Festival 2021 and Covid: January 19th 2021
The Festival Board is pleased to announce that planning for Pittenweem Arts Festival 2021 has started, in the hope that this much-loved event can go ahead in some form or other.
Everything depends on the status of the virus, the vaccine rollout and government regulations in the months ahead. Plans by artists, visitors and our volunteer team will acknowledge the possibility that cancellation may be required at any point in the coming months.
At present, lockdown continues until the end of January at least. We hope to have a better idea of what’s happening at the end of March. We’ll keep you posted!
Now in its 39th year, Pittenweem Arts Festival continues to delight. With just over 20,00 visitors coming each year to experience the art on display, workshops and events we know that the mix must be just about right.
As it all takes place in such a beautiful village, which is guaranteed splendid weather at Festival time, a visit is definitely rewarding.
There are well over 100 artists, displaying their work throughout the village: mainly in houses but also in garages, halls, sheds and really anywhere that has a place to hang or place artwork.
This is the surprising and endearing feature of the Festival, to come across art presented in a house or in a normally featureless garage Here it is, an array of landscapes, an explosion of colour in textiles, a selection of paintings or a collection of fine-worked jewellery. Because you’re not in a formal gallery, it’s actually easier to appreciate the artist’s work and you’ll have the opportunity to talk with the artist.
Our highly -successful scheme to promote beginning artists and provide them with an unequalled opportunity to exhibit, goes from strength to strength. We provide a venue for the exhibition and a sizeable cash sum to cover all costs.
With this kind of support and the recognition of the award, beginning artists have the opportunity to exhibit their work and because it’s Pittenweem with the large number of visitors, they have a chance to meet with prospective buyers and promote their art.
Boat : Sophie Demery
2019 Bursary Award Winner: Sophie Demery
Early on in the Festival’s development we realised that there were many artists who wished to show at the Festival but couldn’t. Maybe they were without a venue or they did not yet have enough material for a full exhibition.
To allow these artists some exposure, we began the Open Art Exhibition which means artists can submit individual pieces. This helps out and has proved to be a very successful venture.
Invited Artist Calum Colvin’s exhibition 2019
Our yearly invitation to several internationally known and respected artists has resulted in acclaimed and innovatory shows.
Our Invited Artists leave the art circuit to mount and curate the show themselves. They have a free hand to select and display work they have chosen or created specially for Pittenweem.
This results in comments from Graham Rich naming his 2017 show as his best and Glen Onwin in 2018 saying: a fairly complex install as I expected but I have enjoyed it greatly.
This year we are excited to have:
Janette Kerr Angus Ross
Fife Dunfermline Printmakers
These can take a bit longer to get organised but we have a fair number lined up. There’s a summary of what’s taking place on the Events page.
Paul Furneaux (r) 2017 Invited Artist giving a mokuhanga, Japanese printing workshop
Events & Workshops
When you’re in Pittenweem for the Festival, it’s easy to recognise that this is an artistic community.
What is not so easily noticeable is that there are about 30 artists resident in the village. Coupled with this is the very healthy number of galleries, Pittenweem sustains its artistic reputation through the galleries which, after the festival throngs have gone, remain open all year round.