Catherine Headley


Artist Statement

My inspiration comes from my visits to Penwith in Cornwall, a magical land encircled by seas.  It is littered with the detritus of long ago, from Bronze Age cromlechs and Celtic crosses to the ruined engine houses of its abandoned tin mines.


The moors are a pagan world of standing stones and sweeps of bracken crowned by granite cairns and above the cliffs, a prehistoric landscape of small, misshapen fields, cattle pastures held fast since the Iron Age in a web of granite hedgebanks.


My colours, intensified by the dazzling Atlantic light, are the gorse and the heather, sea and sky, the strident greens and yellows and orange-gold of lichens on granite and a multitude of greys.


My imagery comes from the stones.  I am excited whenever I come across a menhir or quoit, stone circle, barrow or carn.  Most recently I have visited a fogou, in the courtyard house settlement of Carn Euny. The fogou, constructed around 500 BC, is invisible from above ground.  A low stone lined passage leads to a remarkable circular corbelled room, more than two metres high and four metres across.


My paintings are recreations of these memories.





Born in Leicester



Somerset College of Art



Bath Academy of Art, Corsham

BA Hons, Fine Art: Painting

Principle tutor   Adrian Heath



Post Graduate Art Teachers’ Certificate, Brighton University


Member of Leicester Print Workshop

Associate member of Penwith Society of Artists, St Ives

Artist in Residence in Stamford Arts Centre Lincolnshire since 1992


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Selected Solo Exhibitions



Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town hall



Nigel Gibson Interiors, Stamford. Lincolnshire



Lady Lodge Arts Centre, Peterborough, Cambs



Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, Lincolnshire



Longthorpe Tower, Peterborough, Cambs



Brighton College of Art Grand Parade Brighton


Selected Group Exhibitions



Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford Derbyshire

Number Four Gallery, St Abbs,  Berwickshire

Light Box Gallery, Showcase Exhibition LCB Depot, Leicester

Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington

Collagraph print, ‘Earth Mysteries’ chosen for Encyclopaedia of Printmaking,

Quarto Publishing


2017 – 2007

Leicester Society of Artists, Annual Exhibition



Open 28, Leicester Museaum & Art Gallery LCB Award

Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Yorkshire, ‘Paint into Print’

Kunsthuis Gallery,  Crayke, Yorkshire 27 Jan – 2 April

‘Revealed-Abstract Printmakers Collective

Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford

Cank Street Gallery, Leicester

Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour

Bircham Gallery, Holt, Norfolk



Belgrave St Ives Prints and Drawings

Leicester Society of Artists Prizewinner

Cank street Gallery, Leicester

Affordable Art Fair, Bristol with – Cank Street Gallery Leicester

Penwith Society Spring and Summer Exhibitions

Rob Fogell Gallery, Stamford Lincs. 10th anniversary  Summer Exhibition

International Small Print Exhibition, curated by Leicester Print Workshop

Open 27 Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, New Walk, Leicester
– Shortlisted for the Attenborough Prize

Stour Gallery ‘Making a Mark’ Spring Exhibition



Penwith Society Associates Winter and Summer Exhibitions

Stour gallery, Summer Show

Robert Fogell Gallery, Summer Landscapes



Penwith Society, Associates Summer and Winter Exhibition<, St Ives

Stour Gallery, ‘Cornish Exhibition’, Shipston on Stour

Made in Leicester SELECT – Directory reperesenting best of Leicestershire

and Rutland art work

Hunters Interiors, Stamford

Rutland Open

Leicester Open 25

Wistow Gallery

White Street Gallery, Kibworth



Robert Fogell Gallery, Stamford, Christmas Exhibition

Stour Gallery, Shipston on Stour.  Autumn Exhibition

‘Attic Artists’  Exhibition of the Four Artists in Residence in
Stamford Arts Centre

Studio Eleven Gallery, Hull.  ‘Edited Highlights’ in collaboration with Leicester Print Workshop

Collagraph ‘Shiva’s Shrine’ chosen for front cover of Irish poet,
Jim Maguire’s book of poetry ‘Music Field’



Stour Gallery, Shipton on Stour, Warwickshire

Midlands Print Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derbyshire



Summer Show Stoneman Gallery Penzance Cornwall

Collagraph ‘Summer Solstice’ chosen for front cover of Glen Cavalerios’s new book of poetry                               ‘Towards the Waiting Sun’



Leicester City Open


2010, 08, 07

Small Print Big Impression International Submission

Touring UK Curated by Leicester Print Workshop



Passion 2 Print Leicester Print Workshop Printmakers Leicester City Gallery

Print Show Bircham Gallery Holt Norfolk

Summer Exhibition Bircham Gallery Holt Norfolk

Summer Show Robert Fogell Gallery Stamford Lincolnshire

Winter Show Stoneman Gallery Penzance Cornwall



December Show Belgrave Gallery St Ives Cornwall

Winter Show Stoneman Gallery Penzance

Summer Exhibition Bircham Gallery

With Woodbine Contemporary Arts Uppingham Rutland:

Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam,

Affordable Art Fair Battersea London

Edinburgh Art Fair



Originals 08 Print Show Mall Galleries London

Affordable Art Fair Battersea Woodbine Gallery

New Artists Bircham Gallery Holt Norfolk



December Show Belgrave Gallery St Ives Cornwall

Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

Cambridge Contemporary Arts:

Secret Love Print Show

Art is Abstract

Christmas Show

Postcard from St Ives Belgrave Gallery St Ives Cornwall


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