Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife is home to around 30 artists and craft designers. The Festival was begun in 1982 by several resident artists. Each August since then, the Festival has grown to include 130 or more artists and makers from all over Britain who exhibit in houses, studios, galleries and public spaces throughout the village.
To view art in these surroundings makes a refreshing comparison to the constraints of conventional galleries.
VisitScotland chose Pittenweem Arts Festival to feature in their TV commercial for the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, a clear example of the appeal of Pittenweem. (Helen Denerley’s Iguana featured in this). In bringing international art and artists to this rural, seaside village, we hope to inspire and surprise you.
This area of Fife’s coast line is renowned as a painters’ paradise, with the wide vista of sea and sky contrasting with the close-knit cottages and steep stone wynds going down to the harbour. It’s a beautiful area to explore with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Over nine days, we offer our 25, 000 visitors a wide variety of exhibitions, workshops, talks, children’s events and evening performances, all related to the arts. Come and meet the artists, listen to free talks or just stroll around the streets and wynds and pop in to any venue that takes your fancy. Our stewarded car park makes parking easy and the colourful festival brochure is your complete guide and magazine for planning your festival visit.
Running the Festival
Chair: Jean Duncan
Treasurer: Fiona Cathcart
Company Secretary: Kerr Cowan
Board Members: Barbara Fleming; Susan Winton; Simon Learoyd (Infrastructure)
Associates: Robert Mach (Infrastructure); Bradley Bailey (Design; Brochure; Website)
The Board is indebted to many individuals who give time and expertise to ensure that there is a festival. The enthusiasm of artists and visitors creates a unique atmosphere and we thank them all for their support. The advertisers in the brochure have supported us generously as have individuals through personal donations.
We also express our gratitude to Fife Council for the considerable assistance and support given by its officials and councillors at our regular liaison meetings. The advice and help of the Harbour Masters and the office of the Fishermen's Mutual Association is invaluable in managing a busy harbour area. Coordination of these various bodies is the job of our Infrastructure Manager James Ursell and his team who deal with everything from car-parking to toilets; they also deal with people.
Thanks to Pittenweem Parish Church, the Episcopal Church, Christ the King Catholic Church and Coastline Community Church for the use of their premises for events and artists' venues in support of the Festival.
And most importantly, we thank the residents and businesses of Pittenweem who not only provide the volunteer help needed but give behind-the-scenes support in a myriad of ways. The tolerance and patience shown when your village is turned into a festival cannot be underestimated.