Katayoun Dowlatshahi creates work for public and private commissions and specialises in photography, drawing, architectural glass and time based media. She has successfully integrated contemporary art into a variety of landscapes, public spaces, regeneration projects and urban environments. Her practice is rooted in printmaking in the broadest sense. She has developed an interdisciplinary approach to her work; context and site specificity are always integral and are also motivating factors when researching new projects for gallery based work as well as public realm commissions. Photography is a constant in her work, often deconstructed and combined with other materials to produce fascinating results. In one of her latest projects, Orbit, the curator Les Buckingham comments on Katayoun's exceptional assemblage of photographic works. He writes, "The results are always thought-provoking and intellectually rigorous, but they are also emotionally connected, and moving on a human scale. In short, they are beautiful." This summarises and encapsulates Katayoun's devotion and care in bringing together detailed studies combined with her own personal touches to each project. She presents each work in a contemplative and creative way enabling the viewer to experience an inspirational, artistic and uplifting display. Kate Sweeney Art Perspective: Art in Architechture www. p e r s p e c t i v e a i a . c om
CV & Education
2000 - 2004 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Gloucestershire
1993 - 1994 M. A. European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art
1988 - 1991 B.A. Hons. Printmaking, Edinburgh College of Art
1987 - 1988 Pre-BA Foundation Course, Reigate School of Art and Design
1995 AMTIS The Arts Management Training, Edinburgh, ‘Survival Skills for Visual Artists’
1992 City and Guilds Summer School, London, Intensive in Figure Drawing
2013 Arts Council England Award (North West) Joint application with Dan Community Ltd
2011 Arts Council England Award (South East)
2010 Quay Arts Open Exhibition Winner, Isle of Wight
2009 Arts Council England Award (South East)
2003 Arts Council England Award (South West)
2002 Dame Janet Trotter Trust
2002 Eleanor Greenwood Fund
2002 The Sir Richard Stapley Education Trust
2000 Visual Arts Award, Northern Arts, Sunderland
2000 Travel and Training Award, Northern Arts, Newcastle
1997 The S.A.A.C. (Scottish Artists, Artist Craftsmen) Award
1996 The S.S.A. (Society of Scottish Artists) Award
1992 The Prince’s Trust Award, Edinburgh
1989 Andrew Grant Traveling Scholarship, Edinburgh
residencies & fellowships
2006 Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, USA
2005 Forest of Dean: Digital fellowship, Uni. of Gloucestershire & F.of Dean Sculpture Trust
2003 Lancashire: Community consultations in Backup and Stackstead, UK
2000 ‘Fotoseptiembre 2000’, International Centre, San Antonio, USA
1998 Haddington: John Muir commission, UK
1998 Durham Cathedral Artist in Residence, UK
1995 Edinburgh College of Art: Resident Artist, Applied & Architectural Glass, UK
2017 Appointed Lead Artist to work with FrancisKnight Public Art Consultancy on a Public Art Strategy for Rochester Riverside, commissioned by Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd
2016 Commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council to undertake the design, fabrication and delivery of 18 bollards and 7 feature bollards for Frodsham Street in Chester.
2016 Commissioned by Riverside Extra Care Scheme in Hull to produce Vinyl works for the front elevation of the site at Hawthorn Avenue and permanent art works for the interior of the building.
2016 Commissioned by Place Services, Essex County Council to create an artwork for full integration into a public realm scheme for The Lanes in Colchester.
2015 Commissioned by Medway Council and Network Rail to create a vinyl artwork for the glass elevations of the new Station building in Rochester.
2014 Appointed Lead Artist for In-Site, Chatham, mentoring 6 emerging and mid career artists on live public realm commissions alongside the river Medway.
2014 In my capacity as Lead Artist for Northwich I have been appointed as mentor to an emerging artist commissioned to create a site specific installation for Barons Quay, Northwich.
2012 Appointed Lead Artist by Cheshire West and Chester Council to work with two client led design teams on the regeneration of Northwich and to write a public art stratedgy for the town.
Between 2013 - 2016 a number of artworks were commissioned early for full integration in the redevelopment of The Memorial Court and the regeneration of Barons Quay.
2011 Appointed by Cheshire West and Chester Council to work with the Council Landscape Architect on the renewal of the historic high street in Norwich to imbed art into the public realm.
2010 Commissioned by the Millais Gallery and Millais Off Site Projects to create a temporary site specific photographic art work for the site of the Sir James Matthews Building in Southampton.
2009 Commissioned by Gloucester Heritage Regeneration Trust to imbed art into the public realm at Back Badge Square, Gloucester Docks.
2009 Commissioned by Redrow Homes to design a significant glass installation for the front elevation of a new housing scheme in Bletchley, adjacent to Bletchley Park.
2007 Commissioned by Canterbury City Council and Bellway Homes to design and fabricate two glass installations for St. Mildred’s Tannery in Canterbury City Centre.
