Exhibitions

Exhibitions & Events, Kathryn Parsons
 

2024 Exhibitions, Events & Workshops


Victorian Puzzle Purse & Nature Doodling
Wednesday 12th June 2024
7:00 - 8:45pm (including a 30 minute break when you can purchase refreshments)
at The Peacock, 26 London Road, Peterborough PE2 8AR
Make your own Victorian Puzzle Purse from folded paper, and decorate it with nature-inspired doodles!
All materials provided.
£10 without food
£15 including pizza (other food options available on the night)
To book contact Jessica.



Miniature Clay Fungi!
Saturday 29th June 2024
at The Sawtry Tea Room, 2 High Street, Sawtry, Cambs
10am - 12:30pm (including a 30 minute break when you can purchase refreshments)
Make a collection of miniature fungi sculptures from air-drying clay. All tools & materials provided.
£38
For more information and tickets click here.


Peterborough Artists Open Studios
6, 7, 8 & 9July 2024
from my studio in Peterborough, Cambs, UK[/link]



Porcelain Hanging Decorations Workshop, at Barnsdale Gardens
Saturday 2nd November 2024
at Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland, UK
10am - 12:30pm
Make a collection of beautiful porcelain hanging decorations, ready for Christmas or to enjoy all year round! We'll start with a short walk to collect inspiration from the stunning gardens at Barnsdale.
For details and bookings click here.


Langdyke Artists in Residence Exhibition
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 2024
at Torpel Nature Reserve, Helpston, Cambs






2023

Shock of the New
12th Jan - 6th May 2023
Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford, UK

Shock of the New, at Unit Twelve Exhibition
 



Swaddywell Spring Walkshop
15th April 2023
Swaddywell Nature Reserve, Peterborough, Cambs
Nature-craft and photography at beautiful Swaddywell Nature Reserve (near Peterborough & Stamford, UK). With Sarah Lambert and Kathryn Parsons, Artists in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust. More details here.


Miniature Treasure Boxes Workshop
Wednesday 10th May 2023
at Torpel Manor Field, Helpston
A gentle creative workshop including miniature clay sculpture and mono-printing with leaves. With Langdyke Countryside Trust. More details and booking here.


NatureCraft at Paston Farm Community Foundation
2nd June 2023
11am - 12:30pm
Free NatureCraft workshop on the first Friday of the month. Join us for a gentle wander in the garden leaves and flowers, followed by a creative activity using the treasures we've found. A different theme each month.


Swaddywell Summer Walkshop
Saturday 3rd June 2023
Swaddywell Nature Reserve, Peterborough, Cambs
Wild orchids, photography & nature doodling! A relaxing & fun morning at beautiful Swaddywell Nature Reserve, photographing & learning about orchids and creating nature doodles! With Sarah Lambert and Langdyke Countryside Trust.
More details here.


Midsummer Evening Walk on Westings Meadow
21st June 2023
Near Glinton, Cambs
Join Sarah Lambert and Kathryn Parsons for a relaxing, gentle walk on the site of ancient, forgotten Westings Meadow!
We'll share our research about this historic place and how it has been inspiring our artwork and photography over the last 12 months. More details here.


Peterborough Artists Open Studios
1, 2, 8 & 9 July 2023
12 - 5pm
from my studio in Peterborough, Cambs, UK[/link]


NatureCraft at Paston Farm Community Foundation
7th July 2023
11am - 12:30pm
Free NatureCraft workshop on the first Friday of the month. Join us for a gentle wander in the garden leaves and flowers, followed by a creative activity using the treasures we've found. A different theme each month.


Material Evidence
2nd-20th August,
Loughborough LE11
New work by artist-researchers Kathryn Parsons & Ruth Singer
Both artists have a research-led practice and often explore related topics including history and landscape.
opening times & dates vary, so please check details before travelling.
More here


NatureCraft at Paston Farm Community Foundation
Friday 4th August 2023
11am - 12:30pm
Free NatureCraft workshop on the first Friday of the month. Join us for a gentle wander in the garden leaves and flowers, followed by a creative activity using the treasures we've found. A different theme each month.


