About

Catherine Gray Mills

CV

 

In the past, as a sculptor, my thinking has been three dimensional. I was especially interested in building work from natural materials that decomposed back into the land. However my main practice is currently drawing and printmaking. Within printmaking, my interests lie with lithography and monoprinting.

When I was younger I worked for many years in steel, forging and welding, building sculptures, gates, candle brackets and other useful items . . . Then I returned to ceramics which had been an early love of mine, making pots initially at the Camden Arts Centre under the wonderful tutorage of Mo Abdullah.

Alongside and nourishing me, for many years, has been a practice of the Chinese exercise system of Chi Gong, taught by my wonderful late teacher Dr Shen Hongxun. There is, for me, a similarity between drawing and doing the physical movements of Chi Gong. There is a sense of joy and of stretching boundaries.

I have worked creatively with children in many settings from schools to adventure playgrounds, to private art classes. Many of these setting have been working with children with learning difficulties. I am also currently an independent visitor for a child in Foster Care.

I also teach adults both lithography and monoprinting.

EDUCATION

Academic and Professional Qualifications

2001 – 2003

UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE
MA Arts in Society

1983 – 1986

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE ART COLLEGE
BA Hons degree in Fine Art/Sculpture

2003

STROUD COLLEGE Gloucestershire
CFET Stage 1 teaching certificate

1991 – 1992

ROEHAMPTON INSTITUTE London
Diploma in “Art and Play in Therapeutic Work with Children”

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES

July 2018

TAMARIND INSTITUTE OF LITHOGRAPHY Albuquerque, New Mexico
Lithography printmaking Summer School

2005 – 2008

5x5x5
An educational organisation bringing together artists/teachers and children in the South West
Ongoing training sessions

2010 – 2018

GLOUCESTERSHIRE PRINT COOP Gloucestershire
EDINBURGH PRINT STUDIO Edinburgh
OAKS EDITION LITHOGRAPHY STUDIO 
London

Various lithography courses taught by Paul Croft, Simon Burder, Sue Drennen and Alistair Clark

TEACHING/EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Annual

GLOUCESTERSHIRE PRINT COOP
6 week courses in stone and plate lithography

Short courses in monoprinting at various venues

Ongoing

Teaching regular drawing groups with young children
Short term art projects in local schools

2017 June – July

EXPLORE & DRAW
Hosted by the MUSEUM IN THE PARK
Stroud

A series of free art sessions for children,
funded by Arts Council Southwest
Created and project-managed by Catherine

2007 – 2008

Active member of ‘AND‘ Artists’ Network Development
A group representing artists within 5x5x5 Early years Arts Project

2005 – 2007

5x5x5
Early Years Project Malmsbury Primary School
St. Saviours Church of England Primary School, Bath

EXHIBITIONS

Nov 2019

WOOLWICH
Contemporary Print Fair

2019

MUSEUM IN THE PARK Stroud

GLOUCESTER PRINT COOP
Summer Show

Nov 2018

CHAPEL ARTS Cheltenham
Group Print show

2017

STROUD 
Open Studios/ Trixter Studios

2016

MEME BAR Stroud
Solo show of prints and drawings

2014

RWA Bristol
Annual Open Exhibition

2012

IMPRESS Stroud, Gloucestershire
International Print Festival,  (Various venues)

2001 – 2017

STROUD VALLEYS ANNUAL OPEN STUDIOS 

March 2012

RUSKIN MILL GALLERY Nailsworth, Glos
Solo show of prints/drawings and sculpture

June 2010

STROUD VALLEYS OPEN STUDIOS
Land-based sculpture installation

June – Aug 2008

STAR ANISE CAFÉ Stroud, Glos
Solo show of sculpture, photographs and collage

June 2006

THE CHAPEL Amberley, Stroud, Glos
Sound and sculpture installation

May 2005

TAURUS CRAFTS Forest of Dean, Glos
Sound and sculpture installation

Sept 2004

NAGSHEAD NATURE RESERVE Forest of Dean, Glos
“Singing Pots” sound and sculpture and installation

1999

THE VERMONT STUDIO CENTRE Vermont
Two month residency plus exhibition

1992 – 2000

ACAVA STUDIOS London
Yearly open studios

Cy Landscape  Aluminium Plate Lithograph with Cine Collee 1/5