Fife photographers in focus – in Poland

The gallery in Gliwice where the Kirkcaldy photographers' work will be shown
The gallery in Gliwice where the Kirkcaldy photographers' work will be shown

FIVE Fife photographers are moving out from behind the lens to put their work in the spotlight at an exhibition in Poland.

The group, all members of Kirkcaldy Photographic Society, will fly out on Sunday to prepare for a huge three week festival of the arts and music.

And their work will take pride of place at the main art gallery in Gliwice for the sixth annual Art Night - a 24-hour exhibition which takes place in around 40 venues around the city.

Ron Russell, president of the group, along with members Martin Watt, Grant Morris, Wanda Mackie and Roy Balfour, will be accompanied by Katarzyna Jajszczok, the former curator of the gallery, who now lives with her partner in Kirkcaldy.

Kate, as she is known locally, has already staged a number of small exhibitions in the Cuppa Coffee shop in Kirkcaldy High Street, bringing the work of several Polish as well as Fife artists and photographers to a local audience.

She explained: “When I came to Kirkcaldy and decided I wanted to bring more art to the community.

‘‘I contacted lots of local groups to make contacts and let them know about my plans, and Kirkcaldy Photographic Society was one of the first to get in touch, and invite me along.

“I was amazed at the work, some of which was on display in Kirkcaldy recently, so when I asked my former colleagues if it would be possible to bring some of the Kirkcaldy exhibits across and they said yes, I thought it would be a nice way to say thanks to the society for its help.

“I am very excited about the show which will feature around 40 works on various subjects from about 12 members of the group, as well as a seperate display of sporting images, mainly by Ron at another venue.

“I am sure the people of Poland will love the photographs, which include several from Highland Games events.”

Ron (65), added: “I’m looking forward to going to Poland. It will be the first time my work has been shown abroad.”