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Catherine Cartwright is a multi-disciplinary artist, working primarily with printmaking, drawing and film to explore the concept of freedom from containment, the passage to refuge and the associated socio-political agendas particularly impacting women.

Printmaking is an autonomous and nuanced strand of the practice. Printing and its long held association to social activism, a means to communicate political and pedagogic agendas, provides an immediate output for research and with its myriad possibilities for image making, enable a freedom through its process to articulate ideas of freedom and containment.

Cartwright is a director with Double Elephant Print Workshop in Exeter, UK, an associate artist with Dreadnought South West, a resident artist with Kaleider, and is currently doing her Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the University of West of England.

EXHIBITIONS – selected

Solo

16 Days of Action Brook Gallery, Exeter Nov-Dec 2015

To Still the Raging Sea Exeter Phoenix, Devon Jun 2014

Living On Riverside Gallery, Richmond upon Thames Sept-Nov 2013

Group

Five Women Printmakers White Moose Gallery, Devon Apr-May 2015

Absence & Presence San Francisco Center for the Book Dec-Jan 2015

Open Print 2014 Salisbury Arts Centre, Wiltshire Oct 2014

National Print Open Bankside Gallery, London Oct 2014

Arab British Centre London Mar 2014

Encuentro 2013 La Habana, Cuba Oct 2013

Pushing Print Margate Gallery, Margate, Kent Oct 2013

BITE Mall Galleries, London Sept 2012

Ludlow Open Ludlow Aug 2012

Equality & Endeavour Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton July-Sept 2012

Autumn Exhibition Royal West Academy, Bristol Oct 2011

Piece Work Friends Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co Laois, Ireland Nov 2011

 

COMMISSIONS & AWARDS

Culture Data Projector Fabians Film 2015

Arts Council England Grants for the Arts 2015

Exeter City Council Arts Projects 2015

Redefining Print Portfolio Brook Gallery & Double Elephant 2014-15

Arts Council England Grants for the Arts 2013-14

Visual Arts South West Professional Development grant 2014

Exeter Arts Council Grant for refuge residency 2014

Duplicate Editions South West showcase  2013

3D Digital Print Centre for Additive Layer Manufacture & Exeter Phoenix 2012

Politics in Print Devon Records Office 2010

 

LEAD ARTIST – PARTICIPATORY PROJECTS

Ancient Sunlight: The Book of Justice with Kaleider Sept 2014-

Creating a book with Year 10s exploring justice in the ‘Oil Age‘ Mar 2015

Round and Round You Turn Me with Carousel Project and University Sept 2013-

Exeter. Action-research into early years development through art practice July 2014

https://vimeo.com/109154502

How Clean are Your Clothes? with Arts & Culture Team, University of Exeter

Engaging students to consider who makes their clothes Mar-May 2014

Oxygen with Dreadnought SW  Jan-Jul 2013

Amplifying the voices of South West marginalised women via textile

map-making project aligned to national touring play “Oxygen”

The People of Northernhay Gardens with Double Elephant. Heritage May-Dec 2013

printmaking project with adults affected by mental health illness and students

Baskin-Hughes with Double Elephant. Printmaking and poetry project Oct-May 2012

with young people adults with mental health illness responding to Leonard Baskin and Ted Hughes print and poetry collaboration.

John Babbacombe Lee with Exeter Phoenix. Collaborating with dance artist

on a heritage project with young people Jan-June 2011

Messages from Devon with Devon Records Office. Multicultural participatory

print-stitch action with community groups. Jan-May 2010

Sewing for Peace with Exeter Phoenix and Devon United Women. 

Participatory art action creating 7 banners with over 100 participants

resulting in Walk for Peace on International Women’s Day 2009 Jan-April 2009

 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS/TALKS/READINGS

Visual Arts South West conference Presentation Nov 2014

Exeter Phoenix Artist Talk June 2014

The Arab British Centre http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBVmLKd9jIU Feb 2014

The Mosaic Rooms http://www.mosaicrooms.org/recorded-lectures/ Jan 2014

Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Poetry-Reading event Mar 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW3GCqqq5B4

 

PRESS COVERAGE

Artist Books project part of Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/21/literary-project-baghdad-bookselling-district

Film “The Last Resident” resulting from Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE) Residency

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Watch-Emotional-film-documents-resident-Exeter/story-21248086-detail/story.html