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Annie Cattrell

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  • Annie Cattrell is a Tutor in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art, where she has been a tutor since 2000. Cattrell has lectured in many art colleges including Edinburgh School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art, University University of Ulster and Australian National University in Canberra. Cattrell exhibits widely both nationally and internationally and has undertaken art commissions, including recently at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. 

  • Biography

  • Cattrell was born in Glasgow and studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and the University of Ulster, and Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art. Cattrell is Reader in Fine Art and Research Group Leader in Fine Art and Photography at De Montfort University. Since 2014 she has been Lead Artist for the New Museum Site at Cambridge University a ten year major redevelopment. Recently she completed a large scale sculpture commission called Resounding for the new award winning John Henry Brookes building designed by Design Engine for Oxford Brookes University. 

  • Practice

  • Cattrell works closely in dialogue with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science. This cross-disciplinary approach has enabled her to learn in depth about these fields and informs her cutting-edge research. She is particularly interested in where art, science and the poetic meet.

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  • External collaborations

  • Annie Cattrell’s collaborations include working with Professor Morten L Kringelbach, neuroscientist at Oxford University and professor at CFIN Aarhus University Denmark; Cape Farewell, Scottish Islands Expedition; Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Society of British Sculptors and Cambridge University.

    External Examining:

    Chelsea School of Art, (MA Fine Art)

    University of the Highlands and Islands, (BA Fine Art-Textiles)

    University of Newcastle, (BA Fine Art)

    Bath Spa University (BA Fine Art)

    University of Staffordshire (BA Glass)

    University of Central England (BA Fine Art)

    University of Gloucestershire (PhD)

    University of Southern Australia (PhD)

    University of Sunderland (PhD)

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions: 

    Timespan, Sutherland, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, 2012

    Conditions, Phoenix Square, Leicester, 2010

    Fathom, The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, 2010

    Anne Faggionato Gallery, London, 2006

    From Within, Faraday Museum, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, 2002

    All or Nothing, Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 2001


    Selected Group Exhibitions:

    Objects on the Edge, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2015

    Scottish Drawings, RSA, Edinburgh, 2015

    Period Table, Compton Verney Art Gallery, Warwickshire, 2015

    The Power of the Sea, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2014

    Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature, Architecture Foundation, London, 2014

    Brains (The Mind as Matter), Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester and Wellcome Foundation, London, 2014

    Sea Change, John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, 2013

    Designing Health, Designhuis, Eindhoven, 2013

    The Artists’ Studio, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2012

    Carbon, Escape Foundation, Paris, 2012

    Pertaining to Things Natural, John Mayor Gallery and Chelsea Physic Garden, London, 2012

    Unknown Fields (Recent British Drawings), Trinity Fine Art Contemporary, Young Gallery, Salisbury, 2012

    Works on Paper, Eb and Flow Gallery, London, 2012

    Lonely at the Top (Graphology Chapter 3), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA), 2011

    Human+, Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin, 2011

    Hybrid, Moving Image Centre, Auckland, 2010

    Medicine and Art: Imagining the Future for Life and Love, Mori Museum, Tokyo, 2009–10

    Not Nothing, curated by MuHKA, Mechelen, 2009

    Paper Cuts, Fredericke Taylor Gallery, New York, 2008

    Out of the Ordinary at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2007–9

    Invisible Worlds at Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany, 2006

    The Body: Art and Science at Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, and Einfach Komplex, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, 2005

    Cattrell’s work is owned by the Wellcome Trust, MacManus Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Art Galleries, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Edinburgh City Art Centre and many private collections.


    Selected Commissions, Projects and Residencies

    North Range Buildings, New Museum Site, Cambridge University, 2014–17 (commission)

    Ness River, Inverness, Scotland, 2015–16 (commission)

    Resounding, The Forum, Oxford Brookes University 2015–16 (commission)

    Masterplan Lead Artist, New Museum Site, Cambridge University

    Cape Farewell, Scottish Islands Expedition, 2011

    Healing and Reconciliation Chapel, Portsmouth Cathedral, 2011 (commission) 

    Lewisham Hospital main entrance, 2011

    Creative Scotland/RSA Residency, The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, 2010

    U.W.H.A, Murray House, Westminster, London, 2009–10 (exterior commission) 

    Glaxo Smith Klein Beecham, Hammersmith Hospital, London, 2009–10 (commission) 

    Capacity, University Hospital Lewisham, 2008

    0 to 10,000,000, New Biochemistry Department, Oxford University, 2007–8

    Echo, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire, 2007–8

    In 2008 she jointly won the international Bombay Sapphire Art Prize.

    She has completed many residencies and fellowships, these include at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, The Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Camden Art Centre, British School at Rome and the ACE Helen Chadwick Fellowship at Oxford University and AHRC Art, Science and Technology fellow at De Montfort University.

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  • Awards and Grants

  • RSA New Contemporaries 2015, Selection Panel

    Hope Scott Trust Award for Publication, 2011

    Wellcome Trust grant for research and production of new work for Coming of Age exhibition at the Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle, 2010

    Bombay Sapphire Prize joint winner, 2008

    Fellow Royal British Society of Sculptors

    Royal Scottish Academician  (Elect)

    Swansea Lagoon, International Sculpture Commission, Selection Panel

    General Purpose Committee, RSA, Edinburgh

    Exhibition selection panel, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

    Commission, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, selection panel

    Board Member, Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust

    Scottish Arts Council, Dundee Visual Artists Award Panel

    Committee Member Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

  • Research students

  • Charlotte Humphrey

Selected work