Catherine is a London based artist and community arts facilitator. She has endless experience working with children creatively. After graduating from the University of the West of England with a degree in Drawing and Applied Arts, she stayed on in Bristol and began teaching art in primary schools and after-school clubs through companies such as Superstars Ltd. and GoSketch. Catherine continued to work with children through fantastic community arts and playwork organisations such as Kumiko Community Arts, APE project and still facilitates art workshops for all aged children each summer at music festivals such as Shambala, Starry Skies and Greenman.
Now Catherine is back in London to focus more on her personal art within a studio environment but misses the interaction with children. “I find the way children create art incredibly inspiring; it appears ‘free’, children draw, paint, make, for themselves and purely for the enjoyment. There are no boundaries with their imagination. They are not so concerned what others will think. I love helping with this, encouraging them, introducing them to new materials, discovering new methods. And it keeps me experimenting within my own practice”
As well as art, Catherine enjoys live music, reading, cooking, and travel. Although not as sporty as she was in the past, Catherine keeps fit by running, swimming and trampolining. As a teenager, she represented her school in cross-country, relay, and swimming races, outside of school she competed in Irish dancing feis (competitions). Nowadays Catherine enjoys the occasional game of rounders or badminton, but confesses she’s no real asset to her team mates!
She spends a lot of time in Ethiopia where she helps both children and adults with their English, and they help her with Amharic (the national language of Ethiopia). Her role model is Yeshi; a woman she lives with whilst out in Ethiopia. “I admire Yeshi so much! She was born with little opportunity but through hard work now supports a family of her own. She is an amazing woman; I never see her have a moment to herself but she is always happy and so caring. She has raised the most amazing respectful children. My particular interest with Yeshi is what a ‘modern’ woman she is; in her community, it is unusual for women to take on male roles such as killing the livestock to eat, but Yeshi does everything! And she is teaching her daughter to be the same as her brothers;that there is nothing a boy can do that a girl cannot.”