A Woman's Place

20 January – 31 December 2018
Abbey House Museum

On the centenary of some women getting the vote, A Woman’s Place? looks at the struggles and progress of women in achieving equality and recognition. 
The exhibition features stories and objects from strong pioneering women such as Leonora Cohen and Nicola Adams, from 1860 to the present day. Discover how everyday life has changed for women in the home, school and workplace. 

We hope to inspire women and girls to believe that their ambitions and achievements are not limited by their gender.


·         Beryl Burton (cyclist)

·         Edith Pechey-Phipson (pioneering doctor)

·         Mary Gawthorpe (Suffragette and activist)

·         Ivy Benson (1940s band leader)

Made for the Leeds Museums and Galleries collection in 2017 by Katch Skinner, and part of the forthcoming 'A Woman's Place' exhibition. © Leeds Museums and Galleries.


Women in British History

This work in progress exhibition, uses traditional commemorative ware to look at just a small selection of amazing women who left their mark throughout British history. Their contribution to society is immense but often over shadowed. These trailblazers and visionaries on display are just a thumb nail of the women who helped make a change to society. 


Commemorative ware has been used to document events from political satire to holiday souvenirs and was used as a social indicator of the times. This collection has been part of an on going project and has been selected by friends, family and through social media. 


Katch Skinner is a tutor in ceramics and maker of things. She uses hand built ceramics and speciality design plaster moulds for slip casting to form plates and manipulated moulds. Each earthenware piece is unique,  using hand painted underglazes, slips for mono printing, engobes, and lusters. She also produces silkscreened and digital decals, this means the work can take in excess of four kiln firings.


This is a work in progress exhibition and many of the works on show are development  pieces. 


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In this special collaboration South Square Centre have teamed up with Cliffe Castle Museum to put together an exhibition celebrating this unique heritage building. South Square will be taking a look into the compelling collections on display at Cliffe Castle and asking artists Amelia Crouch, Luke Drozd and Katch Skinner to respond by making new artefacts for South Square’s Gallery and reproductions which can be sold at the Cliffe Castle Gift Shop. 

Perhaps the least known of Bradford’s Museums, Keighley’s Cliffe Castle, began life as the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer Henry Isaac Butterfield. Built in the Victorian era with Neo-gothic influence the interiors feature a grand display of international art and French decoration. The Butterfield’s connections with the Roosevelt’s of America had great influence on the features of the property, and it became a hotspot for glamorous social events of the era. 

In it’s most recent imagination, Cliffe Castle Museum was re-opened to the public in 1959. The collections on display today cover a unusual array of topics covering natural history, ancient history, archaeology, local history and more. Visitors can wind their way around the museums many rooms, featuring such oddities as a two headed taxidermy calf head, live beehive exhibit and collection of taxidermy beasts.