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Kathleen Reilly

MA work

the kitchen is the gallery is the kitchen

My show developed from an interest in the edge. Resulting in a broader understanding of in-between space, liminality and points of transition. Everyday experiences of the edge were recorded poetically to create tangible works. Words were picked in which associations could be made to remove myself from the original scenario allowing juxtapositions to form such as the sole of a shoe and a lemon sole. Objects flux between circumstance while capture fleeting moments or unconscious habits. With a strong interest in the domestic setting I have marked the kitchen as the gallery and explore its capabilities.


  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Jewellery & Metal, 2018

  • Kathleen Reilly is a Scottish metalsmith and interdisciplinary maker. Her work explores expectations of contemporary dining practice. Everyday understandings are examined through Reilly’s own method of poetic problem solving. This involves writing to develop making with an attraction to practicality. She reinvents the common place with elegant and often witty outcomes that can carry ambiguous functions.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Silversmithing & Jewellery, Glasgow School of Art, 2015
  • Experience

  • Artist in Residence, Designskolen Kolding, Denmark, September-December 2015; Gallery Intern, Flowers Gallery NY, New York City, July-August 2015; Prop Intern, Hothouse IWG (Rick Owens for Selfridges), London, July-August 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Talente 2018, Messe Munchen, Munich, 2018; Steinbeissers Experimental Gastronomy, The Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, 2017; Cutlery Showcase presented by The Institute of Making, The Worshipful Company of Cutlers, London, 2016; waiting for a table, Solo Show presented by Very Friendly, The Voidoid Archive, Glasgow, 2016; Converge 2016, Scottish National Gallery Academy Building, Edinburgh, 2016; Talents at Ambiente, Messe Frankfurt, Germany, 2016; Artist In Residence Show, Designskolen Kolding, Denmark, 2015; Perspectives in Gold, Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow, 2014; Instore by Noritaka Tatehana, Hole in the Wall Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo, 2013
  • Awards

  • Finalist for Talente Award, 2018; Ambiente Trends First Prize, Ambiente Frankfurt, 2016; Nominated for The Newbery Medal, 2015; The Incorporation of Hammermen Prize, 2015; Silver Bullion Grant (The Goldsmiths Company London), 2014 & 2015