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Katie Schwab works with installation, textiles, furniture and moving image to explore personal and social histories of craft, design and education. Her research focuses on 20th century domestic interiors, civic architecture and play environments. Embedded in the communities and contexts in which she works, Katie's long-term projects incorporate collaborative workshops, archival research and craft- based learning.  

Current/ Upcoming
Katie Schwab: Sample Book, edited by Clare Molloy, designed by Åbäke, copublished by Vleeshal and Dent-De-Leone 
Available from
Dent-De-Leone, Tenderbooks, Good Press and San Serriffe     

Your Tomorrow, with Naomi Garriock, curated by James N. Hutchinson, Annex Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art  
Future Plan Collection Project with Simon Worthington, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland 
Black Rock and the Sea Kale, Brighton & Hove City Council and Bridget Sawyers
Commission for Maggie's Centre, Royal Free Hospital                                                                               

Past Exhibitions

British Art Show 9, curated by Irene Aristizabal and Hammad Nasar, Hayward Gallery Touring, 2021-22
The Seeing Hands, Collective, Edinburgh
Are you Messin'?, The Bluecoat, Liverpool 
Hosiery Abstracts, Modern Painters, New Decorators, Loughborough
Another Crossing, Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, curated by Glenn Adamson, The Box, Plymouth, UK

Thanks For The Apples, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall 
small wares, curated by Clare Molloy, Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL
Another Crossing, Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, USA
Study for Borders, 


Reduct: Abstraction and Geometry in Scottish Art, RSA, Edinburgh 

PARADE, a Celebration of Contemporary Art Textiles, Broadway, Letchworth Garden City
Unbounded, The Eden Project, Cornwall
Resist: be modern (again), John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
A Working Building, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth 


Katie Schwab and Quinie, Cairn, Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland
If You Can't Stand the Heat, Roaming Projects, London

Atrium Commissions, mima, Middlesbrough
A room of our own, Idea Home Show, mima, Middlesbrough    
31 Women, Breese Little, London 
Live Work, with Lotte Gertz and Shona Macnaughton, Glasgow Open House Arts Festival, Leven Street, Glasgow
Does your chewing gum lose it's flavour (on the bedpost overnight)?, J Hammond Projects, London

Jerwood Solo Presentations, Jerwood Space, London
Making the Bed, Laying the Table, fellowship exhibition, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow
The Science of Imaginary Solutions, Breese Little, London
We do not speak but confine ourselves briefly to the surface (an interior dramaturgy), ICA, 22 June 2016
Together in a Room, Collective, Edinburgh
Drop City, Hotel Ufer, Düsseldorf
Drop City, Newcastle at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle 

My love is like a red red rose. Art in Scotland from 18th to 21st Century, Musée du Château des ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbéliard
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Backlit, Nottingham and ICA, London
Fresh, British Ceramics Biennial, The Original Spode Factory Site, Stoke-on-Trent
The Grind, Voidoidarchive, Glasgow

Lip, Mouth, Neck, Shoulder, Belly, Foot, Temporary Agency, NYC

Until I, I Know You Better (with This Book Reading Group), Ti Pi Tin, London
Project Visible, Tate Modern, London
The Palace of Green Porcelain (with Dan Scott, curated by Rebecca Lewin), Breese Little, London

My (We) [with Jamie George], Jerwood Visual Arts Project Space, London

FREEDOM TO! POWER TO!, LimaZulu, London

Gotta Gettaway, Quare, London
Jonny, James,
Idefix Bloc, Shop + Office, murmurart, London
L'Usine Abandonnee (with Rosanna McLaughlin), LimaZulu, London

Stick*Stamp*Fly, Gasworks, London


2013-2015 MFA, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow (exchange student at Hunter College, NYC, 2014)
2005-2008 BA Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Studies, Goldsmiths College, London
2004-2005 Foundation Course in Art & Design, Chelsea College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London   

