About Kate

I was born and raised in The Netherlands, where I played competitive tennis in my youth. I came to Scotland to do a PhD in Coastal Engineering. I have always been passionate about drawing and after my degree I received private tuition from several well-established artists.

I am passionate about real life stories and find it meaningful and inspiring to engage with fellow creatives, general public, and audiences. I like to make work that is raw and real, holds vulnerabilities and celebrates defiant resistance.

Make Do & Mend
My practice looks to move the traditionally static experience of visual art into a dynamic and interactive artform that is temporal, transient, and transformational. I work collaboratively with dance, opera, music, sound,  multi-voiced verbatim and Artificial Intelligence. These multi-disciplinary productions can be viewed through the mediums of theatre, film, (live) audio-visual installation and artwork; and offer a unique multifaceted experience.

In parallel I have a large portfolio capturing contemporary life at some of Scotland’s most iconic industries using printmaking and oil painting. I have had behind-the-scenes access at Speyside Cooperage, stood on helicopters in gigantic hangars at Aberdeen Heliport, captured life at the shipyards of Aberdeen, Knockando Woolmill and livestock auctions at Thainstone Mart.

  • 2020 Eion Stewart Fine Art Gallery, Stonehaven, UK
  • 2019 Eion Stewart Fine Art Gallery, Printmaking Show, Stonehaven, UK
  • 2018 Macmillan Art Show, Bonham Auction House, Edinburgh Fringe, UK
  • 2018 Aberdeen Artists Society, Haddo House, UK
  • 2017 Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, the Mitchell Glasgow, UK
  • 2017 Artist is represented by the Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2017 Macmillan Art Show, Bonham Auction House, Edinburgh Fringe, UK
  • 2017 Annual Exhibition, New English Art Club, the Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2017 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2016 Visual Arts Scotland, the Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2016 Winter exhibition, Meffan Museum and Art Gallery, Forfar, UK
  • 2016 The Masters, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London, UK
  • 2016 Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, the Mitchell Glasgow, UK
  • 2016 119th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Scottish Artists, RSA, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2016 Mixed Exhibition, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen, UK
  • 2016 Neo:Printprize, Bolton, UK
  • 2016 Capture Scotland, Arts Stop, Edinburgh Fringe, UK
  • 2016 Macmillan Art Show, Bonham Auction House, Edinburgh Fringe, UK
  • 2016 Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, the Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2016 Stuffed Gallery, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen, UK
  • 2015 National Open Art 2015 Competition, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • 2015 Winter show, Gallery at 55, Stonehaven, UK
  • 2015 Winter exhibition, Meffan Museum and Art Gallery, Forfar, UK
  • 2015 3-Man Show , Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen, UK
  • 2015 Annual Exhibition, New English Art Club, the Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2015 Aberdeen Artists Society 81stAnnual Exhibition, Suttie Arts Space at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK
  • 2015 Markmaking, SMART Consultants Exhibition, Aberdeen, UK
  • 2015 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2015 Visual Arts Scotland, the Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2015 Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, the Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2015 Shortlisted, Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition 2015, London, UK
  • 2014 Winter show, GalleryTen, West End, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2014 Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh Corn Exchange, November, UK
  • 2014 Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, the Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2014 Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK
  • 2014 Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, the Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2014 Shortlisted, Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition 2014, London, UK
  • 2013 Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2013 Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, the Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2013 Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK
  • 2013 Shortlisted, Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition 2013, London, UK
  • 2012 BITE, the Mall Galleries, London, UK
  • 2012 Visual Arts Scotland, the Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2012 Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK
  • 2012 Shortlisted, Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition 2012, London, UK
  • 2011 Scottish Drawing Competition, Paisley Art Institute, UK
  • 2011 Royal Scottish Academy Exhibition, the Mound, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2011 Aberdeen Artists Society 77th Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK
  • 2010 Aberdeen Artists Society 76th Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK
  • 2020 Panellist and interviews  Painting Music, Friday Forum Visual Arts Scotland
  • 2019 Double Dutch or a ‘Lecture on Drawing’, Duff House Study Days, Historic Environment Scotland
  • 2019 Panel member of ‘Drawing in the world’, Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition Hand Drawn, Action Packed at Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow
  • 2018 Creative-Me-Podcast Interview: Kate Steenhauer and Shane Strachan The Shelter
  • 2018 Spectra Aberdeen Interview: Festival of Light
  • 2018 Artists Engaging Aberdeen, Spectra Conference Panel and Presentation
  • 2018 Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council, Workshop and Talk on Artist Collaboration
  • 2015 Janice Forsyth Show BBC Radio Scotland