Artwork stolen on eve of show at Kirkcaldy galleries

Art student James Dorward

Art student James Dorward

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An art student has lost a year’s worth of work when thieves stole his painting just before an exhibition launch in Kirkcaldy.

James Dorward (32), from Kinghorn, had summitted a painting to join several others to be displayed outside the Kirkcaldy Galleries.

The collection came as the venue was preparing to show artwork by American photographer Diane Arbus as part of a national tour running until May.

Fife College art students had joined up with the galleries for the ARTIST ROOMS exhibition.

A double-sided piece by James was selected to be display at the entrance to the galleries.

However, the large four feet-square artwork was taken late on either Thursday evening or in the early hours of Friday morning before guests arrived for the opening of the new photography exhibition.

College lecturer Hazel Terry was surprised to hear of the theft.

She said: “We did not think they would be stolen as they are very large and heavy and cable-tied to railings in an area with CCTV.

“James is very philosophical about it and has taken it as a compliment.

“It is a great shame that he has lost a lot of work that took a great deal of time and effort,” Hazel added.

Police Scotland has confirmed an incident had been reported which was now under investigation.