ABOVE: Camden Centre for Learning, Architype
Catherine was the lead architect for the Camden Centre for Learning School

The school’s fencing is an artwork undertaken in collaboration with the students: a chain link screen with a metal “embroidery” of flowers.

Photograph by Dennis Gilbert


Catherine studied fine art at City Lit, London during 2016-2018. Since 2017 Catherine has been developing her artwork in independent study at Studio Ell, New York.

Catherine’s art practice is informed by her early training and work as an architect. She studied architecture at University of Waterloo, Canada and the Architectural Association, UK. She is a registered Client Adviser at the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). 

Her experience has led to an expertise in coordinating art and design projects, and she leads workshops with schools, community groups, environmental groups and charities. Catherine has been involved in teaching design for many years. She is a regular visiting lecturer and critic in the AED Masters programme at the University of Westminster. She has been an invited lecturer at universities in the UK, Canada and Portugal.

Born in Canada, Catherine is based in Hackney, London. She is a member of alt:mfa, a peer led alternative MFA (Master of Fine Arts) based in London, and is a member of the anti-fracking campaign group FrackOff London. She is a volunteer with EcoACTIVE, the environmental education charity based in Hackney, running workshops with local schools and community groups.


“SEEING YOU, SEE ME” June 2021
Outdoor public performance in Hackney Central, London,
Co-directed with Mirei Yazawa and was selected as Curators Pick at the London Festival of Architecture 2021

“Trees Talk” June 2021
Outdoor public performance and temporary installation, London Fields, London
Event in collaboration with Bettina Fung for the London Festival of Architecture 2021

“Walk N19” April 2022
Group show at Five Years Gallery, London
Artwork: collaborative project WALK N19, as part of the REFUGIA group project

“Small-file Media Festival”  August 2020
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Film title – “Visiting Each Other”

“Plosives!” May 2019
Group show at Group Projects Gallery, Andrews Street, London
Artworks – drawings and site installation “Fake News”

“Group Show” February 2019
Group show at Ugly Duck Gallery, Tanner Street, London
Artwork – sculpture “Site Unseen: Industrial Residue Series”

“Hidden in Plain Sight” October 2018
Group show at Transport for London Gallery, Walthamstow, London
Artwork – screenprint “Circuits of Migrant Paths”

“Respond to the Future!” May 2018
Group show at Group Projects Gallery, Andrews Street, London
Artwork – sculpture “Industrial Residue Series 01”

City Lit Projects” July 2017
Group Exhibit at Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Road, London
Artworks – installation, prints and sculptures “Beneath the Surface”
See “Beneath the Surface” for exhibit photos.

“Touring Lincoln’s Inn Fields”, as part of London Festival of Architecture; July 2019
CLICK HERE to read about Catherine Harrington’s Art walks.

Online Residency, organised by Debora Mo & Catherine Harrington for Alt:mfa; Spring 2020
Group Residency at Kelder Gallery, London; February 2019
Alt:mfa Residency at Group Projects Studio, London; May 2019
Alt:mfa Residency at Group Projects Studio, London; May 2018 – 2020