2007 Commissioned by Ginkgo Projects to design and fabricate sanctuary windows for a new NHS hospital at Newton Abbot.
2007 Commissioned by Insite Arts to undertake the initial design and fabrication of ten structurally integral light boxes in Leicester city centre for Hammersons Plc.
2006 Commissioned by Insite Arts to undertake the initial design and fabrication of a significant glass commission in Exeter City Centre for Land Securities Group Plc.
2006 Appointed Lead Artist, to undertake initial designs for a Public Art Commission in Wolverhampton, working with Wolverhampton City Council Landscape Architects.
2006 Appointed the 1st and 2nd stage design of a Public Art Commission at Sunniside Gardens Sunderland, and to work with Robinson Landscape Architects.
2006 Commissioned to create installations for a 3 day night time presentation of digital art works with three other artists in the Forest of Dean, called Reveal: Scratching the Surface.
2005 Appointed Lead Artist to work with Commissions North, Tynedale Council and GLR Architects on the building of a new swimming pool / leisure centre for Hexham, Northumberland.
2005 Commissioned to undertake, in the initial design and fabrication of a Public Art Commission at the Beehive Centre in Cambridge by The British Land Group Plc.
2003 Culvert Commission in Bacup, Lancashire. Commissioned by CITE Commissions in the Environment as Lead Artist.
2003 Westonbirt International Festival of Gardens, Westonbirt Arboretum. Commissioned by Forestry Commission create a site specific art work for the Arboretum.
2003 The New ‘Arcadia’ Cunard Cruise liner. Commissioned by Elstone & Haze Associates to create an art work for the P&O ship, representing the best of British contemporary art.
2000 East Lothian Council Headquarters, Haddington. Commissioned by IPA Independent Public Arts ltd. to create an art work to be sited at the John Muir Building.
2000 City and West End: Victoria Street SW1. Short listed to design an art work for Victoria St. London in conjunction with the Architects MacCormac, Jamieson & Prichard by Modus Operandi.
2000 Newcastle International Airport. short listed to design an artwork for Newcastle Airport: International Terminal in conjunction with the National Glass Center and Commissions North.
1999 East Lothian Council Headquarters, Haddington. Commissioned by IPA Independent Public Arts Ltd. to design an art work for the new extension and to lead on consultations.
1998 Art in Fort Augustus. Commissioned by IPA Independent Public Arts Ltd. To create a site specific public Art Work in consultation with the local community, at Fort Augustus - Scotland.
1997 Fotofeis. Commissioned £4,500.00 to produce a new body of work for Fotofeis International Photography Festival at the Aberdeen Art Gallery, School Hill Aberdeen.
1995 LDDC London Docklands Development Corporation Commission; Short listed to design a Public Art Work at the site of the Cannon Workshops at West Ferry Rd, Isle of Dogs by PACA.
2011 Orbit, Catalogue to accompany the exhibition at the West Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight
2009 Drawing with Light: The Pencil of Nature, Doctorate Thesis, pub.by VDM Verlag Dr. Muller
2008 Ancient + Modern: The Art and Architecture of Princesshay, Exeter
2006 Catalogue for A Sculptural Landscape, an art loan collection, University of Winchester
2003 Foundation Course: Drawing, Octopus Publishing Group
2003 Catalogue for Lux Open 2003: A DNet Project
2001 Purchase Plan, Commissioned for Artist’s Aside by AN - the Artists Information Company
2000 Residency, Commissioned for Professional Artist Stories by AN - the Artists Information Co
2000 Handbook to…Negotiating Your Art in Public Spaces, Commissioned by Northumbria Uni
1999 Catalogue to accompany the exhibition Internal Realms: External Spaces
1998 SSA, Society of Scottish Artists catalogue, invited installation work
1997 (Re)Visions of Sex, Fotofeis Ltd.: The 3rd biennial of International photo based art
selected art exhibitions since 2010
2015 Apertures of Light, (June - August) Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester / Solo Show
2015 Regenerating - Public Art in Northwich, Weaver Hall Museum & Workhouse, Northwich
2012 Orbit, (January - Febraury) First Floor Gallery, Portsmouth / Solo Show
2011 Orbit-Offsite, West High Down, Rocket Testing Facility, Needles New Battery, Isle of Wight
2011 Orbit, (October - December) West Gallery, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight / Solo Show
2011 Restless Nature, a curated exhibition at Newlyn Gallery, Newlyn
2011 Restless Nature, a curated exhibition at Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
2010 Quay Arts Open, The West Gallery, Quary Arts, Isle of Wight, December 2010
2010 Millais Gallery and Millais Off Site Projects, Sir James Matthews Building, Southampton
2010 OutSide In - A curated exhibition of artists working in the public realm, SW1 Gallery, London
2010 Heft: Weight &Touch in Contemporary Sculpture, The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre
2010 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2010 From the Darkness - Light in Contemporary Art, Mascalls Gallery, Brighton
2010 Liminal, SPACE Gallery, Portsmouth / Solo Show
2010 ArtSway Open, ArtSway, Sway, New Forest