Forth bridges exhibition comes to Kirkcaldy

SPAN  A Tale of Three Bridges exhibition comes to Kirkcaldy Galleries this weekend following a successful three month run at Deep Sea World. The fascinating exhibition, which opens on Saturday (September 3), celebrates the three great bridges across the Forth estuary.
SPAN  A Tale of Three Bridges exhibition comes to Kirkcaldy Galleries this weekend following a successful three month run at Deep Sea World. The fascinating exhibition, which opens on Saturday (September 3), celebrates the three great bridges across the Forth estuary.

SPAN – A Tale of Three Bridges exhibition comes to Kirkcaldy Galleries this weekend following a successful three month run at Deep Sea World.

The fascinating exhibition, which opens on Saturday, celebrates the three great bridges across the Forth estuary.

The Forth Rail Bridge and Road Bridge were engineering marvels of their age, and with the Queensferry Crossing nearing completion it is the perfect time to explore their stories in a two part exhibition at the Galleries.

The first part of the show features a range of amazing historic images of the bridges. Learn about the brave and ingenious Victorian briggers who built the Rail Bridge, and the ‘spider-men’ who scaled the dizzying heights of the Road Bridge.

There is plenty of interactive fun with giant snakes and ladders, dressing up costume and bridge building activities – so any budding young engineers can try their hand at creating their own engineering masterpiece!

The bridges have also inspired artists, and a second part of the display features the stunning work of artist Kate Downie RSA.

Based in Scotland, Kate Downie has exhibited her work extensively in the UK and internationally, and her fascination with Firth of Forth coastline and crossings has seen her create some truly memorable images of all three bridges.

The work on show dates from 1999 right up to the present day, and feature a range of original drawings and prints, including works recently completed of the Queensferry Crossing.

Gavin Grant, collections and exhibitions team leader of Fife Cultural Trust said: “We hope that the exhibition will appeal to visitors of ages and are delighted to be able to exhibit some of Kate’s artworks which are a fantastic visual record and interpretation of these world famous structures.”

SPAN is the major winter exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries, and runs until 26 February 2017. For further details and opening hours please visit www.onfife.com