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Kate Roy is an Emerging Canadian artist and has found a passion for research within the art world. She is a writer, performer, experimentalist and a student of life. Her art practice is a means for growth and is not limited to a single medium. The Photographic Arts is a large passion within Kate's practice and is often used to communicate her expression within large concept ideas. 

Kate has received her Photography Diploma from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in 2016 and won the Mary-Ellen Nealis Award for the top photographer of her graduating year. Since 2014 Kate has participated in 7 group exhibitions, was awarded the 2019 Luna Bursary grant, the Award of Visual Merit in 2020 and has self-published Eight Photo-based books titled; With the Wind, It’s all about you, Affinity, Evon Stremel Roy, A Beautiful collection, Beneficiary, Quaran-Zine and BLUmE. Kate has recently received her diploma from the full-time Portfolio Program at The School of the Photographic Arts Ottawa, in May 2020.

As a Photo-based artist, my practice has been influenced by my experiences of living with C-PTSD and learning to heal from my traumas. I suffered a great number of years alone without any formal diagnosis which left me living with everything I had been through completely untreated. I was worn down and isolated for years and withdrew from friendships, relationships and family; coiling inwards not knowing what was wrong. Through my work I curate concept ideas that help express and interpret some of the most intimate parts of myself, using my art practice as a tool of healing. Each series of work I create is a narrative of mixed whimsical and volatile depictions of my life, typically involving outsourced subjects to sit in place of myself. I slowly curate every aspect of each shoot with symbolism, research, design and subject matter to force myself to confront and categorize the trauma in a new form of muscle memory, helping to re-establish control over troubling aspects of my own reality. I am fascinated by the amount of change we can install in our own nervous system by learning new disciplined ways of thinking. Using historical film processes as my main source of communication to my audience is another form of symbolism that demonstrates that the trauma’s I have experienced are no longer living memories, but instead tangible photographs I carefully curated and can now hold and control in the palm of my own hand, becoming the master of my own mind.


The School Of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa- Portfolio Diploma 2018-2020

The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design- Photography Diploma 2014-2016

Saint Thomas University, BA, Fredericton, NB, Attended 2009-2012


 Res-Artis Member 2020-21


CARFAC Ontario Member 2020-21

Canada Council For the Arts Member 2020-21



PhotoEd Magazine Winter 2020/21 Black and White Issue, 2020


QUARANZINE, First Issue March 2020


Do It For The Grain, Issue 2 Vol. 3, 2021, Instagram @doitforthegrain

PhotoED Magazine, Spring/Summer 2021 Digital Edition, Pg.32-33

'PaceMag, February 12th, 2021, Instagram @pacemag, Project 'Supernatural Women


Canadian Film Photographers, Featured Artist, June, 2021

 NosyMag, Ottawa Ontario, Sept, 8th, 2021 Instagram @nosymag

PhotoED Magazine, Eco Issue, Sept, 2021


 PhotoED Magazine, Spring/Summer 2022 DIGITAL EXTRA Page 70, 71


Mary Ellen-Nealis Award- Top Photographer of Graduating Class 


Award of Visual Merit In recognition of outstanding achievement in Exhibition No.15 

Luna Bursary Award of Excellence and Top first-year photographer 


Scrim's Florist Shop, Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada November 2020-February 2021


Memory, George Fry Gallery, 2015

Stemple, Stemple Gallery, 2016

Out of our Minds, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, 2016

Bare,  SPAO Centre Gallery, 2018

SPAO PRINT SALE, 2018 & 2019

The Grey Zone, SPAO Centre Gallery, 2019

Exhibition No. 14, SPAO Centre Gallery, 2019

Exhibition No. 15, SPAO Centre Gallery, 2020

Process, BLUmE Zine, DIFTG, Possible Worlds, Ottawa, March 2021



With the Wind 2014

Even Rose Stremel Roy 2015

A Beautiful Collection 2015

It's All About You 2016

Running With You 2016

Kara and Stephanie 2017

Jenn and Brynn 2018

Affinity 2019

Quaran-Zine, Issue One, 2020

Beneficiary 2020

BLUmE, Printed with Do It For The Grain, 2021

Rollie & Holga Quarterly Zines, Fall 2021 - Ongoing



Founder and Owner of Kate Roy Photo Inc. Circa May 2021

Rollie & Holga Quarterly Zine Producer, Editor and Creator

Admin Assistant at PhotoED Magazine, Dec-June 2020

Social Media Posts, Research, and Article Writing

Contract Photographer – THE CHANGE FOUNDATION – 2019

'Documenting the creation of the Podcast ‘Young Carers

Wedding Photographer – ENTREPRENEUR – 2016-2018

Documentary style Wedding Photographer on the East coast of Canada

Photography Instructor • The University of New Brunswick •2017

Photography Camp instructor for children ages 7-14 

Contract Photographer • PHOTOS UNLIMITED • 2017

On location photographer for Family and event photography

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