About Kate

Working from photographs, sketches and memory, Kate creates stunning images based on  her love for the Devon and Cornwall coast and countryside. Defying any attempt to pigeonhole her extraordinary work, she summons these familiar scenes with the use of an unexpected array of materials or ‘ingredients’ and great technical dexterity. The result is something totally unique.

A recent move to the North Devon coast has fuelled her imagination and provided a wealth of inspiration right on the doorstep.

Kate has fulfilled numerous commissions and has had work exhibited throughout the South West and nationwide. She is an Academician at the South west Academy of Fine and Applied Arts (SWAc), a member of The Fine Art Trade Guild and an Associate Guild Society Artist (AGSA).

Kate Aggett smiling and looking into distance

Kate's story

My earliest memories of being creative stem back to childhood weekends and school holidays which were spent at the kitchen table, cutting out, sewing and sticking, usually peg dolls and papier-mâché objects. My inspiration would come from the boxes full of fabric, lace, braid, buttons and beads, which my mum had collected for her intricate miniature collage portraits.


She would pile it high on the table for me to delve in to. I’d lose hours, engrossed in completing individual projects. I was in my element.

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Family photo album - holiday pics

Both parents being artists had a huge influence on me and played a fundamental part in my creative development. Summer holidays and days out were usually geared around my dad finding the perfect spot to paint or to take photographs for future work. Whether it was Sundays spent on Dartmoor, camping in the South West Peninsula of Cornwall or Provence, Southern France, I was constantly exposed to inspiring scenery. 

 

The family saying “Look at the View!” has remained with me to this day, as my brother and I were always encouraged to do so.

My progression into an artistic career was a natural one. Being creative was my passion and it was something I excelled at. After completing a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design I went on to do a BA Honours Degree in Fashion and Textiles. It was during this time that I started to become inventive with the use of different materials in my work. 

 

One such project led to clothing being made out of rubber tyre inner tubes and my final year collection was machine knitted incorporating fuse wire! College allowed for my creative imagination to flow and producing something different and original was encouraged.

 

I still look at the most bizarre or ordinary, everyday objects and materials and wonder what I could make out of them.

Pinboard filled with Kate Aggett's photographs
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My early fascination with textiles, colour and fabrics has continued into my professional life and the magpie or squirrel approach to collecting materials (my ingredients!) is paramount to my way of working as a fine art collage artist.

Exhibitions and Art Fairs

Since 2010 Kate has been exhibiting in the Open and Academician’s shows of The South West Academy of Fine and Applied arts. Other regular exhibitions in the South West have included The Exeter Art Show at The Maynard and The Big Colyton Art Show.

Byard Art, Cambridge Exhibitions:

Location, Location, Exhibition 2021
3 June - 27 June
Christmas Cracker 2020
10 Nov - 25 Dec
Mixed Summer Exhibition 2020
18 Jul - 6 Sep
20 x 20 inch 2020
14 May - 22 June
Mixed Exhibition 2020
2 Jan - 26 Jan
Christmas Cracker 2019
8 Nov - 24 Dec
Land, Sea and Sky 2019
3 Oct - 27 Oct
Mixed Summer 2019
5 Jul - 1 Sep
Christmas Cracker 2018
5 Nov - 25 Dec
Mixed Summer 2018
5 Jul - 2 Sep
Breath of Fresh Air 2018
5 Apr - 29 Apr

Art Fairs:

Affordable Art Fair Battersea London, UK
8 Jul - 11 Jul 2021
1 1 Mar - 15 Mar 2020
7 Mar - 10 Mar 2019
Fresh : Contemporary Art Fair Cheltenham, UK
26 Apr - 28 Apr 2019