About Kate

Kate Bellis was born in1969 and spent her childhood on a small farm in Devon. At the age of 17 she decided to leave this isolated rural environment and study photography at Nottingham trent University, from where she graduated in 1991 with a BA(Hons) degree.

In 1992 she was an award winner at the Observer Young Photojournalist of the Year Competition. This gave her the chance to travel across China and into Tibet. The article that came from this work was published in the Independent on Sunday magazine. Since then Kate has travelled widely with her Leica camera, from Ireland to India, Uganda to Kurdistan. These articles and commissions often dealt with people and cultures that were in some way under threat, and with the strong relationship to the land around them.

Kate settled in Derbyshire towards the end of the 1990s and began a series of photo essays with the Derbyshire hill farming community. Following this, 'Gathering' was commissioned by VARC (visual Arts in rural communities). A project working alongside the Northumberland Hill Farming families with acclaimed Sculptor Sally Matthews. The exhibitions that came from the Derbyshire work and 'Gathering' have toured widely, reaching both rural and urban audiences, nationally and abroad.

Kate has published two books, 'On The Edge' (2001) and 'Gathering' (2005). Her images have been published in many national and international newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, The Times, The Independent on Sunday and the American photo Review.

Kate lives with zoologist, Professor Karim Vahed , their young Son Gabriel, and a menagerie of furred and feathered beasts. Their home is a very old stone cottage at the bottom of a steep wooded track on the side of a hill near Wirksworth in the Derbyshire Dales.


Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, 2000, 2002, 2004. (Holding record for visitor numbers)

Derby Silk Mill, part of Format photography festival, March -April 10th 2005.

Bad Nauheim Museum and Art Gallery, Germany.

Folly Gallery Lancaster,

Plymouth Art Gallery alongside Andy Goldsworthy for an Exhibition on Land.

Highgreen, Tarset, Northumberland, 28th August-4th September 2005.

Queens Hall Arts, Hexham, Northumberland, 10 Sep to 22 October, 2005.

Collins Gallery, University of Glasgow, 26th November- 23rd December, 2005.

Robert Sandelson Gallery, Cork Street, London, 9th January- 3rd of February 2006.

Wirksworth Festival, Parish Rooms, Sep 2006.

Brecon Museum and Art Gallery, February to April, 2007.

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, 3rd March - 6th June 2018 - attracting record breaking visitor numbers of over 8,000 people.

Articles and publicity

Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4, 11th August 2005

Articles in The Times, The Guardian, The American Photo Review, Black and White Photography Magazine.


Please contact Kate at contactme@katebellis.com for any enquiries.


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