About Kate

About - the shelter

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

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