Artists open up their studios

Co-organiser Blair Derwette with artist  Karen M. Purves.
Co-organiser Blair Derwette with artist Karen M. Purves.

A NEW open studios art initiative, organised by the Buckhaven Beehive, has been officially launched.

Open Studios Central Fife will run from August 11-26, with around 40 artists throwing their doors open, for a limited period of time, to allow the public to take a peek into their world.

Stretching from Kincardine all the way along the coast through Levenmouth and up to Largo, a huge bank of talent will be on show, using a range of different mediums including paintings, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking, to name only a few.

A free programme has been produced, containing biographies of all the different artists, as well as addresses and opening times.

It is available from most public buildings across Fife as well as many businesses, including the Mail’s Mitchell Street reception.

A similar scheme runs in north east Fife and organisers, Linda Judge and Blair Denwette, are excited about how the project will go.

Ms Judge said: “This truly inspiring collection of art works and artists, we are certain, barely touches the surface of who and what is out there, undiscovered and, as yet, barely recognised by the wider community of Fife.

“The main aim of this project is to provide a platform for creative individuals and groups, who each have their own story to tell and their own voice to be heard, using wide ranging and diverse media.”

Mr Denwette said he hopes the relaxed nature of the open studios will encourage people who may not usually attend galleries to go along.

He added: “It is about recognising the existing cultures that are already out there, in our community.

“It is about breaking down the barriers that all too often turn art and culture into something that discriminates against the majority of the population and promotes elitism.”

Meanwhile, over the next six weeks, a summer art school is taking place at the West Wemyss Walk Inn, which will eventually tie in with the Open Studios project at an end-of-term display in the old Gardeners Hall, now the Buckhaven Beehive.

Visiting tutors are currently sharing their expertise on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with those who have signed up and will be selecting some of the best pieces of work to be shown in the display.

For further information on the Central Fife Open Studios, and to view a digital version of the programme, visit its website at http://centralfifeopenstudios.moonfruit.com.