Kate Downie
August 13th, 2015

Late Summer News


Shared Vision

by Kate Downie

Ink painting, prints and drawings

20th September to 23rd December 2015

As a part of ‘Reflection of the East’

University of Stirling Art Collection

Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling FK9 4LA

Multiple Sunset on the Dragon Wall, mixed media print 2015

It is exactly 5 years since the artist set foot in China for the first time, as recipient of a William Gillies Scholarship award from the Royal Scottish Academy. This exhibition brings together some of the work made over those years, including the controversial  ‘Shared Vision’ ink painting series and a set of new mixed media prints inspired by walking the Great Wall.

In late September Kate Downie returns to China for further research but will return in time to present an ink painting Event & Workshop with artist Chi Zhang as well as the Autumn Lecture on November 11th

After December this exhibition will travel to Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen. For further information  email art.collection@stir.ac.uk and for bookings click here

Reflections of the East : On 20th September 2015 the University of Stirling Art Collection launches ‘Reflections of the East’. This is the umbrella title for several exhibitions showcasing the work of five artists who share a creative relationship with China: Kate Downie, Emma Scott-Smith, Fanny Lam Christie, Norman McLaren and Ding Fang. During the course of the autumn there will also be other related events such as art workshops, a tea ceremony, film screenings at the MacRobert Arts Centre on campus, and also the Art Collection Autumn Lecture, which will be given by Kate Downie.

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May 28th, 2015

News Update early June 2015


You may have noticed I have not been touch for a while, however it has been a busy and exciting year so far.

Watching the migrations of ships, traffic, trains and sea birds from my studio cabin during my Forth Road Bridge Residency last summer, I was inspired to stretch my wings. Therefore In late September 2014 I set off for 3 months of travel in Australia and Japan, carrying out research of river systems, estuaries and bridges in both of these amazing countries on the edge of the western Pacific Ocean. I explored these new landscapes through through photography, film, and ink painting and drawing. This culminated in my 2nd major solo exhibition with the Scottish Gallery ‘Estuary’  in Edinburgh in April. That same month also featured a two person show ‘Drawing on the Landscape’  at Cobalt Contemporary in Pittenweem. Both shows were a great success, with  reviews by the Times,The Scotsman and Studio International. Coming into the now of art making, I am preparing to document further progress of the Queensferry Crossing as it grows apace over the Forth in preparation for my next major show in September. More Soon!