Discover and support Nottinghamshire artists & makers in these ‘virtual studios’ and by exploring the OSNotts website – if physical visits become possible these will be announced here and on our social media channels.

Cath (alongside Christine Howard) is planning an open studio event on Sat 26 June, 10 to 5 (see below for more info).

Traditional drawing & painting studio alongside handmade books made from re-claimed materials.
Studio 2, The Hub, 11 Churchgate, Retford DN22 6PA
i: Cath Ray Books
f: Cath Ray Books

I graduated from De Montfort University with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art & History of Art and went on to draw & paint alongside part-time lecturing at Doncaster College & North Notts College and working in local art galleries and museums.  As part of my degree course was on ‘Artists’ Books’, I was shown various bookbinding techniques and became hooked, and eventually developed this skill into part of my practice.  I am a member of artists’ group Artempo and have exhibited with them, as well as independently throughout the Nottinghamshire/South Yorkshire region.


My current studio is in Retford town centre, on the top floor of the community building ‘The Hub’.  It is a busy venue set in a beautiful Georgian building with several artists working in the studios and a gallery & teaching space downstairs.

… and in this short video, Cath Ray guides you around her studio:


As a painter I am obsessed by looking around and painting what I see.  It doesn’t matter whether this is a hedge in Winter, horses in a field, or an old building caught in moonlight.  For me it is always about capturing perfect moments and preserving them to enjoy forever.

If you are interested in this work, please contact the artist directly through the links above.


Open Studio: Sat 26 June,  10 to 5pm

  • The Hub has a Community art & craft shop downstairs plus tourist information centre, gallery on first floor, artist studios on second floor.
  • Only the downstairs part of the building has wheelchair access, but I am more than willing to come down and show examples and talk about my work to any visitors with accessibility issues.
  • No refreshments available at venue currently due to Covid 19.