Forfar art exhibition celebrates North East industry and heritage

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Kate Steenhauer

A Dutch-born artist is celebrating the workplaces of North-East Scotland with a solo exhibition at The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery in Forfar.

Darg and Drams is the culmination of Kate Steenhauer’s artistic explorations at the shipyards, heliports and hangars of Aberdeen harbour.

She also reflects the art of the Speyside Cooperage where whisky casks are made – a trade associated with traditional skills and craftsmanship, yet remaining a modern and vital part of Scotland’s industrial landscape to its favourite tipple.

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An image by Kate of Aberdeen Harbour

Kate said: ““Having lived in Scotland for over a decade I see its beauty in the natural grit of everyday life. My picture-postcard Scotland gives a ‘rough around the edges’ portrayal, a Scotland absorbed in work and play, and at one with its environment.”

Originally from the Netherlands, Kate’s diverse career path has taken her from semi-professional tennis in her youth, to civil engineering at Delft University of Technology, a PhD in coastal engineering from Aberdeen University, to fine art.

Now as a multi-award winning emerging artist she produces contemporary work on Scottish heritage, landmarks and industries using oil paint and intaglio printmaking techniques.

*Kate Steenhauer solo exhibition at  The Meffan, Forfar, runs until May 29