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Leeds General Infirmary

Biography: Kate Mellor

Studio address:

11 a Nanholme Mill, Shaw Wood Rd, Todmorden, Lancs. OL14 6DA.

Kate Mellor is a British landscape photographer best known for her series of panoramic images of the British coast; the exhibition "Island: The Sea Front," which explores notions of territory, is currently being toured by the Impressions Gallery, York. A book of the exhibition "Island" has been published by Dewi Lewis.

Working mainly on public commissions and for galleries she is also the author of the series "Blue Shift," following a water course, challenging residual beliefs about landscape, and most recently "In the Steps of Robert Pinnacle", a false narrative set in European spa towns, a commission for Photo 98, the European Year of Photography and the Electronic Image. Projects that she has been involved with include the exhibitions "Wasteland" and "Regeneration" for the Untitled (now Site) Gallery, Sheffield, and work for the Cardiology Unit at the Leeds General Infirmary. Her work has been exhibited widely in Britain, in the U.S. where she was selected for the "Discoveries" exhibition at the most recent Houston Fotofest, and is permanently sited in the British Council/Embassy building in Hong Kong. Recently her work was exhibited at Lichtblick Downton in Cologne. In 1994 she received the Yorkshire and Humberside Arts major award for photographic practice.

She was born in Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire in 1951 and educated at the Worcester Grammar School for Girls. She studied Photography at Manchester Polytechnic School of Art, graduating in 1974.

She has been photo-tutor at Bradford and Ilkley College and at Cumbria College of Art, has been a visiting lecturer giving tutorials, lectures and workshops at many other colleges and galleries, and was a speaker at the last Changing Views of the Landscape Conference. She is currently lecturing at the Electronic Imaging and Media Communications course at Bradford University and for the Photography degree course at Dewsbury College in Yorkshire.

She lives in the South Pennine uplands with her family.