draws | paints | writes | makes artist’s books & editions | curates

I draw directly from daily life,  sketching people, cleaners, roofers, skips on the street, parks, and cemeteries. I find ordinary people and ordinary stuff  profound and poignant when I observe and draw them. My technique is gestural and instinctual. I use materials and processes that relate to the subject and the content. The reportage I do connects the work, the worker and the work that I do.

Katya went to St Martin’s School of Art, Sheffield Hallam and Turps  Correspondence Course, and was selected for the Drawing Correspondence  Program. She is also a co-curator of the Prosaic strand of exhibitions of small paintings by contemporary artists.


February 2022
It was a pleasure to present at Drawing Lockdown Symposium 1  convened by Drawing Projects UK & Drawing is Free, inspired by TBWDP21.

December 2021
The Body I am In an online publication  of drawings and writing by the 12 artists on the Drawing Correspondence  Program, with an introduction by Chloe Briggs, Tania Kovats and Anita Taylor.


Recent Group Shows
Fast and Bulbous  with Enzo Narra and Paul Allender, micro-exhibition curated by Sean Williams, Prosaic Projects Gallery, and Fronteer Gallery Stairwell Space, Sheffield
In Absentia with CohortArt, (online)
Prosaic: Generous, Globe Arts Studio near Huddersfield.
Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 exhibition  tour, London, Salisbury Museum, De Montfort University Gallery
Prosaic Mosaic, Bloc Projects, Sheffield. (co-curator)
PAINT2019 Prize Exhibition 2019, PSMirabel, Manchester
MICRO, Air Gallery, Altrincham
Prosaic, Coterie Gallery, Rotherham
Loss and Lucidity, curated by Diana Ali, Santa Ana, California, USA.
Kippenberger Challenge (7.45 Books), touring: Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht; Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Library, de Appel Library & Archive, Amsterdam.
Shoddy, Leeds, and  Batley
COIN/ICON Penny Exchange, Museums Sheffiel
Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, Derby
Unity, Yorkshire Arts Space, Sheffield
The Floating Library, Minnesota, and Los Angeles
Library Interventions: Sharon Kivland, Leeds Art College Library, Chelsea School of Art Library, London
Hexopolis, Pages Exhibition, Tetley, Leeds
Kaleid2015, Printmaking in the expanded field, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
The Floating Library, Minnesota
The Reality of Small Differences, Leeds
Engagement and Entrapment, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Fabricate, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Living Numbers, Fringe Arts Bath
Klub Kube, LoBe, Berlin
Art: Language: Location, Cambridge
ArtLacuna Prize, ArtLacuna Gallery, London
Out of Context, Bank St Art, Sheffield

ACQUISITIONS by Artist’s Book Collections

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J Watson Library; Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection; Yale Centre for British Art; Lafayette College; Swarthmore College; The Floating Library
Oxford Brookes University Library; The Tetley, Leeds; TATE Library, Special Collections; Chelsea College of Art, Special Collections; Leeds College of Art, Special Collection
Centre de livres d’artiste (CdLA); Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

FUNDING / Professional Development

a-n Bursary, 2019, 2020
YVAN MicroGrant, 2019
DYCP Award, Arts Council England, 2018, 2021
Ruskin PopUp Museum, Sheffield, 2016
PolyMath, 2015-16


Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2019 Anita Taylor (ed), Drawing Projects UK, 2019.
Dwell Time, 2019.
Crawshaw, Gill, Shoddy Work, (essay in Ford, Sarah-Joy, Cut Cloth, PO Pub., 2017).
Clarke, Helen & Kivland, Sharon (eds), The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin,  Ma Bibliotèque, 2017.
Kivland, Sharon, Report on Knowledge, Ma Bibliotèque, 2014.
Smith, Rachel, Out of Context: In Response, Lulu, 2013.