NatureCraft at Paston Farm Community Foundation
Friday 1st September 2023
11am - 12:30pm
Free NatureCraft workshop on the first Friday of the month. Join us for a gentle wander in the garden leaves and flowers, followed by a creative activity using the treasures we've found. A different theme each month.


Ground Beneath Our Feet
2nd September - end 2023
]GroundWork Gallery, King's Lynn, Norfolk, UK
Group exhibition of works created during a summer residency with GroundWork Gallery, responding to issues of extraction in West Norfolk.
Including opening events on 2nd September and 8th September 2023
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NatureCraft at Paston Farm Community Foundation
Friday 6th October 2023
11am - 12:30pm
Free Wild Weaving NatureCraft workshop. Join us for a gentle wander in the garden hunting for leaves and flowers, followed by a creative activity using the treasures we've found. A different theme each month.


Swaddywell Autumn Walkshop
Sunday 22nd October 2023
Swaddywell Nature Reserve, Peterborough, Cambs
Led by ecologist and photographer Sarah Lambert and me, we'll explore ways to capture the beauty and details of Swaddywell through photography. Sarah and I are Artists in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust, and this workshop is run with Langdyke, at one of their nature reserves. For more details please visit Langdyke's website.


NatureCraft at Paston Farm Community Foundation
Friday 3rd November 2023
11am - 12:30pm
Free NatureCraft workshop on the first Friday of the month. Join us for a gentle wander in the garden leaves and flowers, followed by a creative activity using the treasures we've found. A different theme each month.


NatureCraft at Paston Farm Community Foundation
Friday 1st December 2023
11am - 12:30pm
Free NatureCraft workshop on the first Friday of the month. Join us for a gentle wander in the garden leaves and flowers, followed by a creative activity using the treasures we've found. A different theme each month.





2022

Peterborough Christmas Artist Exhibition
26th November - 18th December 2022
Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery, Cambs, UK PE1 1LF


November Nature Craft
19th November 2022
at Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve, Cambs, UK
with Butterfly Conservation & Back from the Brink
book & more information here


Celebrate Nature!
12th & 13th November 2022
at Torpel, Helpston, Cambs (nearest postcode PE6 7DU)
Celebrating hyper-local landscape, history & nature
joint exhibition with Sarah Lambert
pedestrian entrance - https://w3w.co/afternoon.slip.mandates


Porcelain Wildflower Miniature Plaques Workshop
Saturday 6th August 2022
At The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, Chapel Road, Ramsey Heights PE26 2RS
Learn how to use porcelain clay to create beautiful miniature decorative plaques.


"In Residence" at Swaddywell Nature Reserve
20th May 2022, join Kathryn at Langdyke Countryside Trust's beauty-filled Swaddywell Nature Reserve, nr Peterborough, Cambs, UK


Festival of National Nature Reserves
21-22nd May, a small collection of moth sculptures at Woodwalton Fen Open Day
Woodwalton Fen, Cambridgeshire, UK


Peterborough Artists' Open Studios
2nd, 3rd, 9th & 10th July 2022
A treasure-trove of miniature mixed media moths and porcelain sculptures, handmade greetings cards & more. All welcome by appointment. More info & to book - CLICK HERE.


Porcelain Wildflower Miniature Plaques Workshop
Saturday 6th August
At The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, Chapel Road, Ramsey Heights PE26 2RS
Join me at the beautiful outdoor classroom, and learn how to use porcelain clay to create beautiful miniature decorative plaques.
Booking and details here.


"In Residence" with Langdyke Countryside Trust
19th August 2022 at Swaddywell Nature Reserve (weather-dependant) - sign up to my newsletter to hear when details have been confirmed




2021

 

Mini Christmas Open Studio
10th & 13th November 2021
Click HERE for more information and to book!




 


Wild Orchid Miniatures - Polymer Clay Online Workshop
Sat 14 Aug 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM BST
£45 including materials (UK only)

Wild orchids grow in some of my favourite places! I love hunting for them in summer meadows, kneeling down in the grass to see their curious shapes... glorious Bee Orchids, spikes of purple Common Spotted Orchids and wonderfully strange Man Orchids.

