Jo Meacock welcomes Kate Downie and Eardley’s niece Anne Morrison-Husdon to Glasgow Museums Resource Centre in May 2021 to view Two Children

This project by Glasgow Museums, brings together two renowned Scottish-based artists, Joan Eardley (1921–63), whose centenary is being celebrated in 2021–22, and painter and printmaker Kate Downie (b. 1958), who has long acknowledged Eardley’s creative influence. In her work, Downie has tackled similar themes to Eardley – child portraiture, the urban landscape, coastal terrain – and there is a sense of connection, an understanding in her artistic practice. 

Find out more on Glasgow Museums website where Downie documents her journey, generously sharing her insights and discoveries as she looks, thinks, draws and paints to better understand Eardley and this, her final ambitious canvas.