Kate Downie
September 17th, 2023

Five Years in Fife- Autumn News 2023

It’s hard to believe it’s been a full five years since moving to Fife, and 4 years since the completion of Birchtree Studio.  It has become a joyful place of creative contemplation, play and production which we love to share with our visitors. As I contemplate the changing colours in the garden this early Autumn, I’m excited to share my art news for the coming calendar year.


Studio Visit weekend

On November 4th-5th 2023 we are hosting a Birchtree Studio Visit Weekend. Click to reserve a visit via Eventbrite..

I’ll be showing an archive of previously unseen notebook  drawings and watercolours, having learnt new conservation techniques to extract them from 25 years of journals. Work in progress paintings, new drawings  and a 2023  collaborative print for sale. We look forward to seeing you!




Tracers – a collaboration

TRACERS :  I am delighted to  been invited to collaborate with Glasgow-based performance artist Stephanie Black-Daniels, in this new cross-generation project  between October 23- February ’24.  It will be based on Stephanie’s research  into the history & experiences of women ‘Tracers’ in the Glasgow Shipbuilding Industry in the early/mid 20th Century.  I am excited about working with Stephanie, returning in a new form the industrial maritime genre that I explored back in the ’80s & 90’s. The project concerns the nature of movement in drawing and the lives of women.  Tracers will culminate in a performance of drawing and dance at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow in February, and is supported by Creative Scotland.

TRACERS   R&D @stephanieblackdaniels      @creativescots collaborator @katedownie56 and producer @jojo.maffyews

Scottish Women Artists – 250 years of Challenging Perceptions

I recommend a visit to the Dovecot if you haven’t been already to see Scottish Women Artists – 250 years of Challenging Perceptions. Its a beautifully curated exhibition, and my work from the City Arts Centre Collection  ‘Study for Three Bridge Evening’ is is represented adjacent to a magnificent Catherine seascape by Joan Eardley.   Here I am at the preview with co-curator James Knox, director of the Fleming Collection, and Charlotte Rostek who wrote the excellent accompanying publication.  until January 8th 2024


A painting for the Paris Olympics ! – Dialogue 

I am delighted to announce my inclusion in the forthcoming exhibition ‘Dialogue’ at the Musée Maurice Denis in St Germain-en-Laye near Paris during the 2024 Olympics, from May 21st – December 31st, 2024.

‘Dialogue’ will present a renewed and original display of the Museum’s collection in dialogue with the work of 9 invited contemporary British artists, to be integrated into the heart of the exhibition, resonating with the works from the past.  My painting ‘The Manse Cherry’ will be hanging with works by Denis, Gaugin, Maillol, Redon alongside other invited UK artists including  David Hockney, Anna Ginsburg, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Andy Goldsworthy and David Nash .

It promised to be a fascinating exhibition, and I feel honoured to have my painting seen in this vibrant curatorial context. Manse Cherry will be rotated through 108 degrees half way through the exhibition to mark the transition of the seasons.


‘ Siblings’ – a forthcoming Solo Exhibition 2024

‘Siblings’ will open next September 2024 at the award winning Glasgow Women’s Library, and will feature the body of work created during my 2021-22 research and ‘completion’ of the unfinished painting by Joan Eardley ‘Two Children’, as well as my final work ‘Four Children 1962-2022′. I am currently working on a series of  painted banners for this exhibition which involve collaborative work with siblings of all ages.

More news to follow on this as the project develops. This exhibition with an associated program of workshops and talks will be available to tour, for hire from January 2025, please contact me for further details if interested.




April 21st, 2022


New editions!

I am delighted to announce the launch of three new editions available to purchase direct from the shop section of this website

“Sutherland Revisited’ is an open edition inject print based on a large ink drawing (101 x 150cm) I made near Clachtoll in Sutherland earlier this century. I reworked the surface with late summer watercolour upon my return to Sutherland just before lockdown,  and can now be  purchased here  and enjoyed on a more domestic scale!


Clogherhead Strand – A Print for Ukraine

I was lucky enough to be on holiday in Ireland with my partner Michael, at the same time as the Ukrainians were experiencing their first awful weeks of the Russian invasion. We experienced glorious hospitality everywhere, a mixture of seeing old friends and making new ones, visiting cultural institutions and walking in nature on both sides of the Irish border.

On our last day in County Louth, we were taken to Clogherhead Strand, on the edge of the Boyne Estuary – after a windswept walk at low tide, we paused for coffee in the outdoor Strand café to catch our breath. Nearby, children were doing what children on beaches do the world over – they play, they dig, and jump and build wee sand castles for the sheer joy of knocking them down and starting over again.

I could not help but make this small ink and watercolour drawing, sketching the very action of their joyous freedoms expressed so purely.

As a place of freedom, it seemed appropriate to offer this picture ‘Clogherhead Strand’ as an edition of 60 inkjet prints on quality archival paper, for sale at £75 each (+ £10 Postage and packing) with 100% of the sales income going towards charities that directly help Ukrainian citizens in the midst of war but also here in Scotland. 40 prints are available in Scotland, and 20 in Ireland.

It is with thanks to the kind generosity of Edinburgh Arts Picture Framers who made this beautiful edition pro-bono in order that maximum funds can reach those who need them most. Exhibition sales as follows: 20 prints on sale here, 20 prints on sale via Edinburgh Arts Picture Framers

All funds received (apart from Postage & Packing) will be sent direct to Ukrainian support charities.

These are the  two very deserving charities I have selected:




Study for ‘Three Bridge Evening’

Here is my  latest etching, completed in February ’22 in Glasgow, inspired by the confluence of  bridges over the Forth Estuary, each crossing representing three different centuries of  design. From my particular viewpoint (as seen from Carlingnose Point in North Queensferry) they appear to intermingle in a distant perspective of transport options spanning the river.

This limited-edition print has just been co-published with Glasgow Print Studio.  in collaboration with master printer Stuart Duffin. The print can be viewed/purchased directly from this website and also seen alongside a  retrospective selection of my Bridge prints on show until April 30th. It was a great experience to return to collaborating and  exhibiting at GPS after the lockdown and I look forward to many new projects with them later this year.


Conversations with Joan

Many of you might know that for 15 weeks from October 2021-February 2022 I was deep inside a fascinating project which came about through my desire to create an appropriate homage to the work and life of Joan Eardley, an amazing UK painter who was based in Scotland and has been a profound influence upon so many artists, myself included.

2021 marked the Centenary year of her birth, and you can read all about my attempts to create a completion of her unfinished painting ‘Two Children’ here https://glasgowmuseums-exhibitions.co.uk/joan-eardley/

This link takes you to the blog which covers the whole studio process in my own words & pictures, from start to finish. I am delighted to announce that Glasgow Museum has now purchased my painting ‘Four Children 1962-2022’ by Kate Downie RSA (after Joan Eardley RSA) for their permanent collection.  More news to follow about viewing the painting in a public gallery.


Exhibition News

My work can currently be viewed at the

196th Annual Exhibition at the RSA https://www.royalscottishacademy.org/exhibitions/forthcoming/

Until June 12th 2022

New Acquisitions at the City Arts Centre https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/incoming-new-acquisitions-city-art-centre

Until 28th May 2023

Kate Downie Printing Bridges 1999-2022 https://www.gpsart.co.uk/Home/DisplayExhibition/241?year=2022

Until 30th April 2022


Festival Lecture at the City Arts Centre

“The Art of Crossing’ August 3rd 2pm

I will be presenting a lecture ‘The Art Of Crossing’ live at the Edinburgh Festival to coincide with ‘Incoming – New Acquisitions’ Exhibition

Tickets are free but booking is essential