Public Artwork, Exhibition, and Durational Drawing Event.
Kate Downie was one of the festival’s Invited Artists. Born in North Carolina and trained at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, she lives and works in Edinburgh. Best known for drawing, printmaking and painting, Downie explores themes of borders, barriers, crossings, shorelines, un-named places, tourist icons, and roads. Her exhibition in the main hall of the old school on Millgate comprised a series of sketches for her live drawing event “Matchmaker” along with earlier works, some of which were shown in the space as large-scale projections. In the outside courtyard of the old school, Kate also created an evocative painting of elements of the town on the blank wall surface.