A celebration of the visual arts taking place in galleries, homes, studios and other venues throughout Pittenweem
Pittenweem Arts Festival welcomes all professional visual artists: there is no selection process. The main thing is that you must find a venue first and these are few and far between, as the festival has grown over the years. The festival does not have venues to allocate. Historically, these are private arrangements between artists and venue owners and owners do not always contact us if they have space to offer.
If you have any contacts in the village, 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.
Read the Exhibiting Artist Registration form (see download), then complete it and post it to the address on the form along with your cheque. The form can be completed on your computer.
Also, send images of high definition (large file size) to the email address given on the form.
You will get an email acknowledgment of your form and your images when they are received.
Closing date for applications: March 15th 2019
The Festival awards a bursary each year, with 2019 being the twelfth year. The award allows a beginning artist to exhibit to an audience far in excess of the number who would visit an art gallery exhibition.
As we encourage the winner to be present during the Festival the award-winner also has the opportunity to meet buyers and establish contacts.
Further details of the award and eligibility are contained in the bursary award form. The form can be completed on your computer.
Closing date for applications: March 15th 2019
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.
Submission dates for artwork, along with form are:
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019
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.
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.
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.
Festival Shuttle Bus: Park & ride with the Festival Shuttle Bus
Please do not take your car into the village.
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 £2 on leaving helps to offset our costs of providing this secure, central facility.
There is no parking at the harbour for festival visitors.
Coaches should follow the AA signs to the West Braes coach park & toilet facilities.
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. The road linking High Street and University Avenue is closed to traffic.
Artists may deliver and collect work at their venues but must return their cars to the car park even if they are in village accommodation for the 9 days.
Disabled parking and toilet facilities are available at Charles Street car park; there is a cafe nearby. There are further toilets at West Braes coach park and at the harbour.
The bus loops hourly from Charles Street car park to Ovenstone 109 then along the High Street down to the harbour and Shore, returning to the Charles Street car-park.
The driver will stop or pick up on request and help with non-motorised wheel chairs and buggies. While the bus service is free, donating on the bus is appreciated.
Saturday August 3rd to Sunday August 11th
Please observe all signs; police and traffic wardens will be on hand to assist
• Useful contacts:
Traveline: 0870 6082608
Scotrail: 01592 642394
Stagecoach: 0845 7484 950
Q: What are the dates of the 2020 Festival?
A: The Festival begins each year, on the first Saturday in August, with the Preview Evening on the Friday, the day before; August 1st to 9th 2020.
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.