Kate Downie has been a practicing visual artist based in Scotland for the past 35 years, after studying at Grey’s School of Art in Aberdeen. She has exhibited her work extensively in both the UK and internationally. Her interest in the social fabric of civil engineering, urbanisation and landscape has lead her into a series of extraordinary residencies over the years, including placements in a brewery, an oil rig, on the Great Wall of China and most recently on the Forth Road Bridge. Her practice includes painting, printmaking, large-scale drawing and performative drawing and she has had experience in large-scale public art projects both as a leading artists and as part of a team within diverse local community arts projects, here and in China.
For a number of years she was resident in Leith and has a large portfolio of works examining the diversity of the Firth of Forth coastline and crossings. Her work is held in both public and private collections worldwide.
She is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, a former president of the Society of Scottish Artists and an active member of Glasgow Print Studio and Edinburgh Printmakers.
This year of 2016 she is an invited artist at the Cupar Arts Festival in Fife and will also be working on a major triptych commissioned for the Scottish Parliament. Her next major solo exhibition will be during the Edinburgh Festival in 2017.
“My work attempts to transform ordinary places into poetic acts of memory”