Kate Ive is an award-winning Edinburgh based artist and researcher, working from her studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 with a degree in Sculpture BA (Hons). Kate maintains a diverse practice, making work for international exhibitions, residencies and public art commissions.

Most recently completing a residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre, The Netherlands, researching and creating new work translating ocean datasets into ceramic sculptures. She is currently a Connected Innovator with Creative Informatics (Edinburgh University) and Creative Edinburgh. With a particular focus on how we store data and leave stratified records of our presence, Kate’s work draws on archaeological artefacts and data to explore systems that create ‘sculptural recordings’. 

Her work is represented in both public and private collections, including the British Museum, NHS, Royal Mint Museum, National Bank of Slovakia, University Museum of Bergen, Norway and The Museum of Paper, Fabriano Italy. 

Kate has been selected as Lead Artist for notable public art projects and commissions, including the Opposing War Memorial, Princes Street Gardens (Edinburgh), the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (Edinburgh), Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Selected Collections

  • 2019   Work in the collections of the NHS
  • 2015   Work in the collections of the National Bank of Slovakia
  • 2014   Work in the collections of the Royal Mint Museum
  • 2013   Work in the collections of the British Museum, London
  • 2013   Medallic Works in the collections of University Museum of Bergen, Norway
  • 2012   Filigrana Drawing, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana,Italy

Selected Commissions

  • 2022-24   Calderwood Public Art Commission, East Calder
  • 2021   Gloucester City Council’s Via Sacra Route Markers
  • 2018   Lead Artist for the Opposing War Memorial, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
  • 2016-2019   Lead Artist for ATD 4.1 Old to New, 19 artworks for the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and CAMHS, Edinburgh
  • 2018   Lead Artist creating indoor & outdoor artwork for West Calder High School
  • 2015   Helensburgh Outdoor Museum, commissioned by WAVEparticle
  • 2014   Dressed, sculpture edition commissioned by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop for the launch of Creative Laboratories
  • 2014   Equals, sculpture commission for the Scottish Government’s Equalities campaign
  • 2014   Scott Monument Litter Sculpture, commissioned by the Scottish Government

Selected Awards & Residencies

  • 2024   Residency at Scottish Sculpture Workshop
  • 2024   Finalist for National Trust Public Art Commission at A La Ronde
  • 2022   Finalist for V&A’s 6 Month Ceramics Residency, London
  • 2022   Connected Innovator Award, Creative Informatics, Edinburgh University & Creative Edinburgh
  • 2022   Creative Development Bursary, Culture Edinburgh, CEC
  • 2021-2022   3 month Residency at European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC), The Netherlands
  • 2021-2022   European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC) Grant
  • 2021-2022   Creative Scotland Open Project Fund
  • 2021-2022   Making Waves Ceramics Trust Grant
  • 2020   a-n Artist Bursary
  • 2019   Craft Scotland, COMPASS: Established Makers Award 2019
  • 2019   #Untitled10 2019, The Bowes Museum, Darlington
  • 2019   Funding awards from Hope Scott Trust & Fenton Arts Trust
  • 2015-2016   Edinburgh Emerging Artist Bursary Award, City of Edinburgh & Creative Scotland
  • 2015   13th International Medal Symposium, National Bank of Slovakia & Museum of Coins & Medals, Slovakia
  • 2015   Shortlisted Finalist for the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Research Medal Design
  • 2014   Recipient of FIDEM Young Artist Scholarship
  • 2012   George Cuhaj Prize, for a young Artist & Medal Maker under 30
  • 2012   Recipient of Arts Trust Scotland Award
  • 2012   Recipient of FIDEM Young Artist Scholarship
  • 2011-2012   New Medallist Scheme, awarded by British Art Medal Society, British Museum, Victoria & Albert, Royal Mint and National Academy of Art Sofia (Bulgaria)
  • 2011-2012   Recipient of Edinburgh Visual Art Award

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2024   Unleashing the Power of Data, exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland for Edinburgh Science Festival
  • 2023   Group exhibition at Central Saint Martins
  • 2022   Test Case, European Ceramic Work Centre, The Netherlands
  • 2021-2022   WWF’s Great Scottish Canvas
  • 2021   Current, Whitespace, Edinburgh
  • 2021   Caught in the Spotlight, Royal Cornwall Museum
  • 2019-2020    Showdown at Sundown, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
  • 2019-2020   #Untitled10 2019, The Bowes Museum, Darlington
  • 2018-2019    Medals & Miniatures Exhibition at Sladmore Contemporary, London
  • 2017   Art in the Hand, Goldsmiths’ Centre Exhibition, London
  • 2016   Whithurst Park Art Fair in support of Maggie’s Centres
  • 2015   Baroni Gallery Exhibition, London
  • 2015   Twenty Twenty Gallery Medal Exhibition
  • 2014   Pop Rock Moon Shop, Super/Collider, Arts Catalyst, London
  • 2014   National Archaeological Museum, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2013   Thread needle Prize
  • 2013   Exhibition, Mall Galleries,London
  • 2012   XXXII Fidem Medal Congress, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
  • 2009   DLA Piper Art Award Exhibition, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
  • 2009   ‘R.S.A New Contemporaries 2009’, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
  • 2007   ‘Just Add Water’ Exhibition, 109 Mathewson St Gallery, Providence, U.S.A

Selected Press

  • 2024   ‘Kate Ive: Progressing Practice’, Artist Talk at Edinburgh College of Art
  • 2023   TedxYouth Talk, ‘Kate Ive: The Art of Turning Data into Sculptural Recordings’
  • 2022   Beyond Walls, publication by Ginkgo Projects
  • 2021   WWF’s Great Scottish Canvas Press & Book
  • 2020  The Medal, ‘Meddling with nature’ by Livia Turnbull
  • 2020   Panel Artist, Palliative Care Symposium, St Columba’s Hospice
  • 2020  Jesmonite Case Study
  • 2019   Edinburgh Evening News, New £150m ‘Sick Kids’ Hospital
  • 2018   BBC 1 Reporting Scotland, Conscientious Objector Memorial Feature
  • 2018   BBC News, Conscientious Objector Memorial Feature
  • 2018   CommonSpace, Conscientious Objector Memorial Feature
  • 2018   The Scotsman, Conscientious Objector Memorial Feature
  • 2013   British Museum Winter Magazine, Modern Pearl Feature
  • 2012   Round Table Radio Interview, ‘Mostra Mercato Regionaledell’ARTigianato’, Italy
  • 2012   Kate Ive: Artist Video, made by Creative Scotland
  • 2012   The Scotsman, ‘Artworks designed…are cast in bronze’
  • 2012   Edinburgh Evening News, ‘Artworks designed by primary children’
  • 2012   STV, ‘Pirniehall Primary pupils celebrate waterfront art launch’
  • 2009   The Scotsman, ‘Artist’s work in running for national award’
  • 2009   The Telegraph, ‘Art Sales: degree shows’, DLA Piper Art Award
  • 2008   The Herald, ‘A precocious degree of talent’
TEDx Artist Talk Kate Ive at Edinburgh TED lecture