Morwenna Catt

Morwenna Catt

Bradford, United Kingdom

About Morwenna Catt

Born UK.
Morwenna has a degree in Art & Design and graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University. Her current practice includes textiles, painting, drawing, light boxes, installation and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; notably at The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Galerija Skuc in Ljubljana and Jack the Pelican in New York.

She began to work with textiles as a post graduate student and is now best known for her embroidered 2D and sculptural works. For many years she has also designed and created extravagant costumes and public works.

Morwenna has worked as a resident artist within Museum settings producing new work and larger scale commissions in response to collections at historical venues including commissions for English Heritage.

Artist Statement:

I began my artistic career as a Painter & Illustrator but I’m now best known for my embroidered 2D and sculptural textiles. My work is playful with a dark, sometimes subversive, edge. I like to populate spaces with a menagerie of animal or half-animal creatures and they often have their roots in familiar archetypes from Fairy Tales or from a mythological and nostalgic past. I love folklore and objects which have totemic or magical connotations. I am, by nature, a collector, gathering ‘treasure’ like a Magpie; objects, ephemera, rags, clothes, photographs, poems, texts – things used and worn away by human contact. I have a sense that a person retains a spark of life through the collecting and treasuring of things and the stories (real or imagined) that can be told about them.”


2000 MA Fine Art, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
1997 BA Art & Design, Bradford College of Art, Design & Textiles, Bradford


Solo exhibitions

2017 Songs from the Wood and other stories, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
2016 Sweethearts, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
2014 Charred Words for Old Birds, Epiphany Art Gallery, Wakefield
2013 Menagerie South Square Arts Centre, Thornton
2012 New Continental, "Up" exterior installation in Avenham Park + exhibition, Preston
2012 "Secret Tea Party" installation, Woodend, Scarborough
2010 Frou Frou, Fabric Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford
2009 Minor Repairs, Brass Gallery, Leeds
2009 Poison, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford
2008 Frou-Frou, Unit 9 Gallery, Bradford
2007 Poison, South Square Gallery, Bradford
2006 AtoB, Gallerija Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Selected Group exhibitions
2018 Craft and Conflict, Touring Exhibition, Highlights Contemporary Crafts, various Venues in the North of England
2018 Suffrage, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, S Wales
2017 International Textile Biennial, Haacht, Belgium
2017 Perception, Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield
2017 Human Kind, Stories from Wild Women, Aire Place Studios, Leeds,
2016 Decadent Drawing invoke Dark Arts, Whitby Paviilion, Whitby
2016 Threads, Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire
2016 Convergence, Festival Hall, Grassington
2016 Migration, The Wishbone Gallery, Grassington
2016 Taught, Dyehouse Gallery, Bradford
2016 Still Still Life, Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
2015 Touched, Ground floor Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
2015 Decadent Drawing invoke Dark Arts, Bram Stoker International Film Festival, Whitby
2015 The Guild Contemporary Textiles exhibition + Symposium, Temple Works, Leeds
2015 The Art of Remembering (touring) Beacon Museum, Whitehaven
2015 Chionodoxa (glory of the snow) Cupola Contemporary Art, Sheffield2015 In the Making, South Square Gallery, Thornton
2015 The Art of Remembering (touring) Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness
2014 The Art of Remembering, specially commissioned work for The Rheged, Cumbria
2014 Process, Cupola Contemporary Arts, Sheffield
2014 Wonder: An Exhibition for the Curious, The Wishbone Gallery, Grassington
2013 Curiosity Acquired, 20-21 Arts Centre, Scunthorpe
2012 4 Legs Good, 2 Legs Bad, The Beetroot Tree Gallery, Draycott, Derbyshire
2011/12 Birds : Elementals, St Lawrence University Gallery, New York
+ R Space Gallery, Lisburn, Northern Ireland
2011/12 Yorkshire Art Loop, Pop Up Art Space, Bradford
+ West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
2011 Drawing with Thread, The Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford
2010 Freaks, Shoreditch Town Hall Gallery, London
2010 Pornograph, Brass Gallery, Leeds
2009 Grassington Festival, Flights of Fancy
2009 Colouring Outside the Lines, Gallery II, University of Bradford
2009 Project DoDai, Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana, Ljubljana
2008 Flesh, Bradford Gallery, Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford
2008 Ship of Fools, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2008 SCOPE New York Art Fair, with Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery, New York
2008 Pricked: Extreme Embroidery, Museum of Arts & Design, New York
2007 Art for Nothing, Mestna Galerija, Nova Gorica, Slovenia
2007 Art for Nothing, Hoxton Square Gallery, London
2006 The French Re-Evolution, Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, London
2006 In Two Minds, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax
2006 Au creux du Desir, Hackney Empire Theatre, London
2005 Illuminate Launch Event, Illuminate Festival, Centenary Square, Bradford City Centre
2005 In Two Minds, Yorkshire Craft Centre, Bradford