Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire’s practice probes the beauty inherent in duality, exploring the play of opposites – at an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level – that characterises the way we conceive the world. She does this by appealing to our essential duality as human beings, to our senses and our reason, and by drawing on materials capable of embodying a dichotomous way of seeing, feeling and thinking. The finished work has a consistent ‘otherness’ to it that places it beyond our experience of the world, poised on a threshold between the parameters that define everyday reality.



Born in Norfolk, UK


BA Fine Art, University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK


MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, UK

– Lives and works in London, UK



Judge, Aesthetica Art Prize, UK

Inaugural member, Perrier-Jouët Art Salon, FR


Winner, ‘Heart of Glass’ Award, US


Artist Residencies


Art Omi International Artists Residency, New York, US


Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, CN


Selected Solo Exhibitions


Secrete, Galerie Huit, Hong Kong, CN

Scissure, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, FR


Secrete, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, DE


Lure, The Beaney: House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury, UK


Disquiet, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles / La Galerie Particuliere, Paris, FR

Lure, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, KR

Lure, The Gallery: Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK


Lure, All Visual Arts, London, UK

Auguri, La Galerie Particulière, Paris, France


Host, Pertwee: Anderson Gold, London, UK


Concrete and Glass, Hoxton Square, London, UK


All at Sea, Platts Eyot Island, London, UK

This & That, Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, CN


Parterre, Atrium Gallery, London, UK

Issue/Unthinking, M2 Gallery, London, UK


Selected Group Exhibitions


Creative Differences: Dyslexia and Neurodiversity in Science, Art and Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK

I Prefer Life: The Reydan Weiss Collection, Weserburg, Bremen, DE

Glassfever: Contemporary Art in Glass, DordtYart, Dordrecht Museum, Dordrecht, NL

Force of Nature, Gallery Valérie Bach, Brussels, BE

Rare Bird: John James Audubon and Contemporary Art, Berman Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, US


Glasstress 2015 Gotika, An official collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT

The Collective, The House of St Barnabas, London, UK

Complicit, Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, London, UK

Perter Randall-Page & Kate MccGWIRE, Rotal West of England Academey (RWA), Bristol, UK

Beauty of the Beast, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL


Akram Khan: One Side to the Other, The Lowry, Manchester, UK

Froward, The Drawing Schools Gallery: Eton College, Windsor, UK

Disquiet Beauty, Rochester Museum & Art Gallery, Rochester, UK

Covert, Musee de la Chasse et de la Natuer, Paris, FR

FIAC Hors Les Murs, Natural History Museum, Paris, FR

Real Maravilloso, La Galerie Particuliere, Brussels, BE

Hunting for Lost Crafts, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Highlands, UK

Coastal Currents Festival, St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, UK

The Wonder of Birds, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK

The Tourists, Felbrigg Hall: National Trust, Norwich, UK

Art and Alchemy, Museum Kunstpalast, Duüsseldorf, DE

Birds of Paradise, MoMu, Antwerp, NL


The Viewing Room, No. 1 Marylebone, Curated by All Visual Arts, London, UK

Open West 2013, Cheltenham Art Gallery + Museum, Cheltenham, UK

In Between – Inner and Outer Walkscapes, Gaasbeek Castle, Lennik, BE

Open West 2013, Newark Park, National Trust, UK

In Dreams, Cob Gallery, London, UK

SHOWcabinet, SHOWstudio, London, UK


Wonderful: Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke, me Collectors Room, Berlin, DE

Metamophosis: The Transformation of Being, Curated by All Visual Arts, London, UK

Nuit Blanche 2012, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, FR

Sculptor’s Drawing, Pangolin Gallery, Kings Place, London, UK

Unnatural – Natural History, Royal West of England Academy, Curated by Coates & Scarry, Bristol, UK

Everywhere and Nowhere, The Reydan Weiss Collection, Oberstdorf, GR

One Room, Three Global Names, St Martins Lane Hotel, Curated by Crane TV, London, UK

Memories of the Future, Thomas Olbricht Collection, Maison Rouge, Paris, FR


Eleventh Plateau, Archaeological Association of Athens, Athens, GR

Now & Then, Harris Lindsay, London, UK

House of Beasts, Attingham Park, National Trust, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK

Eleventh Plateau, Hydra Historical Archives Museum, Hydra, GR

Bound: Kate MccGwire & Alice Anderson, All Visual Arts, London, UK


Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, Curated by All Visual Arts, London, UK

Strangeness and Charm, Viktor Wynd Gallery, Curated by Richard Ducker, London, UK

Tatton Park Biennial, Curated by Danielle Arnaud/ Jordan Kaplan, Cheshire, UK

Dead or Alive, Museum of Art & Design, Curated by David R McFadden, New York, US


The Age of the Marvellous, No. 1 Marylebone, Curated by Joe La Placa, All Visual Arts, London, UK

Tunnel 228, Curated by Hamish Jenkinson / Kevin Spacey in conjunction with Punch Drunk, Waterloo Station, London, UK

The Space Between St Pancras Crypt, Curated by Marilene Oliver & Kate MccGwire, London, UK

The Animal Gaze Plymouth Museum, Curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick, Plymouth, UK

Gothic Contemporary, Art Society Exhibition, Shunt Vaults and Sotheby’s, London, UK

New London School in Berlin, Galerie Schuster, Curated by Zavier Ellis, Berlin, DE


Soot from the Funnel Lokaal01, Curated by Richard Ducker and Frederik Vergaert, Breda, NL

The Animal Gaze, Unit 2 Gallery and Metropolitan Works, Curated by Rosemarie McGoldrick, London, UK

Heart of Glass, Shoreditch Town Hall, Curated by Flora Fairbairn and Paul Hitchman, London, UK

This is not a Fairy Tale, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, UK

The Future Can Wait T1, The Old Truman Brewery, Curated by Zavier Ellis and Simon Rumley, London, UK

 Art Omi, International Artists Residency New York, US

 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition RA, Royal College of Art, London, UK

 Gothic, Fieldgate Gallery, Curated by Richard Ducker, London, UK

2000 – 2007

Tdunkelheit, St Pancras Crypt, Flora Fairbairn Projects, Curated by Annabelle Moreau, London, UK

Through the Looking Glass, Building 1000, Royal Albert Docks, Curated by ARTed, London, UK

Peculiar Encounters, ecArtspace, Curated by Sarah Dwyer and Laura Green, London, UK

Seige, Sidney Street, Curated by Angela Huntbach, London, UK

Galleon and Other Stories, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Time Share, Trinity Buoy Wharf & South Bank Barge House, London, UK

Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Select, Hockey Gallery, Farnham, UK



Saatchi Collection

Thomas Olbricht collection

Reydan Weiss Collection

Shenghua Art Centre, Nanjing, China

University College for the Creative Arts

Art Omi collection

Hampshire County Council collection

Various private collections in UK, Middle East and USA