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Kate Steenhauer

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I was born and raised in The Netherlands, where I played competitive tennis in my youth. I came to Scotland to do a PhD in Coastal Engineering. I have always been passionate about drawing and after my degree I received private tuition from several well-established artists.

I am passionate about real life stories and find it meaningful and inspiring to engage with fellow creatives, general public, and audiences. I like to make work that is raw and real, holds vulnerabilities and celebrates defiant resistance.

My practice looks to move the traditionally static experience of visual art into a dynamic and interactive artform that is temporal, transient, and transformational. I work collaboratively with dance, opera, music, sound,  multi-voiced verbatim and Artificial Intelligence. These multi-disciplinary productions can be viewed through the mediums of theatre, film, (live) audio-visual installation and artwork; and offer a unique multifaceted experience.

In parallel I have a large portfolio capturing contemporary life at some of Scotland’s most iconic industries using printmaking and oil painting. I have had behind-the-scenes access at Speyside Cooperage, stood on helicopters in gigantic hangars at Aberdeen Heliport, captured life at the shipyards of Aberdeen, Knockando Woolmill and livestock auctions at Thainstone Mart.
Awards and Permanent Public Collection
2021 Connected Innovators Creative Edinburgh and Creative Informatics Award, Painting Music
2021 Make Do & Mend Residency, Stellar Quines and Bijli Productions, with Composer Maria Sappho
2020, 2017, 2012 Aberdeen City Visual Artist Award
2019 Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding Award, Painting Music (Film) with AI Specialist Dr. Starkey
2019 Creative Scotland, Open Project Funding, Painting Music (Live show) with AI Specialist Dr. Starkey
2019 Just Start Here, National Theatre of Scotland, The Shelter, Writer Shane Strachan & Composer Ross Whyte
2018 Haddo House Installation Arts Prize, Aberdeen Artists’ Society, Writer Strachan
2018 Creative Scotland, Open Project Funding, Hedda, Choreographer Newland
2018 Aberdeen Performing Arts, Freshly Squeezed Productions, Writer Shane Strachan
2017 CityMoves Dancy Programme with Choreographer Newland
2017 One Day to Play, National Theatre of Scotland
2016 Visiting Guest Artist Full Fellowship, Venice & Murano, Italy
2015 Meffan Museum and Gallery, The Colin Dakers Memorial Purchase Prize
2014 Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award
Multiple works held in permanent public collections of Aberdeen Maritime Museum and Angus Council

Live-Stage Drawing & Audio-Visual Productions
2020 In the Bell (Film)at No Labels No Walls
2020, 2019 Painting Music (Film), AI Specialist Dr. Starkey, Haddo Arts Festival, Visual Arts Scotland
2019 The Player Piano (Live Show), Composer Ross Whyte, Edinburgh Summerhall, Duff House Historic Environment Study Days
2019 Painting Music (Live Show), AI Engineering Specialist Dr. Starkey, Aberdeen University May Festival
2019 The Shelter, Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, CCA Glasgow
2019 The Shelter (Live Show), Just Start Here Festival, The Anatomy Rooms, National Theatre Scotland.
2018 Hedda (Live Show), Choreographer Newland, Aberdeen University May Festival
Topping the cask
  • Kate Steenhauer
  • Topping the cask
  • Etching
Speyside Cooperage
  • Kate Steenhauer
  • Speyside Cooperage
  • Etching
Back yard of Speyside Cooperage
  • Kate Steenhauer
  • Back yard of Speyside Cooperage
  • Etching
Sentinel Star readying to set sail
  • Kate Steenhauer
  • Sentinel Star readying to set sail
  • Etching
Toisa Valiant and the dock master
  • Kate Steenhauer
  • Toisa Valiant and the dock master
  • Etching
Arrivals and departures
  • Kate Steenhauer
  • Arrivals and departures
  • Etching
The rotorhead of a Super Puma
  • Kate Steenhauer
  • The rotorhead of a Super Puma
  • Etching
Nae plans - the jig
  • Kate Steenhauer
  • Nae plans - the jig
  • Drawing