Thursday 17th March 2016 at 1.00pm
Lecture Theatre SB42
Garthdee House Annexe
‘Walk Through Resonant Landscape’
Kate Downie has been a practicing artist since graduating in drawing and painting at Gray’s School of Art in 1980.
In her lecture ‘Walk Through Resonant Landscape’, Kate examines the development of her relationship with modern and traditional Chinese cultures, and the influence it has had on her art.
In 2010 she set foot in China for the first time, as recipient of a William Gillies Scholarship award from the Royal Scottish Academy. Since then she has visited the country 5 times, each time trying to increase her understanding of the Chinese culture, politics and environment. In the current RGU exhibition ‘Shared Vision’ she brings together a body of her work that examines the role of traditional ink painting in maintaining a romantic view of the country despite the huge political and social upheavals of the past 120 years.
Her interest in the social fabric of civil engineering, urbanisation and landscape has led her into a series of extraordinary residencies over the years, including placements in a brewery, an oil rig, a remote Chinese mountain village and most recently on the Forth Road Bridge. Her practice so far has included painting, print, drawing and film and performance.
Kate is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, a former president of the Society of Scottish Artists and a member of Glasgow Print Studio and Edinburgh Printmakers. Her work is held in both public and private collections worldwide.
This year of 2016 she is an invited artist at the Cupar Arts Festival with a major drawing installation entitled ‘Gaps, Deceptions and Downright Lies’ and will also be working on a Forth Bridges triptych commissioned for the Scottish Parliament. Her next major solo exhibition ‘The Anatomy of Haste’ will be during the Edinburgh International Festival in 2017.