Creative whaling arts and crafts workshops

Scottish Fisheries Museum'Anstruther'East Neuk
Scottish Fisheries Museum'Anstruther'East Neuk

Two free creative whaling arts and crafts workshops are taking place at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther next month as part of a special exhibition.

St Andrews University Special Collections has put on an exhibition, ‘Poles Apart: Changing attitudes to whaling in the 20th century’, based on archival documents and objects borrowed from museums as far away as South Georgia in the Antarctic.

It tells the story of the exploitation of whales from the Dundee Arctic whaling industry to the huge factory ships used in the Antarctic.

It charts the change in attitudes to whales, seen initially as a commodity to be used for oil and meat, to a concern to protect these wonderful creatures from extinction.

Two free creative workshops for adults are being held as part of the display. The first is a creative writing workshop with Jen Rinterknecht which takes place this Saturday, from 11.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m.

Through pictures, sounds, and words the workshop will explore the fascination with whales as well as look at how people across the world have feared, revered and exploited whales through time.

While a portrait workshop with Judith Heald is taking place on May 10 from 11.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m.

Participants can create a portrait in pastels or charcoal from old photographs of the whaling men. They can try out pastel techniques, look at light and shade, and listen to the stories of the whaling days and music while we draw the portraits. All materials are provided.

The exhibition is on at the Scottish Fisheries Museum until May 31.

For more information about the exhibition or the workshops, contact or 01333 310628 to reserve a place.