Included in the recent group show ‘The way you came’, at Arthouse Gallery, 24th May to the 16th of June 2018, which highlighted a section of gallery artists exploring the landscape. Contemplating the return to and rekindling of the past in order to move forward through to the present, the exhibition explored the landscape as meditative, transformative, physical topographies to psychological, emotional and spiritual. My painting, ‘Hawkesbury’, acrylic on linen, 137 x 152 cm, 2018.

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My work is featured in the current Artist Profile magazine, Issue 41, 2017, in the Process section, page 130 to page 132. The article is written in my own words describing my current art practice and processes. The current work will culminate in an exhibition at ArtHouse Gallery in 2019, and the Manning Regional Gallery, also in 2019.



I have been included in the exhibition, ‘Land’ at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, with the work ‘Totems of the land’, an installation consisting of one painting and five ceramics works. The exhibition has been curated by the Katherine Roberts, senior curator of Many Art Gallery & Museum. The exhibition explores the concept of Land, as a possibility, a presence, a contested space, Landscape, headland, wasteland, landfill and landmine. It runs from the 3rd of November to the 3rd of December, 2017.


Part of the group exhibition at ArtHouse Gallery, ‘On Paper’ featuring twenty two gallery artists interpreting and experimenting with the paper form. 12 – 29th of April, 2017.


In September 2016 I contributed a ceramic work. ‘Calligraphic marks of the land’ to a group exhibition. ‘Drawing Conversations: Exhibition’ at the National Art School, invited by lecturer Deborah Marks. Lecturers invited fellow artists to explore the notion of draw
ing and its relevance in their at practice.


Contributed to the 2016 Redfern Biennale, curated by Damion Minton, part of Art Month, Sydney. My work ‘Movable Garden’ reflects my current home life, with  toys in a garden context. The unorthodox exhibition places installation based works in the streets of the NSW Housing Commission precinct in the Sydney suburb of Redfern.

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Finalist for the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2015. My work ‘Denbigh, inside and outside the home gate’ was produced at a friends property on farming land on the edges of Sydney.


kate-dorroughI have been selected for the Gallipoli Art Prize, held at the Gallipoli Memorial Club, Sydney, 23rd of April to the 3rd of May 2015. The prize reflects the creed of the Gallipoli Memorial club, with its values of “loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship. My work, ‘Bones of the land, the collective unconscious’, focuses on the landscape, a place of memory, suffering and of war. Bones the remnants and relics of this past. The figures, a soldier carrying a wounded comrades evokes the collective empathy of human suffering and compassion which unites us all.

IMG_6151Damien Minton (previous Damion Minton Gallery) is the curator of the annual event the ‘Redfern Biennale‘ (now part of Art Month, Sydney), invited me to contribute to this unorthodox exhibition out on the streets of the NSW Housing Commission precinct in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. The outdoor, eclectic and democratic happening was held for 7 hours on the 21st of March 2015. My work, ‘Domesticity’ incorporated a collection of found objects that reflects my personal world being a new mother. The stretcher frame, without a painting, except a small drawing of mother and child, the chair, the tea towel, the plate, various elements enveloping ones time in domestic life, the olive branch and the thorn propping up the stretcher frame, acceptance, fortitude, patience and love.

'Marking the terrain'

‘Marking the terrain’

I have been selected in the 43rd Muswellbrook Art Prize, 2015, judged by Anne Ryan, Curator of Australian prints, drawings and watercolours at the Art Gallery of NSW, with the painting, ‘Marking the Terrain, 98 x 107cm, acrylic on linen. The selected works will be exhibited at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, 1st March to the 19th of April 2015.

'Marking the terrain'

‘Marking the terrain’

'River country'

‘River country’

Invited to exhibit in the group exhibition ‘Gesture’ at the Blue Mountains Grammar School, curated by Gabrielle Jones. Fellow artists exhibited are Susan Baird, Anthony Cahill, Adrienne Doig, Coco Elder, Clara Hali, Julie Harris, Josh Honeyman, Polyxenia Joannou, Mathew Lynn, Rowen Matthews, David Middlebrook and Neil Taylor. From 5th September to the 28th of November 2014, Matcham Avenue, Wentworth Falls, NSW. The theme ‘Gesture’ refers to the subject or style of the drawing/artwork, and also refers also to the fact of drawing (with the hand) as well as the gesture that we, as artists, extend to each other, the community.

'Land & shadows'

‘Land & shadows

Kate has been selected for the 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award

‘Land & shadows’, stoneware ceramic with glaze, 40 x 36 x 22 cm

Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 6th September – 26th October 2014

A biennial award for ceramic artists all around the world, this years guest judge was Dr Patsy Hely

River bank

‘River bank’

Kate has been selected for the Australian Ceramics Association’s Biennial Exhibition 2014

‘The course of objects; the fine lines of inquiry’

Curator: Susan Ostling

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, 2 May – 8 June 2014

Planning is well underway for the next Members’ Exhibition ‘the course of objects; the fine lines of inquiry’, to be held at Manly Art Gallery & Museum from 2 May to 8 June 2014. From a record 94 expressions of interest, curator Susan Ostling has chosen the work of 29 members to be featured. This will be the first members’ exhibition without a theme but Susan has identified a number of currents in the work she saw and lists them as: ‘the environment and nature as a source for ideas; the aesthetics of still life; rigorous material investigation; the figure as a source of delight and wonder; and aspects of function.

Bones of the land

‘Bones of the land’

Kate has been selected for the Artisans in the Gardens Exhibition 2013

When: Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 October, 10 am-4 pm
Where: Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.
Cost: Free Entry

The popular Artisans in the Gardens exhibition returns, in 2013, for its thirteenth year. In keeping with its iconic location the exhibition will showcase the work of some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and craftspeople along with Indigenous Australian artists.

The exhibition will feature the works of artists from around Australia including emerging and established contemporary jewellers, ceramicists, glass makers, textile artists, weavers and sculptors.

This annual spring exhibition, presented by Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens, brings together some of the country’s most innovative and exciting artisans whose inspiration for their outstanding work is drawn from the beauty and complexity of nature.

All work is for sale and proceeds support the work of the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.

Reflections on the river

‘Reflections on the river’

Kate has been selected for the Starry Night Residency Program, New Mexico, USA, 2014

Starry Night Retreat’s AIR program provides artists, writers, and researchers with the opportunity to live and work as part of a small, creative community. The AIR program runs year-round and features writers, filmmakers, visual artists, and researchers of all disciplines. The primary goal of the program is to support self-directed artists in the creation of new work while offering an environment that promotes self-reflection as well as risk-taking, experimentation, and innovation in art in the quiet, rustic environment of southern New Mexico.