catrin webster

Dr Catrin Webster BA, Post Graduate Higher Diploma, PhD

0.4 Fractional lecturer art and design, MA and BA

MA Pathway Leader, Visual Communication

Tel: +44 (0) 1972 481285

  • To deliver lectures as part of the MA  courses
  • To run MA seminars and tutorials, with special responsibility for the MA in Visual Communication.
  • To supervise BA dissertations, MA Reports and PhD theses.

Webster is interested in contemporary, post digital painting practice and has recently worked with film, performance and installation, as part of collaborative research with Exeter and Glasgow Universities, funded by the AHRC and Arts Council of Wales.

She has exhibited widely both in the United Kingdom and overseas, including solo exhibitions in Reykjavik, Rome and group exhibitions curated by the Ikon, Birmingham, Mostyn, Llandudno and the Qatar International Cultural Festival, Doha. Examples of Webster's work can be seen in both private and public collections, including the Arts Council of Great Britain Collection, Hayward Gallery, London.

Residencies and scholarships include, Abbey Scholar in Painting at the British School in Rome, British Council, Artist-in-Residence, Doha, Qatar, Creative Wales Award, Wakelin Purchase Prize,The Geoffrey Crawshay Memorial Travel Scholarship, Arts and Business Award, British  Embassy Iceland,Artist-in-Residence, Reykjavík, Green Mountain College, Artist-in-Residence, Vermont, USA and Samling Foundation, Artist-in Residence, Lake District.

Academic interests are centred on concepts relating landscape to philosophical thought about place and space.

With its origins in PhD research (Intimate Distance 2006-10) and dialogues with Professor Peter Merriman, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Aberystwyth (published 2009), Webster’s recent work as Leverhulme Artist in Residence (2012-13), University of Exeter addresses the practice of painting at the intersection of cultural geography, spatial theory and fine art. Professor John Wylie, Department of Geography and Life Science, University of Exeter, states that, ‘geographers have long been interested in art, and in particular landscape art – both figurative and abstract – because of the key role it plays in shaping senses of nature, natural beauty and value, and cultural identities’.

Current collaborative research with Professor Wylie, has enabled critical reflection on a number of perennial conceptual issues for both geographers and visual artists in which the cultural geography of the practice of contemporary landscape painting/drawing is explored. These include the character and formatting of spaces and objects in painterly perception, questions of proximity, distance and relation, and finally the overarching question of spatial representation and ‘semblance’ in visual art.

Webster supervises BA dissertation research and writing

MA Fine Art, specialisms in painting and drawing

MA Visual Communication

MA theory seminars, specialisms in socially engaged practice, constructs of landscape, the sublime, place and space.

PhD supervision

Professional development, marketing and selfpromotion.

The overarching research question which underpins this on-going research is centred on the apprehension and performance of space and the rendering of experience through arts practice. The concept of ‘Lived Abstraction’ is key, Wylie states that:

'The ‘’lived’’ and the ‘’abstract’’ are often placed in opposition to one another. The lived often connotes the immediate, the emotional, and the bodily, or sensual while the abstract would seem to refer to the relational, the diagrammatic and the mental.  

Alternatively the lived might construe the grounded and the common-sensical, and the abstract by contrast a kind of scholastic unworldliness and innocence.  But as with so many such pairings that attempt to divide, experience, we can argue – no pure moment of presently ‘lived’ stands apart from its apprehension and recuperation, from forethought and memory. And equally no abstraction – no idea, no image, theorem or plan, could ultimately sever the lifeline to the lived on which it surreptitiously relies.’

Creative practitioner, innovative educationalist, communicator  and academic collaborator.

