Katie Hallam

Katie Hallam
MA Contemporary Art Practice // Edinburgh College of Art ’20

Katie – also known as The Beautiful Error – is an Edinburgh-based artist with a background in art education. Her practice began creating work with new media technologies through the construction and deconstruction of digital imagery, coding and unintentional errors that occur in our technological experiences.

Katie questions the shape and form of digital culture and how this could be represented when it’s forced to slow down. She creates work that goes against a logical order, that interprets the moments a ‘pure’ digital system can stretch, navigate and reveal its nonsense within a physical space even away from switched off devices.

These images, from her Future Fossils series, are inextricably linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Before lockdown I wanted to visualise what our technological devices would become in 100 million years’ time, fossilised, buried and extracted again. I had sourced large pieces of coal and had planned to cast, sculpt, scale up and create ambitious installation pieces.

With no access to a studio or workshops, I adapted to using skills in digital photography and computer software to create virtual renderings of these sculptures in realistic environments. I immediately started to connect my work to the abandoned streets of Edinburgh.

Walking around the streets of the city felt eerie, calm and atmospheric. I normally went out during the day and in the early evenings to photograph my locations, and I expect I will never get to experience the city as I have seen it lately, being so quiet. My walks lasted only a few hours at a time, and although I got puzzled looks as I stood in the middle of abandoned car parks and zebra crossings, it was amazing to explore the city without the normal hustle and bustle.

My practice is predominantly photography-based, but the isolation brought about by Covid-19 has transferred the way I create work, how I see the city I live in and how I plan to create outdoor sculptural work and public art. Everyone has had to adapt extremely quickly, and this has opened new possibilities of working, collaborating and networking – that can only have a positive impact”.

During lockdown, Katie has been involved in digital artist residencies and livestreamed art events, and designed a virtual art exhibition. Her work was recently featured in The Times.


Future Fossils # I
Photography, digital
Dimensions variable
Price available on request

Future Fossils # II
Photography, digital
Dimensions variable
Price available on request


2019 – 2020
MA Contemporary Art Practice, Edinburgh College of Art.

2011 – 2012
PGCE Art & Design, Faculty of Education, Cambridge University.

2008 – 2011
BA (Hons) Education Studies with Art and Design, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln.

2001 – 2003
HND Photography, Leeds Metropolitan University.


The Beautiful Error, Gallery St Martin’s, Lincoln.
Salon des Refuses, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
Counter Balance, Trinity Art Gallery, London.
Discovery Sessions, Trinity Art Gallery, London.
Handmade in Britain, Waterperry Gardens, Oxford.
Henley Royal Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta Art Gallery, Henley on Thames.
Coastline, Greyfriars Art Space, King’s Lynn.

Artrooms, Melia White House, London.

Harley Gallery Open, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire.


The Forest Arts, online.

Other Experience


Creating various artworks for a luxurious penthouse interior design project with Create Interior Design, Berwick Street London.

Money Talks, Canter Holland Ltd, Peterborough.

Work Experience

2017 – 2019
Head of Art, Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames.

2014 – 2017
Art Teacher, Uppingham School, Rutland.

Visual Art Teacher, Sandringham School, St Albans, Hertfordshire.

2011 – 2012
PGCE Art & Design Placement, Cambridge University.

2004 – 2007
Style Director/Lead Photographer, Venture Photography, Peterborough.