It’s good to back in the Lang Toun

Art and soul: David with Kate at the art space launch
Art and soul: David with Kate at the art space launch

KIRKCALDY’S newest art project was launched on Friday with an exhibition of photographs by a man born in the Lang Toun.

David McCallum’s work ‘Solitude of Lens’ was the last exhibited at a gallery in Glivice in Poland - and the first to be shown in ‘Part of Art’, a new gallery space in the Cuppa Coffee House in the town’s High Street.

The woman behind both displays is Katarzyna Jajszczok, former curator of the gallery in Poland who recently moved to Kirkcaldy and who is planning on bringing more art to the town.

She came to Fife with her partner Bruce McCallum, son of David, whose exhibition launched the new gallery to a select audience last week.

Fourteen of his photographs, on subjects ranging from fishing harbours to Falkland Palace, were on display to a select audience of family and friends as well as representatives from Kirkcaldy4All which is supporting the project.

Katarzyna, known locally as Kate, was first introduced to David’s work by Bruce, and she was immediately taken by the stunning work and attention to detail in his photographs taken between 1979 and 1997.

David (71), who now lives in the Scottish Borders, was born in Kirkcaldy and attended Kirkcaldy High School before joining the Navy. He later became a maritime surveyor and took up photography as a hobby.

Kate explained: “One day Bruce was looking around my gallery in Glivice and he told me his dad took better pictures than those on display, so when I came across for a visit to Scotland I asked to see them and I realised right away that he was very talented.

“When I wanted to start up an art space in the town it seemed the natural thing to launch with David’s photographs.”

David said: “It was great to come back to Kirkcaldy and meet up with old friends - many of whom I hadn’t seen for years. I have a new camera now and it has rekindled my interest in taking photographs again.”

>> Part Of Art is at Cuppa Coffee, High Street, Kirkcaldy