Kate Downie

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June 10th, 2010

‘The Haymarket Pibroch’ at The Royal Scottish Academy

As one of the invited artists at the RSA Annual Exhibition, curated this year by Ian MacCulloch as a part of  “The Expressive Arts and Social Involvement’, I made  a drawing in charcoal directly onto the wall of the RSA 3m x 3.5 m over a period of 3 days before the show opened.

Titled ‘The Haymarket Pibroch’, it is a contemporary street lament for the displaced peoples of Edinburgh during the Tramworks of the past few years.  The process of making the drawing was documented and edited into a 6 minute  audio-visual by Michael Wolchover with soundtrack  by Gary West and Wendy Stewart. These and other new drawings can be seen at the Royal Scottish Academy until June 23rd.   for opening times etc see  http://www.royalscottishacademy.org

The whole exhibition has been well reviewed and is worth a visit if you are visiting  Edinburgh soon! gilessutherland.blogspot.com

June 10th, 2010

Invited Academicians at The Rendezvous Gallery

Until June 19th 2010




Sea Cafe I (Akaylar) 2005-10

These two paintings feature in this excellent group show at The Rendezvous Gallery in Aberdeen until June 19th. This Gallery is a wonderfully eccentric (but very cultured) corner of Aberdeen in Scotland , where objet d’art and paintings are  crowded in together but somehow maintain their integrity due to the keen eye and passionate curatorship of gallery owner Duane Meade.

Sea Cafe I started life from a twilight pastel sketch looking across to the Greek island of  Kos from the village of  Akyarlar in Turkey in 2005, reaching  its final incarnation last month. This is joined by my more recent Sea Cafe II based on a beautiful out-of-season trip to Collioures in the South of France last February.

Sea Cafe II