It’s now about a year since Covid-19 struck the world’s consciousness. In that time there has been much change, much sadness, and in the arts (as with most things), a sudden move from the physical to the virtual in terms of activity.
Like our fellow organisations, Fife Contemporary has had to ‘pivot’ in order to continue delivering our programme. Conversations, discussions and meetings all take place within the confines of a computer’s rectangle.
We were delighted that our exhibition Lines from Scotland was able to reopen at DCL&G last year, albeit months later than planned. Its closure spurred us on to create a series of INSIGHTS, with help from the exhibition’s curator and some of the participating artists, which gave personal views of some of the themes and artworks within the show. These remain as a tangible legacy. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, it’s clear that there will not be an immediate return to ‘normal’ in early 2021.
A taste of our online content so far
- Lines from Scotland Online – INSIGHTS 1-10.
- Care Making for Good – an online exhibition to celebrate the first Phase of our project with Fife carers.
- Fife Portraits for LGBT+ History Month 2019 – to mark Fife Pride 2020 which was to have taken place on 4 July, we published this online exhibition of photographic portraits made last year by 2 LGBT+ youth groups in Fife.
- 100 Buttercups Education Pack – inspired by Laurie Clark’s beautifully drawn flower portraits & featured as part of Engage’s Children’s Art Week 2020.
- Materialise 3 – an online exhibition of selected 2019 craft & design graduates & new makers.
Frances Priest Patterns of Flora, Raasay House: commission by ATLAS Arts – featured in ‘Lines from Scotland’
(Photography Ruth Clark)
We are currently working on an exhibition which looks at the Circular Economy – REsolve: a Creative Approach to the Circular Economy. It was due to open at Kirkcaldy Galleries in mid-March 2021, but has had to be postponed until 2022. Meanwhile, in the current uncertain climate, we will be working on online material to accompany it.
Sarah Calmus, one of REsolve’s participating artists
(Photo Sandra Franco)
Our usual StAnza Poetry Festival collaboration will take place this year online, and with the climate emergency very much at the forefront, will be linked to the REsolve project (and titled Resolve to Make it New), looking at how the Covid crisis make many of us rethink our lives and try to ‘make do and mend’ – literally. There will be information available very soon about how you can take part in this project.
We continue to offer artist support including another fast-approaching VACMA deadline (2 Feb 2021, 5pm). This time we are pairing Fife with Perth & Kinross – and again with a virtual panel. Artists from these 2 regions interested in applying for a VACMA bursary can find all the information and downloadable forms on our website.
With the new vaccines now being given, we are hopeful that another, more positive, change is on the horizon. We hope that this will enable more face to face arts activity, albeit with masks, in the not too distant future and look forward immensely to that time.
Our Virtual Venue website will continue to keep you up to date with what we’re doing!