Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Guest Speaker: Catherine Aldred

 Catherine Aldred will join us on campus to give a talk at  on her work as an illustrator.

She will also give a workshop entitled ‘Drawing the city in-between the lines’to Art and Design students. This will focus on location drawing and architecture.

Catherine Aldred is an illustrator whose interest lies in capturing the world around her through pen, ink and watercolour drawings and printmaking methods. She has a particular interest in the architectural detailing of buildings in both urban and landscape settings.



Her black and white pen and ink illustrations for the New Arcadian Journal  (www.newarcadianpress.co.uk), reflect Catherine’s interest in architecture, gardens, sculpture and follies in historic settings.

Catherine has exhibited widely in both group and solo shows, in spaces as diverse as The Institute of Contemporary Arts and Association of Illustrators in London; the Design Innovation Centre, the Brahm Gallery, Seven Arts Centre, Headingley Arts & Enterprise Centre; Leeds University gallery, the Henry Moore Institute library and Leeds Art Gallery; Kentmere House Gallery, The Mansion House, National Railway Headquarters and the city art gallery in York; Holmfirth Art Week; and the Fondation Coubertin, Yvelines, near Paris.


Catherine also works to commission. Her illustrations have featured in a wide variety of publications including Homes and Gardens, Artists and Illustrators, Cheshire Life and Yorkshire Life magazines. She was recently commissioned to draw Smithfield General Market in London, by SAVE Britain’s Heritage, for their preservation campaign, by Hurlingham the Bath Company illustrating their vintage roll-top baths for a number of interiors magazines, and by John Lewis, illustrating Leeds landmarks for the launch of their Leeds store in autumn 2016.  Work for television has included BBC TV Jackanory and producing storyboards for Watershed Pictures Ltd for a children’s nursery rhyme video.In addition, she has produced limited edition lithographs, lino and gocco prints and future plans include an increased focus on printmaking.


This talk is open to all School of Design students at Clothworkers Central Building Speakman LT (G.89)


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