Projects/ Workshops/ Resources

2019 Stages of Making with the Studio Collective, Horniman Museum and Gardens, London
Artist Intervention Week, University of Hertfordshire
2018 This Interesting and Wonderful Factory, Clore Sky Studio Commission, Tate St Ives, Cornwall
Knots, Family Day, BALTIC, Gateshead
Schools Workshops, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh
Wear Ware, glass- blowing workshop with Jeffrey Sarmiento & Jim Maskrey, National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland
2017 Film-Making Workshops, Cample Line, Dumfriesshire
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
Ground Meets Horizon, Summer School, Collective, Edinburgh
We Are Family Residency, Arnolfini, Bristol
2016 Dear friends, Serpentine Galleries, London
ZigZag, Circle, Pillar, The Beehive at Porthmeor Studios with Tate Learning, Tate St Ives
2014 Work Hands, British Folk Art Open Studio, Tate Britain Learning Gallery, London
We Forgot the Lot, Touretteshero/ Tate Britain, London
'T is for Tuttle', 'T is for Turner Prize', 'T is for Late Turner', with Monica Rivas Velasquez and Schools and Teachers, Tate Learning London
2012-13 Schools and Teachers Workshops, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London

2009-present Workshops with Tate Modern, Tate Britain, London; Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds; Arnolfini, Bristol; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Pier Arts Centre, Stromness; The Common Guild, Glasgow; Camden Arts Centre, London; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.


2017- present
Visiting Fine Art Lecturer at University of Gloucestershire; Goldsmiths; Plymouth College of Art; Sunderland University; Newcastle University, Northumbria University; West Dean College 


2019 Moquette, Limited edition publication for commuters, published by Liam Allan, NYC subway, 2019

2017 A Portable Mural, Architecture Family Pack, Serpentine Galleries, London
Satellites 2016 Publication, Collective, Edinburgh. Co-edited with Anastasia Philimonos, designed by Maeve Redmond

2016 WOI, with Alexis Lagimodière-Grisé
Bottom Bunk by Rosanna Mclaughlin. Commissioned to accompany Making the Bed, Laying the Table, Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Designed by Simon Worthington

2015 Reach Out and Touch Someone, with Sophie Grant, Jenna Westra and Alexis L. Grisé. Published by The Artist's Institute and Hunter College, NYC. Designed by John Morgan Studio, London

2013 The Palace of Green Porcelain, with Dan Scott, Rebecca Lewin and Breese Little
SisterMag: Twins, with Helen Davies, Nisha Matthew, Amy McDonnell, Ella McCartney, Monica Rivas Velasquez, Matthew Robinson, Sian Robinson Davies, Alexei Schwab, Nina Wakeford and James Whittingham

2012 My (We), with Jamie George and Jerwood Visual Arts. Designed by Helios Capedevila


Rain Poncho, Souvenirs of Calton Hill, Collective Matter x Panel, Collective, Edinburgh 


The Handicrafts Residency, Loughborough University, Loughborough
2021 Visual Arts Residency, Cove Park, Scotland
2019 The White House, Dagenham
2017-19 Design Residency, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth
2018 West Dean College, Sussex
2017 The Cornwall Workshop, Kestle Barton, Cornwall
Wilhelmina Barns- Graham Residency Award, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, Cornwall
2016 Nigel Greenwood Art Prize Residency, Longformacus, Scottish Borders
2015 Graduate Residency, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scotland  

Fellowships/ Awards/ Funding

Developing Your Creative Practice, Arts Council England 
Henry Moore Foundation Artist Award Scheme
a-n Artist Bursary
Hothouse, Crafts Council
2019 Shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery
2018 Studio Bursary, New Contemporaries/ SPACE, London, 2018-19       
2017 Wilhelmina Barns- Graham Residency Award
2016 Nigel Greenwood Art Prize
The Elephant Trust
Dewar Arts Award
2015-16 Satellites, Collective, Edinburgh
Glasgow Sculpture Studios MFA Graduate Fellowship
2015 RSA John Kinross Scholarship


