THE brand new Kirkcaldy Galleries will open its doors next weekend with an exciting programme of events and activities to celebrate the occasion.
After extensive refurbishment, Kirkcaldy Galleries - which combines the central library, museum, art gallery and visitor information centre -is set to become a renewed landmark for the town and surrounding areas when it re-opens next Saturday.
After a £2.5m Fife Council funded project to upgrade and modernise the building, the new look gallery and museum will house an array of art, artefacts and objects from Fife’s collection, including a programme of exhibitions as well as ‘Moments In Time’ - a permanent display which celebrates landmarks in the town’s history.
No fewer than 24 moments - from 300 million years ago to 2012 - have been selected to showcase the diversity of Kirkcaldy’s past and present.
From the creation of Fife’s coal bed, to Wemyss Ware pottery and the last fatal duel in Scotland, the Lang Toun has seen it all ,including a visit from the Beatles in 1963 and Raith Rovers’ famous Coca Cola Cup win in 1994.
The first exhibition to be housed in the new gallery space - which can now host world class collections - will be the People’s Pick, a selection of artworks chosen by the public after a major vote which included the readers of the Fife Free Press.
It will feature work by LS Lowry, Joan Eardley and many more.
Stuart Cross, chairman of Fife Cultural Trust Board, said: “The grand opening week will be a chance for the public to visit the Kirkcaldy Galleries for the very first time.
‘‘We are hosting a variety of entertaining, exciting and informative events, all geared towards celebrating Kirkcaldy’s new galleries, and all they have to offer.
“Highlights include talks from best selling authors, children’s events, history coming alive with Adam Smith and other prominent figures around the town, as well as tours of the exhibits - and most of it is free to attend.”
He added: “This really is a special moment for Kirkcaldy and we hope the whole of Fife will embrace and enjoy it.”
The venue will also see the return of the local library, an activity room, local and family history room, VisitScotland Information Centre, as well as a café and gift shop.