Kate has a BA Hons degree in the History of Art , Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and Art Teacher’s Diploma, and a Diploma in Post-Graduate Fine Art Studies. She lives with her husband, painter James Lynch, on the Somerset Levels.
“I paint farmers at work in Wessex, mostly Somerset, also recording conversations with them. I’m interested in the history on our doorstep, the changes people have witnessed in living memory, rural traditions, the timelessness of some rural work, recording it in sketches, paintings and large drawings, and collecting stories.
I love working in charcoal, made from willow grown on the Somerset Levels, and produced by farmers who have been growing willow for basket makers for generations, but who now also turn it into velvety charcoal for artists”.
2017 Farm – Paintings, drawings and Somerset Voices, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury 2012 The Beekeeper and the Bee exhibition (toured Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon) 2009 Sheep – from Lamb to Loom exhibition (toured Somerset, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire, Exmoor) 2004 Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset 2004 East Lambrook Manor, Somerset 2003 Willow – Paintings, drawings and voices (toured Somerset, Norfolk, Lancashire, Devon) 1998, 2000 Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset 1993, 96, 98 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
Royal Academy, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome; Sadler Street Gallery; Wells; Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge.
“Farm – Paintings, drawings and Somerset voices”, pub Furlong Fields Publishing 2017 “The Beekeeper and the Bee”, pub Furlong Fields Publishing 2012 “Sheep – from Lamb to Loom”, pub. Furlong Fields Publishing 2009 “Willow – Paintings and Drawings with Somerset Voices”, pub. Furlong Fields Publishing 2003
2008 Wessex Watermark Award for Sheep project
Wessex Watermark Award for Willow Project
South West Arts Award for Willow Project
1st prizewinner, Royal Bath and West Open
Elected as an Academician Royal West of England Academy (resigned 2002)
1993 Prizewinner, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield
1st prizewinner, Black Swan Open
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCIES AND OTHER PROJECTS
Kate has been working as a professional artist since the late 1980’s. She has mixed her own artistic practice with working on educational and community art projects in the West Country. Some of these are on public display: parish map (North Cadbury Village Hall); Barrington Court Garden paintings with primary school children; Tree of Life (Frome Hospital foyer); Peat Triptych (Peat Moors Visitor Centre, Shapwick; community textile projects (Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary and Verrington Hospital, Wincanton), town map (Warminster Library); cidermaking mural for Jersey Heritage Trust (Jersey).
Messum’s Wiltshire is a pioneering multi-purpose gallery and arts centre celebrating the creative endeavour.