The Festival’s gallery
47 High Street
In spite of the Festival’s 2021 cancellation it’s been an interesting Pittenweem summer. From June 25 to Monday August 30, the Festival's gallery ART@47 brought a taste of the Festival to the High Street with five exhibitions called A Summer Series.
31 artists and makers were invited to take part and over the series we had 3,000 visitors . Even with Covid precautions in place, there was an enthusiastic response to the project and sales of artwork were excellent. For the exhibiting artists it was a pleasure to show their work again after two hard years. Our annual event was sorely missed by both the public and artists and a 2022 festival will see their return.
If all goes to plan Festival 2022 will be held August 6 to 13. We look forward to that.
About the Festival
Now in its 39th year, Pittenweem Arts Festival continues to delight. With just over 20,000 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.
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.
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
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: my best and Glen Onwin in 2018 saying: a fairly complex install as I expected but I have enjoyed it greatly.
Invited Artist Calum Colvin’s exhibition 2019
Paul Furneaux (r) 2017 Invited Artist giving a mokuhanga, Japanese printing workshop
Events & Workshops
These can take a bit longer to get organised but we have a fair number lined up. each year.
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.
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