Statement 2016 & CV Catherine Headley

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. 


1948                 Born in Leicester

1973-74            Somerset College of Art

1974-77            Bath Academy of Art, Corsham

                         BA Hons, Fine Art: Painting

                         Principle tutor   Adrian Heath

1977-78            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


Solo Shows


2013                 Sock Gallery, Loughborough Town hall

2006                 Nigel Gibson Interiors, Stamford. Lincolnshire

1998                 Lady Lodge Arts Centre, Peterborough, Cambs

1992                 Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, Lincolnshire

1990                 Longthorpe Tower, Peterborough, Cambs

1981                 Brighton College of Art Grand Parade Brighton   


2016, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2003, 2000

                        Brisons Veor Artists’ Retreat Cape Cornwall

2005                Cill Rialaig Artists’ Retreat, West Coast of Ireland


Selected Group Exhibitions


2018                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    


2017                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



2016                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


2015                Penwith Society Associates Winter and Summer Exhibitions

                        Stour gallery, Summer Show

                        Robert Fogell Gallery, Summer Landscapes


2014                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


2013                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’


2012               Stour Gallery, Shipton on Stour, Warwickshire

                       Midlands Print Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, Derbyshire


2011               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’


2014-2004      Leicester City Open             


2010, 08, 07    Small Print Big Impression International Submission

                        Touring UK Curated by Leicester Print Workshop


2010-07           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

2009                 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

2008                Originals 08 Print Show Mall Galleries London

                        Affordable Art Fair Battersea Woodbine Gallery

                        New Artists Bircham Gallery Holt Norfolk   

2007                 December Show Belgrave Gallery St Ives Cornwall

                         Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

                         Cambridge Contemporary Arts:

                         February           Secret Love Print Show

                         July                    Art is Abstract

                         Dec                   Christmas Show

                         Postcard from St Ives Belgrave Gallery St Ives Cornwall

2006, 03, 1998, 97, 95, 94, 92, 89, 87

                          Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2006, 05, 04      Watch Out for the Small Print East Midlands Open Leicester City Gallery

                          Winner Leicester Print Workshop Prize 2004   

2006                  Cambridge Contemporary Arts Cambridge

                          St Leonard’s Gallery, Stamford

                          Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham

                          Printmakers’ Gallery, St Ives, Cornwal

                          Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

2005, 04, 03      Spotlight on Rutland Exhibition Catmose Gallery

                          Oakham Winner of Rutland Prize in 2004

                          Fermyn Woods Contemporary Arts, Northants

                          Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

                          Cambridge Contemporary Arts Cambridge

                           Affordable Art Fair Bristol with -

                           Printmakers' Gallery St Ives Cornwall

                           Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham

2004                   Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

                           Printmakers' Gallery, St Ives Cornwall

                           Fermyn Woods Contemporary Arts, Northants

                           Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham

                           Stamford Arts Centre with Trevor Tanser

2003                   Printmakers’ Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall with Susie Lee and Motoko Wakana

                           Orange Street Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland with Peter Turnbull

                           Edition 03 Print Show Muriel Barker Gallery - Grimsby  Prizewinner

                           Fermyn Woods Contemporary Arts, Northants

                           Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

2002                   Belgrave Gallery Small Paintings and Prints,

                           Rainyday Gallery, Penzance with Jennifer Semmens

                           A View of St Ives 3 Belgrave Gallery

                           Lemon Street Gallery, Truro, Cornwall

                           Badcocks Gallery, Newlyn, Cornwall

                           Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

                           Printmakers' Gallery, St Ives Cornwall

2001                   A View of St Ives 2 Belgrave Gallery

                           Printmakers' Gallery, St Ives Cornwall

                           Great Atlantic Gallery, St Just, Cornwall

2000-1992          Peterborough City Open

1999                   Derby City Open

1998                   Singer & Friedlander British Watercolour

                           Stamford Arts Centre with Trevor Tanser

1998, 97, 96, 95, 90, 88

                           Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour

1998                   Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour

                           Unseen Rutland Oakham School   

1997                   Rutland Independence Exhibition Oakham School

1996                   Eastern Open Fermoy Gallery Kings Lynn

1995                   Northamptonshire Open Alfred East Gallery Kettering

1994                   Stamford Arts Centre with Trevor Tanser

1991                   Pastel Society Mall Galleries London  

1981                   New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

                           New Metropole Art Centre, Folkestone

Catherine Headley

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