Join Kathryn for a relaxed, friendly workshop creating nature-inspired miniature sculptures!

For more info & to purchase tickets




 


Lichen and Fungi Miniatures - Polymer Clay Online Workshop
Sat 17 Jul 2021 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM BST

Another chance to take part in this popular workshop, creating miniature sculptures inspired by fungi and lichens! I'll also show you how to add a brooch pin to create a wearable work of art!

For more info & to purchase tickets




 


Open Studio - live via Zoom

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th June 2021
7-9pm BST

Join me online for a live drop-in online Open Studio! (links below)

I'll be sharing some of the stories from behind the scenes, talking about new work, the inspiration, the small details and beauty of nature... wildflowers, rare moths and more!

I've made some rather lovely short films to show, and have split the evening in to themes... it's a rolling program, so it really doesn't matter when you arrive!

Approximate timetable -

7pm & 8pm - Intro & film about my #SolaceInNature macro photography

7:20 & 8:20pm - Nature:Connect with Langdyke Countryside Trust with a virtual visit to one of the reserves

7:30 & 8:30pm - Miniature Moths, from feather & thread

7:45 & 8:45pm - Marking Time - the 2-year story of a piece of fabric, rust, cyanotype, eco-dying & more!


My open studio event is part of Peterborough Artists Open Studios



Restart Peterborough until 27th June 2021
group exhibition at Peterborough City Gallery, open when restrictions allow, see website for details.




2020

Virtual Open Studio 2020


Virtual Open Studio - Part 1
In this first episode, we go for an amble round Torpel Nature Reserve looking at wildflowers and lichens, and say hi to the sheep. I talk about my role as Artist in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust, and then we head to my studio to look more closely at some of my work.






Virtual Open Studio - Part 2
Focusing on my work with porcelain, it includes a mini tour and demonstration of working with clay. We look at some of the miniature sculptures inspired by the small details of the natural world, and chat about microscopic sea creatures, corals and other small wonders.






Virtual Open Studio - Part 3
Filmed in part at Swaddywell Nature Reserve, I talk about three key projects. Hear about a pair of sugar shoes I created for an exhibition at Burghley House, working with Art Pop-Up.... and a collection of miniature sculptures inspired by the micro-fungi researched at the University of Leicester.








Other events in 2020 have currently been cancelled or postponed.... I hope to see you in better times.




2019

Crimble at the Crumb
December 2019, at The Crumb Studio, Whittlesey.
With Janet Bates (Mixed Media), Ann Bellamy (Mixed Media), Denise Brown (ceramics), Jeni Cairns (Metalwork), Kathryn Parsons (Ceramics), Sam Roddan (Mixed Media) & Sue Shields (Printmaking)!


Affordable Art Fair with Peterborough Artists Open Studios (PAOS)
November 2019


 

Porcelain Workshop
October 2019
Come and enjoy a morning, or afternoon, creating your own miniature porcelain plaque inspired by wildflowers and fungi, and the Wildlife Trust's centre at Rushden Lakes, Northamptonshire.



Langdyke Stories Community Artwork & Langdyke Museum of Objects
14th - 28th September 2019
John Clare Cottage Museum, Woodgate, Helpston, Peterborough, Cambs PE6 7ED
Working with Kathryn as part of the key [868520] doesn't existLangdyke Stories project, over 300 people created their own miniature artworks inspired by the wildlife and local history associated with Langdyke Countryside Trust's nature reserves. Using papers that had been eco-printed with plans from Langdyke's reserves, they were then stitched together to make glorious art-bunting and displayed at the Trust's 20th anniversary celebrations. You can also see a selection from Langdyke's new Museum of Objects, complete with stories behind these precious belongings.

Langdyke Stories is an Art Pop-Up project, in association with Langdyke Countryside Trust.

Langdyke Stories & 20th Anniversary Celebration,
Friday 13th September 2019, from 4pm
St Kyneburgha Church & The Cedar Centre, Castor, Peterborough, Cambs, PE5 7AX

All welcome to the Langdyke Countryside Trust's 20th anniversary celebrations. All the artworks created for Langdyke Stories project will be exhibited, including Kathryn's Herbarium of Stories. Talks from...

