Beehive helps budding artists thrive

Fall for the Arts exhibition 2013
Fall for the Arts exhibition 2013

A community arts organisation has set up a competition for artists of the future in Levenmouth.

Buckhaven Beehive, which looks to make the arts accessible to all in the community, is running the competition for all fourth, fifth and sixth year pupils from both Kirkland and Buckhaven High Schools.

It will be open to all pupils, not only those studying art, and the winner will not only receive art materials to help them to flourish in their artistic careers, but the Beehive will also buy their artwork from them for £100, and provide a workshop in framing the artwork with John Nicholson.

There will also be two runners up who will receive art materials, and all of the entries will be displayed at the Beehive’s annual arts exhibition, Fall for the Arts, which takes place across the first weekend in September.

The competition was made possible thanks to a £200 donation from the Rotary Club of Leven.

Blair Denwette from the Beehive said: “The whole ethos of the Beehive is engaging people who don’t see themselves as artists. The kids need the opportunity to get out there and look at the marketing of art and how they can engage with the community as 
artists. If they are looking to go from school to university, what is it they need to be doing.”

Karen Purves, a local artist based in West Wemyss who is heavily involved with the Beehive, said a competition like this is a great opportunity for up and coming artists.

“This will be really helpful to any aspiring artists and if there had been anything available like that when I was at school I would have jumped at the chance.

“Getting your work framed is expensive, and they don’t teach anything to do with that, so it will help them to one step ahead of other people.”

The artwork can be submitted in any medium that the pupil decides, from watercolours to charcoal, acrylics or photography, however it must be on the topic of ‘Being Me’ and cannot be bigger than 24x24. “It’s about who they are, what they see themselves as and expressing that through the art,” said Blair. Those who want to take part must register their interest at by May 2 and the closing date for entries is June 20, with forms at both school art departments.