Kate Leiper

Kate Leiper is an artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh and was brought up on the north east coast of Scotland where she enjoyed playing on the beaches, exploring rock pools, building dens in the woods and getting stuck in trees. She joined us on our City to City project featuring artists from Glasgow and Lahore. 


From “An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures” by Theresa Breslin, published by Floris, 2015

Kate Leiper studied printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, where she developed a fascination for narrative and its portrayal in pictorial form.  Kate continues to be enchanted by the stories she hears and through her artwork, often using animals to develop a character, she aims to tell a tale and portray life experience common to us all.

In her illustration work she delights in playing with the images she finds in between the lines of the author’s text, allowing the images and words to work together to tell a fuller story. Her work has been exhibited widely and recent projects include “A Michaelmas Pageant”, an exhibition of 19 new pieces shown at Blickling Hall, Anne Boleyn’s former family home in Norfolk. She has most recently illustrated “An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures”, written by Theresa Breslin and published by Floris in 2015, following on from the success of “An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales”, published in 2012, for which she was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award in 2013.

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