Pupils at first summer art school

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BALMUNGO House, near St Andrews, provided the setting for the first summer school to be run jointly by Fife Contemporary Art & Craft and the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Charitable Trust.

As Barns-Graham was a major figure in British art, it seemed appropriate to invite a group of pupils studying art to participate in this two-day event at her former home.

As well as having access to the Barns-Graham study collection within the house - which is usually not open to the public - they had talks from three practising artists who have all been recipients of either a Barns-Graham Charitable Trust scholarship or residency.

They were also given some practical sketching exercises from the artists, and, miraculously, the weather held, enabling these to be held out of doors.

Ten senior pupils from across Fife took part in the event, including pupils from Bell Baxter High School in Cupar and Madras College, St Andrews.

Most are intending to go on to study art in some form at college after the summer.

Supported by the Cookie Matheson Trust, it’s hoped that the summer school will become an annual collaboration between Fife Contemporary Art & Craft and the Barns Graham Charitable Trust.