Organisers delighted by response to Cupar Arts Festival

Cupar Arts
Cupar Arts

THE curtain came down on another successful Cupar Arts Festival on Tuesday after 10 days of exhibitions, music, events and workshops.

Visitor numbers were high throughout the festival, highlights of which included a live drawing event by acclaimed artist Kate Downie, a gig from Mercury-nominated singer/songwriter King Creosote, and last Saturday’s Archive Trails event at a packed Castlehill Hall.

Other popular artworks included Joanna Foster’s installation at Cupar railway station and Volker Rosenberg’s painted car, kindly donated by Walker Citroen.

Gayle Nelson, chairman of Cupar Arts, said: “It has become a familiar sight recently to see people traversing the town holding our trademark red and white programmes, which was great to see.

“The festival has enjoyed a higher profile this year due to strong marketing and also an ongoing presence in the town.

“The visitor numbers at the exhibition venues have been really high, with people coming to Cupar from all over Scotland and farther afield, and events have been well attended.

“We are delighted with the way everything has gone and the great response we have had to the event.”

Cupar Arts Festival received funding this year from the National Lottery, Leader in Fife and Fife Council, among others.


The festival’s workshop programme was very well attended and featured classes in printmaking, plaster casting, drawing and creative writing.

Gayle said: “The festival has shown that there is a strong interest in workshop provision within the community.

“There are currently very few classes locally which offer ceative activities for children and adults, and Cupar Arts hopes now to be able to put together a programme of workshops based on the interest generated by the festival which can run throughout the year.”

Gayle added: “We were very fortunate this year in the local support we received in order to allow us to access several great venues, including the old St Columba’s School building on Millgate, the Warehouse on Kirk Wynd, Cupar YMCA, the garage opposite Haugh Park, and the silo out on the trading estate, not to mention all the public sites around the town which were used.”

Cupar Arts will now evaluate this year’s event and decide whether the festival should become annual or biennial.

Visit the Cupar Arts website at to find out more in the coming months and for details of further events and workshops.