Kate Downie
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.






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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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