Ekaterina Sheath


BA (Hons) Illustration

Photograph of a person in a dark green coat with tied back blonde hair and glasses smiling.

Ekaterina Sheath is a freelance illustrator based in Leeds. Through community engagement, on-location drawing and research, she shares hidden stories and transforms local spaces into cultural assets. Working with social organisations she brings engaging and educational illustrations to communities. Ekaterina graduated from BA (Hons) Illustration in 2021 and was awarded a six-month Leeds Arts University residency on the Funded Studio Space scheme at Duke Studios in Leeds in 2022 and decided to stay on in the co-working space once her residency had ended.

Sheath was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2022 for the Site-Specific Category, featured in Creative Boom as one of the Most Exciting Illustrators to Follow in 2022 and in the Association of Illustrators 10 UK Illustration Graduates to Watch in 2021. Her clients include Historic England, Leeds City Council, Wakefield Council, Leeds Bid and the Canal and River Trust. 

“Working at home was horrible! I was struggling to separate my working and personal life, and I was lonely after the social studios at Leeds Arts University. Duke Studios has been the perfect space to develop my practice, I have been able to pour myself into my work and push myself to new levels. It is a really friendly and welcoming place, I have met so many new people.”

Ekaterina Sheath, BA (Hons) Illustration graduate

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