Idea, material, process and aesthetic become interwoven through experimentation, the importance of each constantly shifting.

I am an artist and printmaker based in West Yorkshire, UK. I have a playful, experimental approach to making work, producing one-off pieces and small, varied editions which combine drawing, printmaking and collage.

My art practice is rooted in a sensory fascination with my surroundings, and work is often the result of an unspoken dialogue with a particular place or a moment of time, real or imaginary. It is the places on the peripheries which interest me most; the remnants of places, forgotten and overlooked. Places at the intersection where two things meet, the in-between places;

where land meets sea
where natural meets man-made
where one shadow intersects another
where rough meets smooth
where memory meets the present moment
where the sublime meets the everyday
where the transient meets the permanent.

I am interested in the tension these opposing forces create, and my work aims to address the push and pull of these disparate elements, exploring dissonance, harmony and balance.

Drawing, photography and film are integral to my working process. I am drawn to their immediacy and use them as preliminary research tools, as a way of making a sensory connection to my subject matter. Printmaking and collage are mediums which help to form, distill and abstract, while keeping the physical act of making at the core of my practice. Idea, material, process and aesthetic become interwoven through experimentation, the importance of each constantly shifting.

It is the physicality of printmaking which resonates with me. Process echoes idea, and moments are captured and physically set into the surface of metal, wood or stone, through a conscious manipulation of the material – carving, scratching, sanding, layering - removing the image further from it's origin so that it becomes something new and other, allowing the viewer to interact with the work from their own position. In current work I am particularly interested in developing prints using hybrid techniques to express this idea of duality.

I grew up in south-west England before moving to Kingston-upon-Thames to study Fine Art, where I discovered my love for printmaking. After graduating in 2005, I went on to undertake a year’s artist residency at Intaglio Printmaker, London, followed by a Post-Graduate Internship at Leicester Print Workshop in 2013, and an artist Residency at Mi-LAB, Japan in 2018. Now based in sunny Yorkshire, I work from my studio as well as teaching printmaking and working as Print Studio Co-ordinator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

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2018 Shortlisted artist for the Flourish Award for excellence in printmaking at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, awarded the Great Art prize.

2013 Awarded Grants for the Arts funding from Arts Council, England


2018 Artist-in-Residence, Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (Mi-LAB), Kawaguchiko, Japan

2013-2014 Post-Graduate Fellowship in Stone Lithography, Leicester Print Workshop

2005-2006 Artist-in-residence, Intaglio Printmaker, London


2019 Education and Training Level 3 award, Kirklees College

2002-2005 Kingston University BA Fine Art

2001-2002 Exeter College, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design


Tate Library Artists' Book collection and various private collections.


I run short courses and workshops at various venues around the UK, including West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Hot Bed Press Printmakers Studio and Leicester Print Workshop. I have also run workshops for the Hepworth Wakefield, Double Elephant Print Workshop, Exeter, and The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield. You can see a list of upcoming workshops and events on the workshops page.



Unspoken Dialogues, solo show at Otley Courthouse, Jan 2019. 

Recent Prints, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk, duo exhibition with Sophie Layton, 7-21 Jul 2018.

Momentary Permanence, solo exhibition at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, 7 Jun-26 Jul 2014.

Momentary Permanence-Works in Progress, solo exhibition at LCB Depot Print Room, Leicester, 8 Jan-28 Feb 2014 

Making a Mark, duo exhibition with Sarah Du Feu, upstairs gallery, The Bowery, Leeds, 2012


> 2018

Flourish Award, West Yorkshire Print Workshop, exhibition of shortlisted artists, Oct-Nov 2018

The New Light Prize touring exhibition, Nov 2017-Jan 2019

The Hepworth Print Fair, Wakefield, 2-4 Mar 2018

> 2017

A Study in Stone, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donnington, 30 Sept-22 Oct 2017

> 2016

The Masters: Etching, Bankside Gallery, London, 9-20 November 2016

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London, 17-20 November 2016

Lady Beck Open Studios, Leeds, 16-18 Sept 2016

Paired Apart, group show, Aire Place Studios, Leeds, 5 Aug-2 Sept 2016

Our Friends From the North, an exhibition of work by invited Zillah Bell Gallery artists, The Drawing School, Eton College, 25 Jan-5 Mar 2016

> 2015

Leeds International Contemporary Artist Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds, 6-8 Mar 2015

> 2014

P2P 2014, Leicester Print Workshop, biennial exhibition of contemporary printmaking,
14 Oct-12 Dec 2014

Drawn to It, group show exploring the drawing process as the basis of visual language, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, 1 May-8 Jun 2014

> 2013

Edited Highlights, group show, Eleven Gallery, Hull

16th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, University of Leeds, Mar 2013

> 2012

Kaleid 2012, exhibition of artist books, The Art Academy, London

Bite 2012, Mall Galleries, London

Print, group show, Water Street Gallery, Todmorden

> 2011

Pushing Print, festival of Printmaking, Margate, Kent

Saltaire Arts Trail, Open Houses, Saltaire

Up Close, selected group exhibition of printmaking from across the UK, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey

Home from Home, exhibition of artist books alongside the 14th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, University of Leeds

> 2010

A4 Contemporary Printmakers Competition, runner-up, Wharepuke Print Studio, New Zealand, 2011

Artists Open Show 2010, Leeds Art Gallery

Spike Island Open Studios 2010, Bristol

Cabinet of Curiosities, exhibition alongside the 13th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, University of Leeds

> 2009

The London Group Open Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London

Artists Open Show 2009, Leeds Art Gallery

On Your Wall, Leeds Met Gallery

(sub)Missive, collaborative mail art book project, Corridor Gallery, University of Leeds

Impressions, group show by members of West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Huddersfield Art Gallery

Collaborate, group exhibition at South Square Gallery, Bradford

> 2008

Time and Space, exhibition of artist books, The Bowery, Leeds

> 2007

Works on Paper, joint exhibition with Aimee Day, R.K Burt Gallery, London

> 2006

Multiply, The Corn Exchange, Leeds

Originals '06, Mall Galleries, London

> 2005

Lines of Investigation, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Upon Thames


©2019 Kathryn Desforges