Artist's CV

Past exhibitions & shows

2019 On the Surface of Things, exhibition at Access Space, Sheffield

2019 Art in the Gardens (premier artist), Sheffield

2019 Buxton Museum & Gallery

2019 Cupola Gallery

           2019 Derby Print Open (award winners)

           2019 No.28 Belper

           2019 The Dome, Buxton Fringe

           2019 Derbyshire Open Arts

           2019 Open Up Sheffield

           2019 Chatsworth House, Derbyshire with Peak District Artisans

           2018 Wirksworth Arts Festival, Wirksworth

           2018 Derbyshire County Council Award, Buxton Museum

           2018 Open Up Sheffield

           2018 Derbyshire Open Arts, Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills

           2018 Derbyshire Open Arts, Beechenhill, Ilam Derbyshire 

           2018 Cupola at the Blue Moon

           2018 Society of Scottish Artists, Scottish Academy, Annual Sit in or Take Away

           2018 Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield

           2018 Bessemer Gallery, Sheffield

           2017 The Dome, Buxton with Peak District Artisans

           2017 Space 35, Sheffield

           2017 Bessemer Gallery, Sheffield

           2017 Walkley Festival Arts Trail, Sheffield

           2017 Open Up Sheffield

           2016 Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield

           2016 Open Up Sheffield

           2016 Premier Artist at Sheffield Botanic Gardens

           2016 North Open at Ripon Cathedral

           2016 Derbyshire Open Arts, Old Station Gallery, Rowsley

           2016 Open Up Sheffield

           2016 Cupola at the Blue Moon

           2015 Wirksworth Arts Festival, Wirksworth

           2015 Premier Artist, Art in the Gardens, Sheffield

           2015 Netherhall Jazz & Arts weekend, Hathersage

           2015 Rest Gallery, Bamford

           2014 SSA Annual Exhibition (Sit in or Take Away), Royal Scottish Academy

           2014 The Workstation, Sheffield with Sheffield Printmakers

           2014 Art in the Gardens, Sheffield

           2014 Derby Open, Buxton

           2014 Cupola at the Blue Moon

           2014 Open Up Sheffield, Sheffield

           2014 Walkley Festival, Sheffield

           2014 Rest Gallery, Bamford

           2014 Blue Moon with Sheffield Printmakers

           2014 The Corner Gallery, Sheffield

          2013 Art in the Gardens, Sheffield

           2013 The Corner Gallery, Sheffield

           2013 Walkley Festival Art Exhibition, Sheffield

           2013 Open Up Sheffield

           2012 Open Up Sheffield

           2012 Workstation Gallery, Sheffield

           2012 Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

           2012 Cloud Nine Gallery Howden

           2012 Alpha Art Gallery, Edinburgh

           2011 Cloud Nine Gallery Howden

           2011 North Light Gallery, Huddersfield

           2011 Great Longstone Art Exhibition

           2010 Beady Eye Art, Sheffield

           2010 Brevon Art Gallery, Doncaster

           2009 Winter Gardens, Sheffield

           2008 Space59 Gallery, Sheffield



2019 Travel Bursary, Making Ways (Arts Council Funded)

2018 Derby County Council Award, Buxton Art Gallery and Museaum

2015 Best in Show Sheffield Fayre

Artist's Statement


Cath Dunn is a painter/printmaker inspired by land use and the rural and urban landscape. Fascinated by natural forms and a sense of place – rocks, trees, the lie of the land – Cath's primary interest lies in arrangement, abstraction and stylization. Using the patterns, curves and rhythms of the land she seeks to capture the spirit and her feelings for specific places. Colour, either vivid or subtle, perhaps influenced by living in Africa for many years, remains central to her work. Line is also important though not explicit, often created by the juxtaposition of contrasting colours and tones.


Cath works in a variety of materials with an emphasis on water-based media on paper.  These she uses in unusual ways, in blocks of colour to build an image based on the rhythms of dance and music she find in the landscape. Increasingly she is using combinations of materials: collograph, gouache and collage for example, to attain the textures she sees and feels.


Over the past five years or so, Cath has been exploring the Dark Peak, an area of heather, peat, rock and rough land around Sheffield. Visually, this provides her with a myriad of surfaces and patterns to explore in paint, printmaking and collage. Certain ecologies, such as the birch woods found throughout the Peak District, represent for Cath, the gracefulness found in other art forms such as contemporary dance. Metaphorically, the Dark Peak provides her with a sense of freedom while at the same time a pagan connection to the elements and a feeling of timelessness.


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