Approved: 25.04.2019

Kate Bell

Artist, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 25.04.2019

Artist Statement


My work is concerned with concepts relating landscape to metaphysical thought about place and space. My practice is concerned with nature, transitional space and the phenomenology of place, questioning the boundary between representation and pure abstraction, and expanding the notion of how land and seascape are explored and understood.

The coastline, the edge of landscape, is a place where perception can be transformed and altered by memory and imagination. It is at a point where the veil between the two worlds of land and sea is the thinnest, exploring both the conscious and unconscious. It is a place where we make the greatest connection.

My creative practice stems from a fascination for this spiritual connection between land and sea, sea and sky, nature and mythology. My paintings are not a direct representation but more an embodiment of a sense of place through a continual dialogue between real and imagined geographies. Anomalies in land and seascapes harbour portals into other worlds through cracks, crevices, fissures, alignment of stones, sea caves, and the shoreline – thin places.

A close relationship with the Gower coast has provoked an on-going series of work, most recently paintings have been inspired by the poetry of Vernon Watkins, the Welsh metaphysical poet who also lived on the coast of Gower. The concept of space, both actual and pictorial; implications of time and space, movement through shifting tidelines, weather and light materialise in these paintings. Watkin’s work responds to our coastal landscape, through experience, myth and legend. I am fascinated by combining these two art forms, responding to his poetry through line, colour, texture and shape. I know the landscape of Gower well, having lived here most of my life and this helps me to work through sketches and paintings both in the environment but also through memory and imagination back in the studio.

CV & Education


I am a professional Artist and Lecturer. After completing my BA Hons at Canterbury(1982 – 85) and subsequently teaching at The Swansea College of Art, I did a Post Graduate Art Teacher’s Certificate PGATC in 1987.

I have since taught Art and Design in both Secondary Education, where I was Head of Art and Design (1990 -2000) at Bishopston Comprehensive and then in Further Education, teaching A level Fine Art and Foundation Degree Level at Gower College, Swansea (2000 – 2013). I completed my MA in Fine Art: Contemporary Dialogues from the Swansea College of Art, UWTSD, 2016, for which I was awarded a Distinction. I have since been a visiting lecturer at Swansea College of Art.

I have moderated on the AQA A Level Art And Design and GCSE examinations since 2000.

Currently I am a Lead Creative Agent for The Arts Council of Wales, in which I facilitate Arts projects across the curriculum, in both primary and secondary schools.

I am also Events Organiser for The Friends of The Glynn Vivian Gallery.

Primarily a painter, I work in a variety of media, including glass and ice.

An article about my current art work which showed in Landforms at Boundary Art, Cardiff, has recently been published in Wales Art Review

I currently have a solo exhibition entitled Music of Colours until June 1st 2019 at Oriel Lliw, which is showing some of my current series of work responding to the poetry of Vernon Watkins.

I was recently awarded First Prize in The Queen Street Gallery Open Competition, and will be having a solo show at the Gallery in February 2020.

I currently have a studio at Elysium Gallery Artist Studios, Orchard Street, Swansea

Kate Bell – Artist CV

Kate Bell

14, Southward Lane,


Swansea, SA3 4QE

[email protected]

Mobile: 07729008971                                         


2014-2016          MA in Fine Art, Contemporary Dialogues     Distinction

                             Swansea College of Art. University of Wales Trinity Saint David                                                               

1986-1987          Post Graduate Degree in Art Teaching PGATC, University of Wales, Cardiff                                              

1982-1985          BA Honours in Art/ English, Christchurch College, University of Kent Canterbury

Professional Experience

2018 – present                Visiting Lecturer, Swansea College of Art, UWTSD

2017 – present                Lead Creative Agent, Arts Council of Wales

2000 – 2013                     Lecturer in Fine Art A Level and Foundation, Gower College, Swansea

1991-2000                        Head of Art & Design, Bishopston Comprehensive School, Swansea

1989 – 1990                     Head of Art & Design, Ffynone House School Swansea

1987- 1989                       Teacher of Art and Drama, Cranbrook School, Kent

1985 – 1986                     Lecturer in Art and Design, Swansea Institute of Higher Education

Professional Development

2000 –2016                    AQA GCSE & A Level Art & Design Examiner/ Moderator

2017 – present               Lead Creative Agent for The Arts Council of Wales

2014 – present              Events Secretary for The Friends of The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea



Music of Colours. Solo Exhibition, Oriel Lliw, March - June 2019

Open Queen Street Gallery, Neath Feb 2019


Swansea Open 2018, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

Grey Dog, Winter Exhibition, Mumbles

Oriel Q Winter Exhibition, Narberth,

 Landforms, Autumn/Winter Exhibition Boundary Art, Cardiff

Somethings We Forgot to Remember, Swansea Museum

Alumni Painting Exhibition as part of BEEP Painting Prize, Swansea

Grey Dog, Mumbles Summer Exhibition

We are from further south than you, Undegun, Wrexham

ORIEL CRIC OPEN, Crickhowell,

M.A.D.E Cardiff, FLOURISH Spring Exhibition, Roath, Cardiff


International Women’s DaySwansea Artists @Cinema & Co & The Welfare Swansea

CONTINUUMS, Divergent Contemporary Art Collective, Kings Street Gallery, Carmarthen


SWANSEA OPEN 2017, The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

THE UA OPEN, United Society of Artists, The Menier Gallery, London

SHORELINES, Little Stone Gallery, Mumbles

Open Studios – Troublemakers Festival, Elysium Gallery Studios, Orchard Street Swansea

WMD Women of Many Dimensions Cinema & Co Swansea


Welcome to Tata, Port Talbot

Painter’s Studio Exhibition, BEEP Wales Contemporary Art Prize

Glynn Vivian Summer Exhibition, Swansea

Divided by The Meltwater, Swansea College of Art

MADE, MA Final Exhibition Volcano Theatre, Swansea

Reconstructing Ourselves, AMBU, Swansea College of Art

Welsh Sketchbooks Exhibition, Coleg Sirgar, Carmarthen


Reconstructing Ourselves, AMBU, Morriston Hospital

A Victorian Tapestri, Tapestri, Swansea

Divided by The Meltwater, Group Show, Petroc College, Bideford, Devon

2004 -7 Swansea Open, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery