Approved: 16.08.2006

Catherine Rive

Artist, Arts development worker, Community worker, Consultant, Film-maker, Gallery educator, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

Perhaps the country only existed in its maps, in which case the traveller created the territroy as he walked through it'

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Artist Statement

Perhaps the country only existed in its maps, in which case the traveller created the territroy as he walked through it'

A Walk through H, Peter Greenaway


My paintings are influenced by maps and the process of mapping. The journey with its sense of discovery, the exploration of the physical provoking an interior transformation. I am intrigued by the relationship of the internal and external, the microcosm and the macrocosm, the known and the unknown and the revealed and the concealed. I refer to found fragments, collected and hand drawn maps, plans and diagrams.

Within the process of painting I am interested in the physicality of the paint, building layers of marks, colours and gestures. The accidents, surprises the unintended marks deviate from the initial starting point taking me on a journey of discovery never arriving where I intended to begin again.  

 It is easy to get lost in Eudoxia: but when you concentrate and stare at the carpet, you recognise the street you were seeking in a crimson or indigo or magenta thread which on a wide loop brings you to a purple enclosure that is your real destination. Every inhabitant of Eudoxia compares the carpet's immobile order with his own image of the city, an anguish of his own, and each can find, concealed among the arabesques, an answer, the story of his own life, the twists of fate. Cities and the Sky I Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino. 

CV & Education

Exhibitions, Residencies, Collaborations and Awards

2014      The Map of the Many Mothers, Lordship Hub, Tottenham, London.

2012      Things Beginning with M, Omidaze Productions, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

             & The Arcola Theatre, London.

2007 –    Resident Artist Haringey Consortium of Nursery Schools, London       

2006-13  Artist in Residence, Eastwood Nursery School & Centre for Children &

              Families, London                                                                                        

2007      Creative Partnerships, Artist in Residence Hilly fields Primary School; Pembury                        House Nursery School & Woodlands Park Nursery School, Archbishop Michael                        Ramsey Technical College, London.

             Mural commission, Haringey Council, Tottenham, London

              City Mine(d), London,  Delta Mapping Project.

2005      Mural Commission, Haringey Council, Holcombe Market, Tottenham, London.

2009      The Polka Theatre & Eastwood Nursery School, A Photographic Collaboration.

2005       Maryland Studio Open, London.

2004       The Centre of Attention, London.

2001       The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, London.

              All on the Wharf, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London.

              The Centre of Attention Permanent Collection, London.

2000      The Chisenhale Gallery, London, Get Art Project.

             Salon, The Centre of Attention Painting Prize, London.

             Stuffed, The Stuff Gallery, London.               

             The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, London.

              The Centre of Attention Magazine, London.

1999       Paintings, The Centre of Attention, London.

              Don’t Smoke in my House, Hoxton, London.

              Stoke Newington Open, The Gallery, London.

              Maryland Studio Open, London.

1998      Maps and Other Non-Diagrams, The Poetry Place, London.

              Stoke Newington Open, The Gallery, Stoke Newington, London.

              Stuff & Nonsense, Stoke Newington Festival, London.

              Whitechapel Open, Maryland Studios, London.

1996      Histories, Set i Set, Rosa Centro Cultural, Barcelona, Spain.

1995      Tallers Oberts, Barcelona, Spain.

              Language & Location, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, Spain.

              Language & Location, Delfina Art Gallery, London.

              New City Artists, Washington Arts Centre, Tyne & Wear.

              Cuppola Gallery, Sheffield.

1994      Northern Scene, Tullie House, Carlisle.

              Northern Scene, The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.

1993     Cuppola Gallery, Sheffield.

1992      Small Works, Newcastle Polytechnic, Newcastle.

1991      Made in Sunderland, Durham Museum & Art Gallery, Co. Durham.

             The Long Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

             20 into 90, Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.


1994                   Northern Arts Travel Award

1990                   Northern Arts Award

Current Position: Self Emplyed Artist                                                                                Resident Artist Haringey Consortium of Nursery Schools Tottenham, London            Working in collaboration with children their families and staff developing creative projects that nurtures their curiosity enabling them to explore their ideas creatively through the use of a variety of media and forms of expression. With particular emphasis on engaging children and families  with EAL and those who are on the periphery of the setting. Through these projects developing links with the community and engaging children with their surrounding environment. Attending conferences presenting the Nursery’s discoveries around the Language of Photography in Early Years running workshops , training and Insets for Early Years Practitioners.

Past Employment: 

Some of the organisations I have worked with over the last 25 Years undertaking residencies, workshops and commissions; Eastwood Nursery School and Centre for Children and Families, The Photographers Gallery, Haringey Council, Sunderland Council, The Polka Theatre,  The Forest School Learning initiative, Sightlines Initiative, Omidaze Productions, Creative Partnerships, A New Direction, City Mine(d), The Centre of Attention, Artists in Schools, Kent Architecture Centre, Trinity Buoy Wharf, The Chisenhale Gallery, The Reg Vardy Gallery, Sunderland University, Great North Forest, The Northern Centre For Contemporary Art, Artists  Agency, The Great North Forest, Durham Museum and Art Gallery , London Transport Museum, Arts Resource, Early Arts, many Nursery, primary, secondary schools and colleges across London and nationally.