Kate Downie
July 11th, 2013

Summer News 2013

‘Walk Through Resonant Landscape I’

Ink paintings  and  oil paintings

The Royal Scottish Academy, the Mound , Edinburgh. Admittance Free

31st August – 6th October

In 2010 Kate Downie was awarded the RSA William Gillies Bequest Award to travel to Beijing and Shanghai to work with ink painting masters and develop her own practice in this unique medium. Following this experience returned to China for 3 months in 2011/12 to develop her research.  Two short trips in 2013 later , she is slowly building a lasting relationship with Chinese culture, as can be seen in  ‘A Walk Through Resonant Landscape’, showing in the RSA and the RGI Kelly Gallery in Glasgow.

Autumn Lecture

Kate Downie will talk about her experiences as a European artist in Eastern China and her meetings with extraordinary ink painters, She will also give valuable insights into the changing face of contemporary art in China, and its impact on the world ,as well as giving some insight into the development of her work in the past few years. This event is being held in conjunction with the Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Date :Tuesday 3 September Doors open 6.10pm Lecture 6.30–7.30pm followed by a glass of wine

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, NGS Complex, The Mound

£12 includes wine. booking essential.

through Friends of the RSA 0131 624 6119

Or Friends of the National Galleries 0131 624 6459

‘Walk Through Resonant Landscape II’

Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts

Kelly Gallery, 118 Douglas Street, Glasgow G2 4ET

28 August – 29 September 2013

featuring ‘The EAST-WEST Road’ :a participative performance art drawing installation

& the ‘ShangriLa la la’ Monoprint Wall

Participative performance drawing sessions for The East West Road:

Friday 23rd 5-8 pm & Sat 24th August 10am – 1pm . No need to book. just turn up.

Award News

I am delighted to announce that Creative Scotland have granted me a Quality Production Award towards the exhibition publication, with commissioned texts in English and Mandarin to accompany ‘Walk in Resonant Landscape’, as well as funding towards the EAST-WEST ROAD Chinatown Drawing project for the RGI Kelly Gallery in August.


The 64 page full colour publication will be available by August 28th at £12 + p&p and for sale at both galleries.


Creation Activity

Next week I shall returning yet again to China to make new work, representing the UK in the

The China 2nd He Shun International Art Festival

Invitation letter from China: “In consideration of your art achievement, we are honoured to invite you participating this creation activity” . I am very partial to Creation Activity and look forward to making stuff amongst incredible artists from 10 countries including eminent Chinese artists, and exploring the remote mountainous region of Shang Xi Province. But i shall be back in time for my Walk Through Resonant Landscape.


Monoprinting course for beginners

Glasgow Print Studio

I shall be running this weekend course Sept 28th/29th 2013

and another in Jan 2014.

If interested, Contact GPS on 0141 552 0704 to be added to a waiting list or for cancellations.

Studio Tutorial Days: 18th & 25th September. I will be running professional  practice sessions from my Edinburgh studio, and have space for up to 6 individual tutorials. £70, sessions last  approximately 2 hours. Contact Kate for enquiries and bookings.


Hot Press

‘NanBei’ One of my new river paintings to be seen in ‘Walk In Resonant Landscape’ has been purchased for the prestigious Art Collection of Stirling University courtesy of support from the National Art Fund UK.

NanBei oil on canvas 2012-13 111 x 200cm








The Art Collectors Workshop l : Drypoint Friday 4th October 6-8 pm

The Art Collectors Workshop ll: Monoprint Saturday 5th October 11am – 1pm

I am launching an exciting new set of workshops specifically for art collectors. These sessions are designed to illuminate and celebrate some of the techniques and processes behind a print. These shall be run from my studio in Edinburgh, costs £60 per workshop,all materials included and a glass of wine to finish. Participants can either try out these  techniques for themselves through all the print stages, or simply watch and enjoy a demonstration by the artist. The £60 workshop fee is refundable off of any drypoint or monoprint sale from the artist’s studio for 2 months from the workshop date.


Booking essential, maximum 6 collectors per workshop, no experience necessary.


Head for Heights

On top of tHe Forth Road Bridge






Here is an image as a taster for one of the exhibitions I hope to be creating for next year. It might just be something to do with the 50th Anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge in September 2014. Watch this space.


And Finally , Just to say how pleased I was to have been invited to exhibit last month in the Lemon Street Gallery in Truro, Cornwall

With Victoria Crowe, David Michie, Stephen Campbell, Adrian Wisznieski,Elizabeth Blackadder, Christine Borland, Jack Knox, Alan Davie, John Byrne, Lennox Dunbar, and others.

I shall be exhibiting my first solo show with the Lemon Street Gallery in June 2014.