Natus Residency: Catherine Garvey ‘Alien Agency’


We’re very excited that the artist undertaking our Natus residency this year will be Liverpool based illustrator Catherine Garvey. During the residency Catherine will be working on a short comic entitled ‘Alien Agency’, which will illustrate a story written by Catherine and her sister Sarah. The story is about an outspoken nerd called Fran, who has always been too busy looking for aliens to have any friends; and Dakota, who is an alien refugee disguised as a human. The story follows Fran attempting to contact outer space and the events that follow… Catherine will be using our gallery space as her studio between Monday 22nd July and Friday 9th August. During this time, you can visit the space to get an insight into Catherine’s practice, and you might even get to have a chat with the artist herself!


Catherine Garvey is a Liverpool based illustrator and self-publisher. She has an Illustration degree from Plymouth University. She won the ‘Independents Biennial Knowsley’ commission in 2018 and has recently showcased her work on Liverpool Light Night. She is fascinated with the supernatural and sci-fi, and in her comics, she loves mixing up the impossible with mundane, day-to-day life.


Saturday 17th August, 11am – 3pm FREE Suitable for all ages

Join us for a day full of alien themed fun as we celebrate the launch of Catherine Garvey’s exhibition. You’ll be the first to get your hands on a copy of her new comic ‘Alien Agency’ and get to try your hand at designing your very own alien creatures!


Thursday 1st August 11am – 12:30pm

£8 per person

Booking advised Join comic illustrator Catherine Garvey for a super fun alien character design workshop, where you’ll be guided to illustrate your own alien characters based on planet facts and imagery. You’ll get to see how Catherine comes up with her comic characters and get an insight into her working methods – as well as get a sneak peek into the brand-new comic she’s currently working on. Aspiring illustrators – don’t miss this one!

You can book here. 


Saturday 28th September 1pm – 3pm £3 per child & adult

Booking advised Join the Digital Imagination Workshop on the last day of Catherine Garvey’s exhibition ‘Alien Agency’ and craft a ‘Smart Alien’, a textile alien character with an exciting techy twist. You’ll spend time designing and making your own alien inspired by Catherine’s illustrations, then we’ll show you how to add contactless technology to turn your creation into a smart object! All materials provided to make one ‘Smart Alien’. Recommended age 8+, however this workshop is designed as a family activity, and children should be accompanied by adults at all times.

You can book here.