Kate Downie
November 14th, 2016

Autumn to Winter News 2016-7


Academicians IV

Fall Light, All Trains Lead to Glasgow. Screen print 2016


Academicians IV at Glasgow Print Studio at Trongate 103, Glasgow opens on Friday 18th November. The show features four new prints  are a part of my new series ‘Train Eyes and the Scotrail Philosopher’ co-published with Glasgow Print Studio last month, and example of which can be seen here.

The four artists represented in this show are Christopher Le Brun RAAnnie Cattrell RSA and Stephen Chambers RA and myself. The exhibition will run over the holiday season until January 22nd 2017.



Span – A Tale of Three Bridges


From my Favourite Car Park. pastel 2016

SPAN – A Tale of Three Bridges comes to Kirkcaldy Galleries in Fife. This   exhibition celebrates the three great bridges across the Forth estuary. The Forth Rail Bridge and Road Bridge were engineering marvels of their age, and with the Queensferry Crossing nearing completion it is the perfect time to explore their stories in a two part exhibition at the Galleries.

The first part of the show features a range of amazing historic images of the bridges. Learn about the brave and ingenious Victorian briggers who built the Rail Bridge, and the ‘spider-men’ who scaled the dizzying heights of the Road Bridge.

These  bridges have also inspired me as an artist, & the 2nd part of the display features over 20 works dating from 1999 right up to the present day, and feature a range of original drawings and prints, including works recently completed of the Queensferry Crossing. SPAN is the major winter exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries, and runs until the      26th February 2017.




May 4th, 2016

May News

Last chance to see Shared Vision

This April I have been painting in my studio for a major exhibition in 2017 but in the meantime my Shared Vision wall of eight works can be viewed as part of the 190th Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition. This set of appropriated ink paintings were featured in the touring show of the same title, which opened at Stirling University in September 2015, then toured to Robert Gordon’s University in early 2016 and can now be seen in Edinburgh. Open until May 25th (admission £5/£3; free entry on Fridays)

East to West

Downstairs in the RSA Academicians Gallery further works from my exhibition tour can be seen. Open until May 15th (entrance free 7 days a week)

Open edition inkjet Print

Such has been the interest in this image from the exhibition I have launched it as an open edition inkjet print on archival paper; each print is numbered, signed and stamped with a hand carved cherry blossom seal. Click here for further details and to see a short film from the studio completing some of the new prints.

Shared Vision watercolour and ink on found Chinese Ink Painting 2015, private collection

The Bankhead Studio Collective

Image:‘The Clearing’ drypoint & monotype

21 May – 5 June 2015

Sat, Sun, Mon 10am-5pm,

Tues-Fri 12-3pm or by appointment.

Bankend, Kirkgunzeon, Dumfries and Galloway DG2 8L

In May I will be a part of the annual Dumfries and Galloway Spring Fling as invited artist with the Bankhead Studio Print Collective in the beautiful village of Kirkgunzeon. The work of six printmakers will be featured in this beautiful converted barn, the former studio of Archie Sutter-Watt RSW 1915 – 2005 along with some retrospective works by the master himself.


Cupar Arts Festival  2016

international Festival of Contemporary Visual Art  18th to 25th June

As one of the invited artists to Cupar Arts Festival 2016 I am soon to commence work on this installation in a section of the former Sheriff Court Building. In this new work Gaps, Distortions and Downright Lies, I will attempt a complete re-configuration of space, in drawing.

‘If the art of drawing is to be viewed as another danger sport, then you will have come to the right place’

There is an amazing line up of artists involved in this year’s Festival 2016, including but not only Charles Avery, Juliana Capes, Pier Guiseppe DiTanno, Juliette Losq, David Faithfull, Rachel Maclean, Jenny Smith and Anthony Schrag.






Put the dates in your diary now!


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