Kate Liston makes works in response to existing sites and situations, using the limitations of these locations and contexts to explore forms of world-making. She employs echo and repetition in writing and moving-image to reveal how materials are handled and meanings processed. Her sculptures use a schematic visual language and spatial illusion to present as speculative forms. Projects often encompass sculpture, moving image, sound and writing into installations that act as hosting spaces for audiences to dwell in, which are sometimes activated by live events.

Her collaborative practice with Tess Denman-Cleaver includes Town Hall Meeting of the Air.

She works as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Northumbria University.