Fife artists go online after festival cancelled

Artists throughout north east Fife are being forced to be creative this weekend after the cancellation of one the area’s biggest art festivals.
Derek Robertson is one of the artists taking part.Derek Robertson is one of the artists taking part.
Derek Robertson is one of the artists taking part.

North Fife Open Studios was due to kick-off today (Friday) with artists opening their doors to the public over the weekend, giving people the chance to step inside their studios and see how the work is created.

However, like many events, the festival has been cancelled. In response, some artists are now taking their work online.

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Derek Robertson, one of the artists taking part, said: “The event is a highlight of the year for many thousands of visitors who enjoy touring the studios and speaking to the artists and makers.

“This year, all the artists are hit hard by closure of all their galleries and events, and many regular customers have been in touch to ask how they can continue to support Fife’s thriving creative community. Contacting the artists through their websites and social media pages is a great way.”

Balmerino-based Derek, an internationally acclaimed wildlife artist, has filmed a series of virtual tours of his studio exhibition, which can be seen on his website.

Morag Muir, from Newport-on-Tay, is doing a ‘Not The Open Studios’ virtual event over the weekend and inviting people to view her work on her website.

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Andrea McMillan, a textile artist who works from her studio in Auchtermuchty, is promoting a collection of her work this weekend through Facebook and her website.

Meanwhile, Helen Glassford, a painter of expressive landscapes, is hosting a series of online Zoom conferences to show people around her studio. You can contact her to do this through her website too.

Aileen Clarke, who creates fibre art and textile jewellery in Ladybank, is promoting her collection through her social media pages and online Etsy store, while Naoimh O’Shea from Auchtermuchty, is running videos of her work through her Facebook page and showing her pet portraits and animal art on her website.

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