I was very lucky to be invited to the latest exhibition by Scottish artist Kate Downie last week – Zero to Fifty is an exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Forth Road Bridge. It is currently being shown in the spectacular setting of Hopetoun House (image above). The Forth Road Bridge is a vast structure with incredible engineering, it spans 2.5km across the Firth of Forth. Kate was appointed artist in residence for the bridges 50th Year celebration by the Fourth Estuary Transport Authority. Kate had a temporary studio space directly under the side tower of the bridge where she fully immersed her self in the project, meeting bridge staff, climbing to the top of the bridge and fully exploring and experiencing all aspects of the structure. Kate brings a huge wealth of knowledge in creating bridge inspired work including her previous residency at the Forth Bridge – which is the world famous Rail bridge that sits along side the road bridge.
I absolutely fell in love with her large scale drawings, dark, smudgy, bold and paintings of the bridge. Here are some of images from the exhibition and some of her other work. I would definitely recommend checking out her work at www.katedownie.com. The exhibition runs till September the 13th.