Kate Davis

Born 1977, New Zealand. Lives and works in Glasgow
More info at: Galerie Kamm, Berlin


2002-04 Committee Member, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
2000-01    MPhil, The Place of Printed Matter in Contemporary Art, Glasgow School of Art
1997-2000 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art (First Class with Distinction for Dissertation)

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014 Solo exhibitions at Dunedin Public Art Gallery and City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand / ‘Germinal’, GENERATION commission, Glasgow Women’s Library
2013 ‘Eight Blocks or a Field’, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
2012 ‘Not Just the Perfect Moments’, The Drawing Room, London
2011 ‘Ranziges Fett’, Galerie Kamm, Berlin / ‘Peace at last!’, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
2010 ‘¿Qué tenemos que hacer con una habitación propia?’, La Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico / ‘¿Qué tenemos que hacer con una habitación propia?’, La Galeria de Comercio, Mexico City / ‘The Long Loch: How Do We Go On From Here?’, two-person commission with Faith Wilding for Glasgow International, The CCA, Glasgow

Selected Group Exhibitions/Projects/Screenings
2014 Group exhibition, Art Stations Foundation (curated by Kasia Redzisz), Poznan, Poland / GENERATION: 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh / ‘Assembly: A Survey of Recent Artists’ Film and Video in Britain 2008-13’, Tate Britain, London

2013 ‘Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm’ (co-curated by Stacy Boldrick) Tate Britain, London / ‘Hymns for Mr. Suzuki’ (curated by Karen Archey), Abron Arts Center, New York / ‘Costume: Written Clothing’ (curated by Claire Jackson) Tramway, Glasgow / ‘Living with War: Artists on War and Conflict’, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow

2012 ‘Olinka or Where Movement is Created’, Museo Rufino Tamayo (curated by Adam Szymczyk), Mexico City  / ‘eva International’, (curated by Annie Fletcher) Limerick, Ireland / ‘Sammlung Rheingold Exhibition 2012’, Schloss Dyck, Jüchen, Germany / ‘Studio 58’, Glasgow School of Art (curated by Sarah Lowndes), Glasgow / ‘Sanctuary/Comraich’, Mount Stuart (curated by Sophie Crichton Stuart and James Mackay), Isle of Bute, Scotland

2011 “You seem the same as always,-”, The Common Guild, Glasgow / ‘Screening Room’, (programmed by Regina Barunke), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne / ‘History as an Object’, (screening programmed by Steven Cairns), DCA, Dundee
Beholder, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh / ‘Transmitter/Receiver’, Arts Council of England touring exhibition / ‘The DEATHANDDADA of Everyday Life’, Galerie Lehtinen, Berlin / ‘An Exchange with Sol LeWitt’, Cabinet, New York / ‘Unstable Ground’, Helen Pitt Gallery (curated by Andrea Pinheiro), Vancouver / ‘Other Voices’, The Event (curated by Claire Craig), Birmingham

2010 ‘Better living with…’, Museum Ludwig, Cologne / ‘The Pencil Show’, Foxy Productions, New York / ‘The Library of Babel/ In and Out of Place’, Zabludowicz Collection: Project Space 176, London / ‘Art Sheffield 10’, with Jimmy Robert, (curated by Frederique Bergholtz)

2009 ‘The end of the line; attitudes in drawing’, Hayward Touring Exhibition / ‘Single, Plural, Multiple’, Occasionals, London / ‘Die Show im Oktober’, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow / ‘Time after Time’, Galerie Kamm, Berlin / ‘Two or three things I know about her’, Two-person exhibition with Jimmy Robert, FOUR Gallery, Dublin / ‘Don’t expect anything’, Francesca Minini Gallery, Milan / ‘When the Mood Strikes: The Collection of Wilfried and Yannicke Cooreman’, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium / ‘Das Gespinst’, Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany / ‘New Acquisitions from the Arts Council Collection 2008-09’, Bothy Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park / ‘I am a Camera’, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow

Awards & Residencies
2014 Residency at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
2013 Creative Scotland International Presentation and Engagement Fund Award
2012 Elephant Trust Award / Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington, USA
2011 Creative Scotland Visual Arts Development Bursary
2010 Commission for facade design for Beatson Translational Research Centre, Glasgow University / Camden Arts Centre Artist in Residence / Hope Scott Trust Visual Arts Award

2013 Art Under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm (ed. Stacy Baldrick and Tabitha Barber), Tate Publication / Olinka, or Where Movement Is Created (ed. Adam Szymczyk and Quinn Latimer), exhibition catalogue Museo Tamayo, Mexico / eva International- After the Future, exhibition catalogue eva International / EIGHT BLOCKS OR A FIELD, texts by Abraham Cruzvillegas and Regina Barunke, Temporary Gallery, Cologne
2012 Not Just the Perfect Moments, text by Dr Dominic Paterson, Drawing Room, London
2011 Peace at last!, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow / 8 Metaphors (because the moving image is not a book), Artist contribution, LUX
2010 Role Forward, monograph, texts by Jason Bowman and Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Sorcha Dallas and CCA, Glasgow. The Long Loch: How Do We Go On From Here?, texts by Dr Francis McKee and Dr Dominic Paterson, CCA Glasgow / Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture, text by Adam Szymczyk, Phaidon Press, London
2009 Edition artwork commission, Stadtisches Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach / The End of the Line: Attitudes in Drawing, Hayward Gallery Publishing / A Happeneds, artist’s book, CCA Glasgow


Questioning how to bear witness to the complexities of the past, Davis’ artwork is an attempt to reconsider, reclaim and reinvent what certain histories could look, sound and feel like. This has often involved responding to the aesthetic and political ambiguities of historical art works and their reception. Informed by successive waves of feminist art and theory, Davis works across a range of media, including drawing, installation, bookworks and film/video*.

*Dominic Paterson on Kate Davis works. Excerpt from text published in “Not just the perfect moments” Kate Davis, 2013