Pittenweem

Arts Festival

August 5th - 13th 2017

A celebration of the visual arts taking place in galleries homes studios and other venues throughout Pittenweem

ART@47

Returning to ART@47 this November, for the weekend of the 25th to the 27th are Petites Mains. Les Mains belong to makers  Jennifer diFolco, Ann Landrock and Ruth Stiven.

 

Their work shows an extensive range of craft possibilities and you know when selecting a piece, or pieces, that you are purchasing individual craft work, beautifully done.

 

There's also the chance of meeting with the makers themselves. This, coupled with the Pop-up-Shop being the ideal place to complete your Christmas shopping means a visit is essential.

ART COMING

 

Recent Exhibitions

Metaphor for the Sea

Neil Dallas Brown: 1938 - 2003

Born in Elgin, Neil spent much of his life  in Fife, working as a secondary school teacher, then lecturing at Dundee College of Art and Glasgow School of Art. He last lived in Cellardyke, a few miles along the coast from Pittenweem. His closeness to the sea is reflected in many of the paintings exhibited here.

 

His early recognition led to a number of awards and scholarships which allowed him to travel to France, Italy and Spain as well as working in New York in 1967. While American artists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Frank Stella were admitted influences on his work these abstract artists were influencing a predominantly figurative painter. People, animals and landscapes are the subject matter of his paintings.

 

The Shroud paintings, a series responding to Northern Ireland’s sectarian destruction and killings, are possibly his most emotive work.

The paintings in this exhibition are the results of Neil’s shift in about 1994, to abstract art. They cover the years 1995 to 2002. A limited colour palette of blues and greens is given individual impetus through shaped and padded canvasses.

…I’ve always loved abstract art despite being a figurative painter for most of my career. Now, with these new shaped pieces I am breaking new ground and nudging into a formalist area which I find highly exciting. They have materialised over the last few years due to an increase in confidence, knowing and maturity and there is the possibility that I am making the paintings I have always dreamed about.

 

Neil Dallas Brown

In collaboration with the Neil Dallas Brown Trust and Fife Council Cultural Partnership

David McClure

RSA RSW (1926 -1998)

Paola McClure

Calum McClure

 

David graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in the early 1950s where his contemporaries included Blackadder, Houston and Michie. His early career saw significant periods working in Spain, Italy, Sicily and Norway and his art was further enriched by his regard for the French Post-Impressionists. Informed by an intellectual rigour and reference to the wider history of art, literature and music, it is celebratory of life and nature and of the art of picture making.

Calum graduated in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. His work explores the complexity of seemingly simple images taken from nature, often a nature fashioned by man, contemporary dialogues between image and the textural, gestural qualities of paint and the painting process. Recent work takes inspiration from film stills and his own photographs. Themes of the Nocturne and Botanic Gardens explore light, water and its reflective qualities.

Paola graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee in 1980. Although trained as an illustrator and printmaker she soon turned to experimenting with the use of textiles and working in three dimensions. She has continued developing these techniques to create bold, expressive figures that began as symbolic representations of the female form but have gradually morphed into androgynous alien beings. Her work owes as much to kitsch ephemera and pop art as it does to religious iconography and primitive cultures. The potency of dolls whether as playthings or totemic charms is a current in the work as is the ability of the imagination to invest such figures with their own personalities and projected powers.

Poppy Cyster

 

Born in Fife, Poppy is a predominantly abstract artist and many of her paintings hover between abstract compositions of line and colour and representations of nature itself. A wide range of subject matter informs her work, from aerial perspectives of the Scottish landscape to the vibrant and ever-changing inspirations she gathers on her extensive travels.

 

She originally studied Fine Art at De Montfort from where she graduated with a sell-out degree show and was awarded the Leicestershire Artworks collection prize. A decade on, Poppy is painting full time and her work is exhibited widely in the UK and held in private collections from Japan and Australia to India and the US.

Derek Robertson BA RSW SSA SAA

 

An exhibition of the artist's wildlife and landscape paintings inspired by the Scottish coast

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist, Derek Robertson, will be showing paintings from his travels around the Scottish coast and especially studies from his home county of Fife where he was Artist in Residence at Tentsmuir National Nature reserve in 2013.

Well-known for his books and appearances in press and radio as well as presenter of a number of TV programs, Derek will also be using the gallery as a working studio where you can see his sketches, studies and work in progress.

 

His studies of landscape and wildlife are incorporated into collaborations by writers, poets, scientists and storytellers, among others. Come and see how these fascinating projects have developed.

 Hire our space

 Refurbishment has resulted in two linked large rooms and one small studio, providing a flexible meeting / group / workshop / studio / and office space with disabled access throughout. The premises are available for hire on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.

 

For further details please contact us. You can also download a pdf of the Art@47 space with photographs of a past exhibition to give you a better idea of what's available.

Back room looking to front of space

Derek Robertson