Mark Cocker - naturalist & author & environmental tutor
Brian Eversham - Chief Excecutive of our local Wildlife Trusts & wildlife enthusiast
Harriet Mead - sculptor & President of the Society for Wildlife Artists
Jeremy Mynott - author of Birdscapes & founder member of New Networks for Nature
Kathryn Parsons - Artist in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust, and Langdyke Stories Artist with Art Pop-Up,

Langdyke Stories is a community art project and art residency led by Art Pop-Up, in partnership with Langdyke Countryside Trust.


Langdyke Stories - at Langdyke Countryside Trust's Summer Festival
Saturday 29th June 2019
Etton-Maxey Nature Reserve, Main Road, Etton, Cambs PE6 9EA
Kathryn is Artist in Residence with Langdyke Countryside Trust. Come along to Langdyke's summer festival to add to our Langdyke Stories community artwork and join in the fun with pond dipping, bug hunts, fossils, and more Langdyke Stories drop-in art workshops!
Langdyke Stories is organised by Art Pop-Up and funded by the Peterborough Community Fund #PeterboroughTogether.
Follow Kathryn’s Langdyke Stories blog at @LangdykeCT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Peterborough Artists' Open Studios 2019
July 2019
A very warm welcome to Kathryn's studio in north-west Cambridgeshire.
Please contact Kathryn or see the PAOS website for details.


Open Upp Art Exhibiton, Uppingham, Rutland
Saturday 2nd March - Saturday 23rd March
A Pop Up Gallery Exhibition with work by over 20 selected artists, in the historic market town of Uppingham.
8 Ayston Road, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9RL
Free entry, open Monday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm.
For enquiries please email openuppart@gmail.com, or see the OpenUppArt Facebook page


"Symbiosis" at Peterborough Open Art Exhibition
 

Peterborough Open Exhibition 2019
29th March - 26th May 2019
at Peterborough City Gallery, Priestgate, Peterborough, Cambs., PE1 1LF
Inspired by microfungi studied at the University of Leicester and created in collaboration with their scientific glass blower Gayle Price, key [854963] doesn't exist"Symbiosis" has now been selected for the Peterborough Open Exhibition.
Free entry most days, open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm, please check the Gallery's website for details.


 

Open Upp Art Exhibition 2, Uppingham, Rutland
April - May 2019
Open Upp Art returns to Uppingham with a different combination of artists. Kathryn will be exhibiting exquisite nature-inspired sculptures and pieces from her "Meadow & Sea" collection. You can find the gallery in the historic market town of Uppingham, just along the road from the renown Goldmark Gallery.
For enquiries please email openuppart@gmail.com, or see the OpenUppArt Facebook page


Peterborough Artists' Open Studios 2019
July 2019 and other times by arrangement
A very warm welcome to Kathryn's studio in north-west Cambridgeshire.
Please contact Kathryn or see the PAOS website for details.


Herbarium Finds
on-going
Nestled in Derby Museum's herbarium, in the 'notice nature feel joy' gallery, are a cluster of porcelain lichens...



2018

Norman Cross Gallery Winter Exhibition, Peterborough
4th November 2018- January 2019
A group exhibition, including a selection of Kathryn's coral sculptures. Open Saturdays 4th November - 31st December, 11am - 4pm, and at other times by appointment with the Gallery.


 

'Brief Encounters', Newark Houses Museum, Leicester
10th - 31st March 2018
Work by eight artists, each paired with a scientist from the University of Leicester, for British Science Week 2018. Including 'Symbiosis', a collection of glass, thread and porcelain micro-fungi, inspired by research at the University, by scientific glass blower Gayle Price and me.


Peterborough City Gallery Showcase Cabinet, Peterborough Museum, until April 2018


 

"MERAKI", Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge
4th February - 22nd April 2018


Peterborough Artists' Open Studios 2018
Summer 2018.



"Inspired by Botany" at Gallery Steel Rooms, Brigg, North Lincolnshire
September 2018 - January 2019



Demonstrating at The National Centre for Craft & Design
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Kathryn will be demonstrating her work with porcelain at The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. 11am - 3pm, free entry.



