Kate Summerhayes

Fine Artist


Me, Cabbage and I

'An exploration into the theory  of new materialism' 

My work uses the theory of new materialism which argues that humans are not central to all life as humanists believed and that to practice ethically, more-than-human voices need to be allowed to come to the forefront.


'A representation of the female body in all its glory'

This installation represents the female body in all its glory through the manipulation of mini

female torsos named ‘Ruby’.

Ruby's Wardrobe

'It’s not my relationship to the material but the material itself that guides the project.' 

This work explores the theme of materialism and feminism. It’s not my relationship to the material but the material itself that guides the project.


Plymouth Blitz

'A Reflection of Lives

Lost in WWII'

The aim of the project is to reflect on the lives that were lost during the blitz within Plymouth during the Second World War.


'The issue of children homicides in America caused by their Gun Laws'

I produced something that did not show at first how dangerous a gun is by using the technique of needle felting (wool).






About Kate Summerhayes

Summerhayes’ work comes to play with the day to day approach of feminism and politics in the art world, thus producing new and unique ways that her work adapts to our modern society and translates through any reader. Her practice is material led and interdisciplinary, and works within a New Materialism feminism and theoretical framework. The artist utilises many different materials to create installations which break through social boundaries to change thought and expectations of identity within society; exploring, experimenting and pushing the mediums to their limits, creating juxtapositions of objects/sculptures that suggest moments of calm within shocking matters.

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Tate Exchange

12th March 2019

Summerhayes will be exhibiting her Rubys display as part of the Plymouth College of Art, Tate Exchange 2019. Her work will be on display on Tuesday 12th March on the 5th Floor of the Tate Modern, London.

PCA Takeover at The Clipper

22th & 23rd March 2019

Plymouth College of Art take over The Clipper, a refurbished Plymouth pub. Summerhayes' work along with work of other students at the college will be on show and available for purchase. 

Photo Credit: The Plymouth Herald


Summerhayes has a small selection of work available for sale and commission.


Price On Request

Produced for her Ruby's piece exhibited both in Plymouth and London's Tate Modern, you can own an element of the piece, in either wax, ceramic or ceramic brushed with gold leaf.

Plymouth Blitz

Price On Request

Analysing historical records of your local area or a location of your choosing, Summerhayes can create a unique piece that combines specialist printing techniques with embroidery, complete with custom Clarity Glass framing.


Born in Norwich, UK

Lives In South Devon, UK




2018 - 2019

MA. Fine Art

Plymouth College of Art, MA


2015 - 2018

BA. Fine Art

Plymouth College of Art


2014 - 2015

Art, Design and Media Foundation Course: Wensum Lodge, Norwich


& Festivals


MA Show

Plymouth College of Art


PCA Takeover

The Clipper, Plymouth



Tate Exchange

Tate Modern, London



Plymouth College of Art



Between Now & Then

Karst, Plymouth


Pop up show 

St. Germans, Cornwall .



Plymouth College Of Art,

Regent Street, Plymouth


1st Year End Show, 

Wensum Lodge, King Street.​


Pop up show

Norwich Library


Art Auction, for charity​.


Kate Summerhayes



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