Let’s make Kirkcaldy creative all year round

Some of the retailers and market staff involved in the Arts Hub by the Sea
Some of the retailers and market staff involved in the Arts Hub by the Sea

The doors may have closed on Kirkcaldy’s Arts Hub by the Sea after hosting three months of creativity on the Esplanade, but those behind it have more ideas for the future.

Children and adults from all around Fife attended the 35 creative events, which included everything from puppet making to creative writing sessions.

The highlight was Kirkcaldy’s Creative Christmas Market, providing 30 local creative makers and sellers the opportunity to reach the seasonal shopping market and supporting many of the sellers in taking the next step in developing their creative businesses.

Over six weeks the Christmas market saw over 1500 visitors, who came to look at the products, take part in workshops and enjoy a drink and cake in the cafe.

Janet Robertson, creative director of ON Creative, the team behind The Arts Hub by the Sea and the continuing Arts Hub in The Postings, told the Press: “Visitor feedback revealed that this mixed-purpose space worked well, people would like more chance to buy local crafts in Kirkcaldy, and enthusiasm is particularly high to fill empty spaces in and around the High Street.”

She also revealed that plans are afoot for future projects: “The team are now working on a new project which will showcase and sell local products, and bring more colour to our town centre.”

Janet added following on from the success of the creative market, a number of the sellers are preparing to take the next step in their business.

Linda Blance from ‘Painted, Potty and Glazed’ used the opportunity to showcase her acrylic paintings, as she takes the journey from having creative hobbies towards focusing on her creative making.

Jenna Graham is similarly working towards focusing on her business, Paper Planes Design, full time.

And furniture restoration company, Love Restored, whose chairs, tables and dressers filled a large corner of the market will shortly be opening their own shop in Kirkcaldy.