Approved: 10.12.2008

Katharine Swailes

Artist, Maker

Approved: 10.12.2008

Katharine Swailes was awarded the Theo Moorman Award for Weaving in 2016 and also shortlisted for the Cordis Prize that year. She exhibits her work across the UK most recently at Flow Gallery, Contemporary Applied Arts, and the The Royal Scottish Academy Building, Edinburgh. 

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    Katharine Swailes was awarded the Theo Moorman Award for Weaving in 2016 and also shortlisted for the Cordis Prize that year. She exhibits her work across the UK most recently at Flow Gallery, Contemporary Applied Arts, and the The Royal Scottish Academy Building, Edinburgh. 

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training
    2000 - Professional Development Year, in Tapestry Weaving, West Dean College
    1999 - Post Graduate diploma in tapestry Weaving, West Dean College
    1980 - 1982 Northern Diploma in Applied Design, Carlisle College of Art

    Employment
    2013 - Master Weaver Designer - West Dean Tapestry Studio
    2013 - Designer Weaver WEFTFACED Tapestry Workshop
    2011 - 2013 - Studio Manager - West Dean Tapestry Studio
    2007 - 2011 - Senior Weaver - West Dean Tapestry Studio
    2000 - 2007 - Weaver West Dean Tapestry Studio
    1982 - 1999 - Costumier - Cosprop Ltd, London

    Group exhibitions

    2014 - Craft Now, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
    2014 - Open Studios, Chichester
    2013 - Finding the Unicorn - Tapestries Mythical and Modern, The Fleming Collection, London 
    2011 - Collect - Crafts Council Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, London
    2010 - Open Studios, Chichester, West Sussex
    2009 - Collect - Crafts Council Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, London
    2008 - Collect - Crafts Council Exhibition, V&A Museum, London
      
    Artist talks
    2013 - The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn, East Sussex Guild Spinners Weavers and Dyers
    2012 - 2013 - The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn, V&A Museum London
    2013 - Discovering Beauty, The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn: The Fleming Collection, London 
    2008 - 2012 The New Unicorn Tapestries, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
     
    Publications
    2013 - Finding the Unicorn, Tapestries Mythical and Modern
    2013 - Appollo, Agenda, Apollo’s guide to whats on around the world in April 
    2013 - Scottish Art News Magazine, Finding the Unicorn, Tracey Chevalier
    2011 - Tapestry - A Woven Narrative, Black Dog Publishing
    2008 - Fruit of the Loom, Crafts Magazine, Margot Coats
    2008 - Master Weavers at the Cloisters, Met Matters (Metropolitan Museum of Art)