Expertise includes:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Student centred teaching
  • Art and Design course development and delivery at BA, MA and pre-degree level
  • Public engagement
  • Gallery education
  • Curation and exhibition installation
  • Socially engaged practice
  • Co- authored art work and collaborative research
  • Entrepreneurial approach
  • successful grant application
  • Project and team management
  • Project accountancy
  • Internationalism

Webster has been a member of:

  • The Visual Arts Advisory Panel, Arts Council of Wales
  • Art Works Wales
  • Wales at Venice Steering Committee
  • The Editorial board for Planet magazine
  • Board member for Safle
  • She has been:
  • Selector Wales Drawing Biennale
  • Guest curator, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • External examiner, Coleg Sir Gar
  • Consultant for Art and Design inset days for LEAs across Wales
  • Workshop leader NEAT initiative
  • Lead Artist Opt for Art initiative
  • Workshop leader, Oriel. Davies running Master classes
  • Awarded Arts and business award Wales, nominated Arts and Business Award, UK
  • Lead Artist AHRC Beyond Text initiative
  • Leverhulme Artist in Residence, University of Exeter

Merriman, P and Webster, C, Travel Projects: landscape, art, movement,Cultural Geographies, Volume 16, Number 4, (London 2009), pp. 525 – 535,

Webster, C. The journey and movement, repetition and time: Drawing within my visual practice, Journal of Visual Art Practice, Volume 11 issue 1 (2012)

Exhibition Record (summary): 

2014. A Survey of Contemporary Landscape, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

2014. Correspondences: Centenary Exhibition of Paintings by Contemporary Artists in Response to R.S.Thomas' Life and Writing, Oriel Plas Glynn y Wedd

2014. Collectanea, Coleg sir Gar

2013. Along the Surface: Some Big Paintings and a Motorbike, the Gas Works gallery, Aberystwyth

2013. Red Road, Glasgow, in collaboration with Streetlevel Photoworks, Glasgow, Future memory in RedRoad, performance

2013. Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Leverhulme Artist in Residence Exhibition, Lived Abstraction

2012. Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, 1000 Colours Blue

2012. Taliesin Art Centre, Swansea, City of Sea and Sky: solo exhibition

2011. St Davids Hall, Cardiff, Artemisia

2010. Networking and Electronic Media (NEM) Barcelona,European Summit, exhibition, invited artist

2009. Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies, Exeter, De-placing Future Memory

2009. J.W.T. Gallery, London, solo exhibition, In Transit –Unrestricted View, solo exhibition

2008. Oriel Davies, Newtown, RE: Drawing

2007. In Transit, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

2005. Museum Of Saint-Brieuc, France, solo exhibition, In Transit –Unrestricted View

2004. Doha, Qatar, Exhibiting Artist Qatar International Cultural Festival

2004. Museum of Contemporary Art, Reykjavik, Terra Firma, solo exhibition

2003. Gallery by the Lake, Keswick, Lake District, Oriel: View Finder, solo exhibition

Conferences (past five years, summary):

2013. Eye opener: plein air geographies of colour, light and shadow, School of Geography and the Environment,University of Oxford               

2013. The Matter of Painting, University of Bristol, Experimental Geography: Politics and Matter, workshop

2013. Learning to draw is learning to see: apprehending visual worlds otherwise, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, at the NordicGeographers Meeting, Conference

2013. Eye-opener: plein air geographies of colour, light and shadow, Annual International Geographical Society Conference at The Royal Geographical Society, London, New frontiers of geographical knowledge and practice conference   

2013. Immanuel Kant, I Can, Motorbike Cultures, International conference, Chelsea School of Art, London

2012. Language-Based Area Studies (LBAS), University of Glasgow’s, Advanced Training in Research  Methods Conference

2012. Translating Cultures, AHRC funded, Glasgow University, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

2011. Drawing Conference, Swansea Metropolitan University

2010. Networking and Electronic Media (NEM) European, invited artist, Barcelona

2010. Beyond Text AHRC, Conference speaker, RADA, London

200. Action Art Exhibition, in conjunction with AHRC Performing LandscapeConference, University of Aberystwyth

2008-09. De-Placing Future Memory, AHRC, Beyond Text, Exeter University

2007. Engage, International Conference: A Force For Change, guest speaker, Manchester                                                                            


  • AHRC Beyond Text
  • Leverhulme
  • Arts Council of Wales
  • Wales Arts international
  • British Council
  • Arts and Business