From market town to major arts hub

Children from St Columba's Primary School in Cupar explore the Sun Dome, an installation by artist Mike Inglis, which is situated in Haugh Park
Children from St Columba's Primary School in Cupar explore the Sun Dome, an installation by artist Mike Inglis, which is situated in Haugh Park

Cupar took on an alter ego this week when it was transformed from modest market town to nationally-acclaimed arts hub.

Works by some of the country’s finest contemporary artists popped up in some unexpected places – including the town’s historic closes, the old Sheriff courtroom and even on industrial hoardings.

Cupar Arts Festival, which draws to a close tomorrow (Saturday), has been hailed as the most ambitious yet, attracting Scotland-wide media attention.

One of only a handful of curated arts festivals in Scotland, it featured not just visual art but also an eclectic mix of live music, children’s activities and poetry.

It was held in June this year to incorporate the summer solstice as part of its theme of ‘liminality’ – a precise point where one phase ends and another begins. It also coincided with Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, and attracted funding from Creative Scotland and EventScotland as well as Fife Council.

Access to all events is free of charge and more information can be found at www.cupararts.org.uk.