Kate Ive is an award-winning Edinburgh based artist. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 with a degree in Sculpture BA (Hons). Kate works from her studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW). She sculpts and carves by hand on both a monumental and minute scale with an eye for detail and intricacy. Her work is in a wide range of materials. These include amongst others ceramics, bronze, jesmonite and wax. Kate pays close attention to the technical processes she uses in the design and production of her artwork. She is experienced in drawing, engraving, scrimshaw, sculpting, medal making, casting, working with found objects, metal plating and ornamental turning.

Kate Ive has artworks in recognised public and private collections including the British Museum (London), Royal Mint Museum (Wales), the National Bank of Slovakia, University Museum of Bergen (Norway) and the Museo della Carta eFiligrana (Fabriano, Italy). In 2011 she was selected as the British Art Medal Society’s‘New Medallist 2011-12’. An award run by the British Art Medal Society supported by the British Museum, V&A, Royal Mint and the National Academy Sofia.

Maintaining a diverse practice, Kate makes work for exhibitions, residencies and public art commissions. She has created a number of notable artworks, including for Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Helensburgh Outdoor Museum, the City of Edinburgh Council’s Promenade and a number of sculpture commissions for Scottish Government campaigns.

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

  • 2021   Gloucester City Council’s Via Sacra Route Markers
  • 2018-20   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

  • 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

  • 2021-2022   WWF’s Great Scottish Canvas
  • 2021  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   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

  • 2021   WWF’s Great Scottish Canvas Press & Book
  • 2020  The Medal, ‘Meddling with nature’ by Livia Turnbull
  • 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’