Katie Anderson

Artist based in South West Scotland; interested in people, places, materials and collaborative practice.


SURGE, and they just don’t make them like they used to


Great to see this work finally up in the Patriothall Gallery in Edinburgh at the beginning of the month, after it’s been sitting about in my studio/in my brain for quite a while. Patriothall is a great exhibition space, very well hidden down an alley way in Stockbridge – the poshest place in Edinburgh, surely. SURGE, a group exhibition curated and organised by Upland, featured a really nice mixture of familiar and new works by 12 artists from across Dumfries and Galloway, and made a nice collection in the space. This has been my first exhibition in the central belt (!), but persuading new audiences into a space like this turns out to be trickier than it might have been. However, great to get the work out, framed and onto the wall somewhere, and spot the red dot tucked away underneath one!


It’s always the favourites that go, and so it is this time too, but so glad it has gone to a good home (big thank you to Clare for the support!).


My first experience also with a professional framer, and have to say how beautifully framed these look with thanks to Sam Cartman for sorting me out last minute and getting them finished perfectly.


Also, thanks to Upland for all the organising and for selecting the work-in-progress. It’s interesting to continue to look, playfully at the art gallery situation as a potential site or location for artworks, even if I often feel a bit puzzled as to their purpose once there. Potentially as a stepping stone towards the more personal, domestic environment gives the artwork a lifespan and new location to relate to.

‘they just don’t make them like they used to’ arrived after a long period of learning how to lift floors during my studio renovations last year. The length of the nails, coupled with the beautiful, heavy floor boards made the task arduous and lengthy, as the floorboards were lifted, possibly for the first time in their 170 year life; and this sparked an importance of keeping traces of this lifting, moving and replacing, of acknowledging the makers and tradespeople who came before.


Also, on the way back to the car, we spotted this excellent ghost sign, with layers of businesses and lettering on show. Super nice.

I’m on the hunt for gallery spaces for next year in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Newcastle or somewhere else out with D&G, that might be interested in a proposal for an exhibition featuring sculptures, film and photographs (possibly audio) as an installation exploring landscape and the documentation of one of my site specific pieces. If you’ve got any suggestions of places that might be interested or that I could approach, please give me a shout.

Reflecting over one shoulder, looking forward over the other

WASPS has been amazing

The insight and enthusiasm shared by the other artists

The encouragement that has surrounded me for 12 months

The opportunities that have opened up around me

The breathing space it has allowed me – to stretch, to test, to push at boundaries, to find the makings of a path

Thank you to everyone who has helped out along the way the last year (stovies included!), thanks to the WASPS studios and to the Holywood Trust for their support – I couldn’t have had a better start!


Bouncy ball amongst the seaweed

But now it is time to look ahead, to keep on towards the horizon, seek out new challenges and find new boundaries to test. The excitement doesn’t stop here!

It is time to right the life-petrol balance in my work, as my studio becomes my home and my home becomes my studio, the life-art practise boundaries need broken down and melded together. Although this blog was set out to document my year long residency in Kirkcudbright the decision came somewhat subconsciously without consideration to continue to update regularly with the happenings of my studio practise, wherever it may be – stay tuned!

Summer Exhibition – One week to go!

No time to stand and stare! A couple of days off and then back to the studio, which feels like I’ve barely been there for the past week or so whilst all the Guid Nychburris shenanigans have been kicking off. However, onwards is the theme for me this summer so onwards we head. 
Next off, the WASPS annual summer show in the Lesser Town Hall in Kirkcudbright.


Running from the 29th of June (next Saturday), for six whole weeks to coincide with the main exhibition up the stairs – there’s little excuse not to visit. The walls are up, I’ve even thrown some paint at them in an attempt to present something bordering on respectable – but this is looking like a full on week to get things finished up. 

Spring Fling – It’s Coming!

I have been warned, periodically, about the stress of Spring Fling. 

We have – six days left.

I may have stopped sleeping properly about two weeks ago.

Theoretically I can still get it all done in time. Theoretically.


Panicking. Me? Surely not.

The lovely Paula and I interviewed each other for the Spring Fling blog this week. It was the first opportunity in a while to talk about my work. Clearly I have a lot of work to do before next weekend!

The taster exhibition landed in Annan this week, and took off on Friday night with something of a bang. But who knew that it would be opened bang on six o’clock?! I always assumed art openings were kind of gradual things, artistic types being fashionably late… that’s not just me right?!


Never mind, it was a nice evening – and nobody looked at me like I was too much of a nutter when I gestured towards the glass golf ball in the cabinet in response to questioning!

For those of you less aware – Spring Fling arrives – regardless of whether I am ready or not!! – next weekend, 25th to the 27th of May, head to the Spring Fling website for all the details http://www.spring-fling.co.uk/artists/katie-anderson find me on the purple route, at studio 31! 

Spring Fling Sneak Peak

At long last! After many an hour/day toiling away persuading this to load – it has finally made it to the internet-sphere.
Apologies for the loose edit – some other time I might cut it a little tighter, hope it inspires a visit!

Quick Peek into my teeny studio from last weekend!

I’m not quite sure how to make my camera more happy about the panning business, but none the less – a good visual indicator of my studio on a ridiculously-tidy day!

Open Studio Madness

This week has been a simmering pot of stress. There have been lighting disasters, hanging dilemmas, tidying. Tidying again, Learning how to solder fragile wire frames. Learning not to throw fragile wire frames at the walls when they wouldn’t solder together. Tidying again. Attempting to create an ‘ambient’ studio playlist (think thomas newman, beirut and tracy chapman).


Fast forward the Open Studios bit – coping with strangers in my secret space, inspiring conersations, making pennies (although it feels slightly like feeding my petrol tank small bronzes.) I feel



Regained excitement and drive towards following the new direction of my work

changing tack


This is probably the most useful bit – stepping back and looking at what I’ve done in the past four months has highlighted: a) how little work I’ve actually made, and b) what’s wrong with the work I’ve made. 

I have also developed a frustration with the decrepit-ness of red phone boxes scattered through various villages, that stand as relics, crumbling monuments to a time past and forgotten.  

I am full of a new optimism, new pressure, new focus, new drive. Eeek!!

Open Studios event approaching…


The anxiety is building. And it isn’t a Christmas shopping anxiety – be it the second of December or not. Next Saturday I open my studio door to whoever happens to want to come in. I’m treating this as a marker point in my residency – a deadline, and a midway point. To assess, evaluate and progress (in theory). One of the nicest things about the past  four months has been the sense of freedom. Answering to no one has been liberating and after the close confines of university has allowed me to work without boundaries. Curiously, this release period has pushed my work back in a direction that feels more productive and this feels the right time to pause before changing tack. 



So, following conversations that have taken me a long time to follow up on – I am finally starting to take objects out into the wider world. Triangulation points got my interest a good while ago but have been on a bit of a back burner for a while now. They are outdoor plinths, ready made, site specific plinths – which is a strange sort of anti-plinth notion. At uni I always took a hostile position to the terrible MDF plinths that can swamp student shows and some gallery spaces. These on the other hand, seem different – sited as they are on various hill tops, permanent features. They should be at odds with with the landscape, these strange concrete structures, but strangely, they are absorbed into the place and their permanence makes them natural structures.