Cat Coulson

Artwork & Inspirations.

About

I live in Dumfries And Galloway, South West Scotland, near the coastal village of Rockcliffe on the River Urr Estuary. I work from my home studio which is surrounded by lowland heath which is carefully managed for wildlife and rich in species diversity. I also have a base in Gatehouse of Fleet within the Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. I was born and educated in London and Surrey, and moved in 2016 from Lincolnshire to Galloway, after looking for a number of years to find an area in the UK that inspired me in terms of diverse natural habitats, local respect and love for the environment and artistic community. I was impressed by the quality and professionalism of arts opportunities here, while managing to retain a focus on the heart of the area and its unique rural and wild character. There are endless sources of inspiration nearby, forests, rivers, coast and countryside. The surrounding area includes a UNESCO biosphere reserve; the UK’s only dark sky park, there are RAMSAR and SSSI reserves along the estuary coastline and Wildlife and Wetland Trust reserves.

To supplement my visual arts degree, i have studied oil painting techniques, abstraction and expressionism at the Norfolk School of Art under the tuition of Martin Kinnear. I am part of the Rockcliffe Art Group with wildlife artist John Threlfall. I exhibit paintings at local spaces and am currently working on a wild places and nature reserves project, and preparing for a solo exhibition of my artwork. I travel around the country looking for wild places to inspire my work, and hope to be able to use my work to help protect these places in the future.

I have a background in film-making, television production, sound production, cinematography and script-writing as well as poetry and photography. I have an interest in textile art and previously ran creative workshops. I have been part of a pottery group and am currently involved in a local art group. In addition to my degree i have studied specific oil painting techniques at the Norfolk School of Art. I have great interest in the environment and natural habitats, blog and write about nature reserves and wild places, have researched for wildlife documentaries and volunteer for various citizen science projects.

Exhibitions

2017 ‘The People’s Parliament’ permanent exhibition. Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.

2016 The Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery, Corby Glen. Lincolnshire.

2015 Long Eaton Art Room Open Studio Summer Exhibition. Long Eaton, Nottingham.

2014 Aslackby Art Festival and Open Gardens. Aslackby, Lincolnshire.

2014 Long Eaton Art Room Open Studios, Art & Craft Fair. Nottingham.

2013 The Willoughby Memorial Trust Gallery. Corby Glen, Lincolnshire.

Competitions/Achievements

My photograph ‘Fire & Ice’ taken in Rockcliffe was selected from over 5,000 entries to reflect the beauty and diversity of Scotland’s coastal and wild spaces in a competition by the Parliament art curator for the Scottish Parliament as part of the permanent onsite exhibition ‘The People’s Parliament’.

Film ‘Barcode (5014957046986)’ selected in a competition and purchased for broadcast on ITV (Meridian)

Film ‘Easternisation’ selected as top marked film for screening at 2000 Pieces BATV Degree Show, De Lane Lea Sound Center (Warner Bros.) in Soho.

Conservation Volunteer Projects

Bat Recorder, Southern Scotland Bat Survey, British Trust for Ornithology & SNH. Monitoring a km square area in Rockcliffe to record bat species using detectors.

The Shark Trust, Dumfries & Galloway. Citizen science project recording egg cases for data collection. Funded by Save our Seas Foundation.

Planter and recorder, Life on The Verge, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust –  helping local council reach biodiversity targets by surveying and designating, extending and replanting Local Wildlife sites to make corridors for wildflowers and butterflies and moths etc along roadsides and threatened chalk and limestone grassland.

RSPB volunteer for raising awareness and encouraging membership.

Memberships

A-n The Artists Information Company

 

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