Kate Whiteford (b. 1952) is a Scottish artist whose work includes painting, screen prints, textiles, land art and installations. Her work is driven by an interest in the past, and in how we are affected by the traces and symbols it has left behind. She studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1969-73, and History of Art at Glasgow University from 1974-76. Since 1983, Whiteford’s work has been characterised by the use of bright colours, and is often made for a particular gallery space. She has also created large scale land-works, such as her 1987 trio of images created with stone chippings on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. In 1990, she represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale.
Whiteford designed the Corryvrechann tapestry for the opening of the then Museum of Scotland in 1998. The tapestry, woven by Edinburgh Tapestry Company, (now Dovecot Studios) measures 8 x 4 meters. Since 2003 it has hung in Hawthornden Court in the now National Museum of Scotland on Chambers St, Edinburgh.
Image: Dovecot Studios