Annie Cattrell was born in Glasgow and studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, University of Ulster and Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art.
Her practice is often informed by working with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science. This cross-disciplinary approach has enabled her to learn about cutting edge research and in depth information in these fields. She is particularly interested in the parallels and connections that can be drawn within these approaches in both art and science.
Cattrell’s solo exhibitions include Transformation for the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge; Fathom, Pier Art Centre, Orkney; Anne Faggionato Gallery, London; From Within at The Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution, London and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.
Her artworks have been shown widely nationally and internationally including in: Medicine and Art (imaging the future for life and love) Mori Museum, Tokyo; Out of the Ordinary at the V and A in London; Hybrid, MIC Auckland; Not Nothing, curated by MUKA, Antwerp; Invisible Worlds at Freiburg Kunstverein, Germany; The Body, Art and Science, National Museum in Stockholm; Einfach Complex at Museum Gestaltung in Zurich; Paper Cuts, Fredericke Taylor Gallery, New York and On the Edge for the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Her work Sense was made in collaboration with neuroscientist Professors Morten L Kringelbach, Mark Lythgoe and Steve Smith is owned by The Wellcome Trust. Other artworks are in public collections such as MacManus Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Edinburgh City Art Centre, Scottish Arts Council etc and in many private collections.
In 2008 she jointly won the International Bombay Sapphire prize.
Cattrell has undertaken many large scale commissions including Echo at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail; 0 to 10,000,000 for the award winning Bio-chemistry Department at Oxford University designed by architects Hawkins Brown and Resounding for Oxford Brookes University. Currently she is Lead Artist at New Museum Site at Cambridge University, where she is in the process of making a public commission situated at the Old Cavendish Laboratories and Student Services Building.
She has completed residencies and fellowships including at Camden Arts Centre; Australian National University in Canberra; The Royal Institution of Great Britain; The Royal Edinburgh Hospital; ACE Helen Chadwick Fellowship at Oxford University and at the British School at Rome.
Cattrell has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art since 2000 and has lectured in many art colleges in the UK and abroad including: Edinburgh School of Art, University of the Arts, University of Gloucester, University of Ulster and University, Alfred University and the University of Southern Australia.