies.wordpress.com or the blog below….
During Summer 2017 Kate was in residence on Shetland for a month. Being on Shetland affected her very powerfully. Her second book, Shetland Notebooks, will be published by Guillemot Press in March 2019. During 2017 and 2018 Kate will be artist in residence at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, working towards her exhibition at Tremenheere Galleries in 2019.
Kate has recently been awarded funding by Cultivator which will enable her to continue her research on Shetland. In July 2018 she worked at Jam on the Marsh in Kent, presenting works made in response to music, live concerts and in collaboration with poet Grahame Davies.