2022 Katie Schwab: small wares, Victoria Anastasyadis, The Journal of Modern Craft, Volume 15, 2022
Framing the Debate, Big Issue North, 07 June 2022

2021 Another Crossing, Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, Iris Moon & Glenn Adamson, British Art Studies
2020  Art Guide, Homes and Interiors Scotland, November/ December 2020
The Power of Creativity, Harper's Bazaar, July 2020 
2019 A Working Building, Round One Films
A Working Building, Cover, Summer 2019
Working Building, Selvedge Blog
A Celebration of Shape and Colour, Megan Williams, PCA Blog
2018 Homes and Interiors Scotland
An interview with Laura Smith, Art Cornwall
2017 In response to: a walk led by Alexei & Katie Schwab, Jessie Bond, Up Projects
Future Greats, Selected by Ben Street, Art Review
Interview with Rosanna Mclaughlin, Studio International
The Female Cover, Philomena Epps, Jerwood Visual Arts
Jerwood Solo Presentation, William Rees,
Making the Bed, Laying the Table, Laura Campbell, The List
Edinburgh and Dundee roundup, Catherine Spencer, April 2016, Art Monthly
Together in a Room, Joy Harris,
2015 New Contemporaries 2015, 22 Sept 2015, a-n
Emerging Artists, GSA Supplement, June 2015, The Skinny
2013 The Palace of Green Porcelain, by Marie D’Elbee, August 2013,
Jamie George & Katie Schwab- Growing Up?

2010 'Rosanna McLaughlin and Katie Schwab: L'Usine Abandonnee' reviewed by Rebecca Lewin,


2023 Katie Schwab: Sample Book, edited by Clare Molloy, designed by Åbäke, copublished by Vleeshal and Dent-De-Leone   
2021 Thanks For The Apples, Falmouth Art Gallery
2020 British Art Show 9, Hayward Gallery Touring
2019 Resist: be modern (again), ed. Alice Maude-Roxby and Stefanie Seibold, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton
2015 Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015, New Contemporaries, London

Talks/ Discussions/ Readings

2022 In conversation with mosaic restorers Tracey Cartledge and Gary Bricknell, The Whitworth, Manchester 
In conversation with Hannah Leighton-Boyce, The Whitworth, Manchester
2020 Artist Talk, University of Gloucestershire [online]
2019 Artist Talk, Plymouth College of Art
Social Art Network Meet- Up, The White House, London
2018 Artist Talk, Tate St Ives
Artist talk, Sunderland University
Panel chair, Ceramics Plasticity Symposium, West Dean College
Artist talk, West Dean College
Artist Talk, PAC Home, Plymouth Arts Centre
Designer in Residence talk, Plymouth College of Art
2017 Art Into Life, Study Afternoon, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Ats, Norwich
Keynote Speaker, Making Futures, Plymouth College of Art
Ceramics Contexts Weekend Seminar, Tate St Ives
The Artists' Studio, discussion with Paul Johnson and Emily LaBarge, Camden Arts Centre, London
Foundations of a Creative Curriculum, Baltic, Newcastle
Dear. For. To. Reading at 'Making Women's Art Matter: New Approaches to the Careers and Legacies of Women Artists', Paul Mellon Centre, London, organised by Nadia Hebson and Hana Leaper
Contemporary Art Guest Lecture, Northumbria University, Newcastle
2016 One Work, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
The Palace of Green Porcelain with Rebecca Lewin and Dan Scott, Resonance FM


2017 Companion, walks with Alexei and Katie Schwab, Huw Lemmey and Rosanna Mclaughlin, Up Projects and Museum of London

Dedications, Art Review Bar, London (organised with Rosanna Mclaughlin). With contributions from Holly Antrum, Chloe Cooper, Deep Throat Choir, Rose O’Gallivan, Slack Pussy Reading Group, Maeve Redmond and Sophie Dyer, Lisa and Maria Smithey and Holly White.

mima, RSA

Trustee, Wilhelmina Barns- Graham Trust