Pittenweem Arts Festival


Festival 2023 August 5 - 12

Register as an Artist

Pittenweem Arts Festival welcomes all professional artists: there is no selection process but artists must first find and confirm a venue in the village before registering to take part. The festival does not have venues to allocate. As the Festival has grown over the years Pittenweem now hosts over 100 venues. Historically, these are private arrangements between artists and venue owners and owners do not always inform us if they have space to offer.

If you have any contacts in the village, or with exhibiting artists then that would be your first move. Visiting the Festival the year before you wish to exhibit can be useful for making enquiries of other artists.

Please read the Exhibiting Artist Registration form (see download below), then complete it on-line or print off and follow instructions.  The registration fee may be paid by BACs or sent with the form.

For inclusion on the festival website and brochure, images must be of high definition (large file size).  Please email those to the address given on the form. You will receive  an acknowledgment email when form, fee and images are received. The deadline for inclusion in the Festival is March 15.

Should Covid 19 restrictions be required during the Festival, we will inform you of those. Artists will be expected to conform to the Festival's conditions of exhibiting to safeguard the public and themselves.

Download Artist Registration Form

Pittenweem Arts Festival’s Henderson Bursary Award

Sophia Pauley 2018

Each year Pittenweem Arts Festival awards a Bursary to a recently graduated artist in any medium to help then establish their career in the arts. 2023 will be the 16th year of the awards. As from 2022, the award has been known as the Henderson Award in acknowledgment of long-term funding from David and Sheila Henderson.

The bursary enables an artist to exhibit their work to a potential audience of 20,000 visitors. As the artist will be present during the event, contacts with buyers, galleries and other artists can be established. 

A central venue is provided and accommodation where required. Full details of the award and eligibility are in the on-line application form. The deadline for submission is March 15.

The Open Art Exhibition

The Open Art Exhibition, as its name indicates, is open to all artists. It is expected that work will be of a reasonable standard and presented in an acceptable condition.

Please read the Open Art Exhibition form for further information. Print off your form when completed and bring it along with your chosen works and cash payment.

The form to download will be available early in 2024.


Yes, the festival does indeed depend upon volunteer help in all sorts of ways and not just during the festival. Year-round there is a variety of administrative and practical tasks that needs done: letter delivery round the village; painting stands; selling brochures and preparing venues for artists and events are examples.

If you would like to be involved in any way with our friendly helpers please contact us for details.

Support the Festival

Many people who enjoy visiting the Festival would wish to make a contribution towards what we have achieved and secure our future.

This can be done by volunteering, making a donation or becoming a member of the Pittenweem Arts Festival. (You can do all three if you wish).

To become a member please fill in the form and return it to the Festival Office along with £1.

An edited extract of the company's memorandum and articles of association explaining the main points relating to membership can be downloaded. If you require a copy of the full document, please contact us.

Getting to the Festival & Parking Arrangements

The route to the Festival is AA signposted.

The marker shows Charles Street in Pittenweem and the green area just off it which is our Festival car park.

If you are travelling from the North on the B9131, turn right at Spalefield to avoid travelling through Anstruther and the centre of Pittenweem. This route is AA signposted.

Pittenweem is a small village and it is essential that visitors observe all road traffic signs to ensure the Festival is enjoyable for all.


Please do not take your car into the village: there is no available  parking.

The designated car park is located off the A917 and is clearly indicated by yellow AA signs. Cars should follow these to the Charles Street car park where our stewards will help you. A suggested donation of £3  helps to offset our costs of providing this secure, central facility.

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking and toilet facilities are available at Charles Street car park; there is a cafe nearby. Toilet facilities and designated parking are available next to the shuttle bus stance. The shuttle bus driver is happy to take folding wheel chairs and buggies. 

Disabled parking is extremely limited in the harbour area. We advise using the car park.

Coaches and Campervans

Follow the AA signs to the Waid Community Campus in Anstruther. Coaches should drop off passengers at the public bus stance in Milton Place Pittenweem.

Resident and Business Traffic Access

The road to the harbour is closed to traffic except for residents and business access. There is no parking at the harbour for festival visitors. 

Visiting Artists

Artists may deliver and collect work at their venues but must return their cars to their designated car park. 

Festival Shuttle Bus: Park & ride with the Festival Shuttle Bus

Saturday August 5th to Saturday August 12th

The bus loops from Charles Street car park along the High Street down to the harbour and Shore, returning to the Charles Street car-park via James Street.

The driver will stop or pick up on request where traffic allows and help with non-motorised wheel chairs and buggies. While the bus service is free, a small donation on the bus is appreciated.

Useful contacts:  





Q: What are the dates of the 2024 Festival?

A: The 2024 Festival  takes place from Saturday August 3rd - Saturday August 10th.

Q: What time do the exhibitions open?

A: Most artists are displaying their work between 10.00am and 5.00pm; some stay open a little later.

Q: Where is the map?

A: The map, along with artists' venue numbers, is contained in the brochure, which you can buy for £3.00 on arrival. Brochure sales and advertising help pay to put on the Festival and the brochure is an easy reference when you're walking around.

Q: What is your privacy and cookies policy?

The Arts Festival is compliant with GDPR regulations. 

Please click here to be taken to our detailed privacy and cookies policy.

Q: How do I make a complaint?

It sometimes happens that people are dissatisfied with some aspect of the Festival. If so, please get in touch with us using the Contact Form below. You can also phone or write: these contact details are at the bottom of this web page.

Please click here for further details of our Complaints Procedure

Contact Us

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The Royal Burgh of Pittenweem Arts Festival

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Company number SC 233084

Charity number SCO 24165

47 High Street Pittenweem Fife KY10 2PG


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