Originally from Singapore, Kathleen Newman started her working life in medical research. She made several moves in her adult life – to Australia, the United States, back to Singapore, then to New Zealand, Canada and finally after 40 years, back to Australia. These moves have defined her personal and artistic life. Each move required adapting to a new job, a new environment and a new culture. Each new city gave her different opportunities to return to her childhood interest in art. She made a late career switch into graphic design.
On moving to Canada in late 2002 she focused on her art interests – working extensively as a volunteer in the art sector and from 2006 to 2015 was involved with the Artists on The Wards programme at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton.
In 2014 she graduated with a Certificate of Fine Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Presently her main interest is Urban Sketching and Sketchbook art. She has been a tutor in Sketchbook art for Casey U3A, Melbourne, Australia.
Singapore Internationale Grant from Singapore International Foundation (for the exhibition East meets West). 2005.
Finalist in Telecom Art Awards (Manawatu Region, New Zealand) 1996,1998,1999.
"A Year in Casey County" - a juried exhibition, part of 2018 Casey Art Spaces Program.
Bunjil Place Library, Melbourne, Australia. 2018.
Solo graduating show for CFA, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 2014.
After Hours Gallery, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada 2012.
"A Walk on the Wild Side"
Misericordia Hospital Gallery, Edmonton, Canada 2011.
"Colour Light and Texture"
After Hours Gallery, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada 2010.
"Times and Seasons" - a juried exhibition.
Mezzanine Gallery, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, Canada 2006.
"The Perfect Companion" - a juried
Gallery at Milner, Stanley A. Milner Branch, Edmonton Public Library, Edmonton, Canada 2006.
"East Meets West" - a juried exhibition, Visual Arts Alberta Association.
VAAA Gallery (front room), Edmonton, Canada, 2005. Supported by a grant from the Singapore International Foundation. (This is an expanded version of a previous exhibition "The Attic of the Unconscious").
"The Attic of the Unconscious" - Series 1 & 2
Palmerston North City Library (part of "East Meets West – Art and Words Exploring the East West Experience", a Palmerston North Festival of Cultures event), Palmerston North, New Zealand 2001.
"The Attic of the Unconscious" - Series 1
Singapore High Commission, Wellington, New Zealand 2000
Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand 2000.
Selected Group Exhibitions
"How's the Serenity, Backyard and Beyond", a juried show, Bunjil Place Library, Melbourne, Australia, 2018.
"We Draw ASEAN Together" a juried show of Urban Sketchers.
Gallery at Glocal Connect Village, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, 2017.
"Sketching The Line 2015", a juried show. Shown on screens on commuter platforms. Toronto and Edmonton, Canada, 2015.
Sir Winston Churchill Square Banner Project - original artwork of participating artists.
For The Works Art & Design Festival.
Edmonton Journal Building, Edmonton, Canada, 2009.
"After Work" - a juried show of artists working/studying in the health sector in Edmonton.
McMullen Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2009.
Sir Winston Churchill Square
Banner Project - juried selection by The Places, Art & Design in Public Places Program.
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, Canada 2008.
"Diversity 2008" - a juried membership show, Visual Arts Alberta Association.
VAAA Gallery, Edmonton, Canada 2008
"Twenty:20, Members Exhibition"
Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2008
"Manufactured Transformation: a group show of sculptural forms"
Extension Centre Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2007
"18th Annual Members Show"
Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2006
"Diversity" - a juried membership show, Visual Arts Alberta Association.
VAAA Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, 2004
Thermostat Gallery, Palmerston North, New Zealand 2001.