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CV: selected exhibitions
2019 Chatsworth House, Derbyshire with Peak District Artisans
2018 Wirksworth Arts Festival, Wirksworth
2018 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
2018 Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield
2018 Derbyshire County Council Award
2019 Making Ways (funding from Arts Council England, Sheffield City Council, The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University) travel bursary
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 – her primary interest lies in arrangement, abstraction and stylization. Using the patterns, curves and rhythms of the land Cath 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 finds 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 through the Peak District, represent the gracefulness found in other art forms such as music and 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.
Cath is originally from Scotland and divides her time between Edinburgh and Sheffield. Originally trained as a scientist specialising in natural resource and land use management, she has spent much of her life working for charities and development organisations in Africa and Asia. Cath’s mother was a poet and Cath hopes that influences of an environmental and land pattern outlook and of poetry can be seen in her work. She is now a full-time artist.
Cath is a member of the Society of Scottish Artists, Sheffield Printmakers and Peak District Artisans. She has work in private collections internationally and has undertaken commissions including for Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield, Oblong Furniture, Leeds and for the Sheffield poet Kevin Hanson.