Porcelain Meadow Plaques Workshop
4th November 2018
At the Wildlife Trust's Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, Rushden Lakes. Study plants, fungi and lichen up close and then create a beautiful sculpted plaque using porcelain. All materials & tuition provided,


 

Affordable Art Fair, Alwalton
December 2018



Crimble at The Crumb 2018
With Janet Bates (Mixed Media), Ann Bellamy (Mixed Media), Denise Brown (ceramics), Jeni Cairns (Metalwork), Kathryn Parsons (Ceramics) and Sue Shields (Printmaking).
At The Crumb Studio, Coates, Whittlesey, Peterborough.


Herbarium Finds
current
Nestled in Derby Museum's herbarium, in the notice nature feel joy gallery, alongside dried lichen and moss specimens, are a cluster of porcelain lichens.



2017



Made in the East Midlands: The Collectors
at The National Centre for Craft and Design

20th May - 25th June 2017
Group exhibition commissioned by the NCCD, featuring four artists - Ann Povey, Jennie McCall, Paula Briggs and Kathryn Parsons at the NCCD, Sleaford, Lincs.


Norman Cross Gallery Winter Exhibition, Peterborough


Derby Impossible Cup and Herbarium Finds - Interventions at Derby Museum
current
Nestling beside the antique porcelain vessel that inspired it, the tiny key [758756] doesn't existDerby Impossible Cup is one of a series of interventions by different artists in the Derby Museum porcelain collection. Meanwhile, upstairs in the nature gallery tiny key [695298] doesn't existporcelain plants and fungi can be found in the herbarium.


Reflections and Shadows, at The Yarrow
Group Exhibition at The Yarrow Gallery, Oundle, open daily 10-4



Miniature Worlds
Clay workshops at Pick Triangle Nature Reserve, near Swadlincote, The National Forest, with Black to Green.


Fungi Printing Workshop
Beginners & family printmaking workshop, with Black to Green, National Forest and the Wildlife Trust.

Peterborough Artists' Open Studios 2016


2016
 

key [790306] doesn't existFound in the Fields, at The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford
16th January - 24th April 2016
Solo exhibition. A series of works inspired by plants and lichens found growing in places loved by the poet John Clare. Kathryn's collections of found materials, photographs and intricate porcelain sculptures tell of plants' fascinating structures, textures and forms. The exhibition includes work first created for 'UnEarthed" (see below), with new artworks that continue the story. "Found in the Fields" "Found in the Fields" is in the Project Space at the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, open daily from 10-5, free entry.

Derby Impossible Cup - Intervention at Derby Museum
Nestling beside the antique porcelain vessel that inspired it, the tiny Derby Impossible Cup is one of a series of interventions by different artists in the Museum's porcelain collection.

Showcase Cabinet, Peterborough City Art Gallery

Associate Artist with the John Clare Trust (on-going)

Open Exhibition


Polymer Plants Workshops with the Green Backyard

Peterborough Artists' Open Studios


Reflections and Shadows joint exhibition at
Group Exhibition at The Yarrow Gallery, Oundle.



2015


"Concept"
joint exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre, with Art Pop-Up Stamford Arts Festival

Peterborough Artists Open Studios

Life Essence joint exhibition at Willoughby Memorial Gallery exhibition with Prue Pye.




2014
 

"UnEarthed: John Clare" at John Clare Cottage, Helpston, then touring to Northampton Museum & Art Gallery and Peterborough City Gallery.

Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios



2013
"Fresh Take at Burghley", Lincolnsire - creation of two pairs of sugar shoes telling the tales of two women who lived at Burghley House
“Inspired By…” at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London until April 2013
Anglian Potters Christmas Exhibition, Cambridge
Still Working Exhibition, Leicester
Stamford Pottery Market
Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios


2012
“Inspired By…” at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London - October 2012-21st April 2013
Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios
Still Working Gallery Oakham
Stamford Pottery Market
Handmade in Peterborough
Anglian Potters Christmas Exhibition