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Digital Summer School 2021

Fife Contemporary has run annual Summer Schools for senior Fife art & design pupils since 2012. Sadly we missed last year due to Covid-19 and were determined to offer something this year. Our solution, as with so many things at the moment, is to go digital.

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham drawing on a Fife beach, 1982

This year’s Summer School, as in previous years, has been generously supported by the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust.

We’re most grateful to them for this, and for maintaining the important link these Summer Schools have to one of Fife’s foremost artists.

Filling a pack with linocut workshop materials for the 2021 Digital Summer School

With 3 artist-made films as a starting point, 12 Fife secondary schools are receiving boxes of materials with which to get creating.

Printmaker Ade Adesina, artist jeweller Stefanie Cheong, and GSA graduate from 2020, Michelle Currie, provide the inspiration.

Taking part this year are:

  • Waid Academy, Anstruther
  • Glenwood High School, Glenrothes
  • Woodmill High School, Dunfermline
  • Madras College, St Andrews
  • Viewforth High School, Kirkcaldy
  • Auchmuty High School, Glenrothes
  • St Columba’s High School, Dunfermline
  • Levenmouth Academy, Buckhaven
  • Glenrothes High School
  • Bell Baxter High School, Cupar
  • Dunfermline High School
  • Lochgelly High School

Teachers can decide whether to run the workshops within school, or give the packs to pupils for home use. As flexibility is key, we’re also running this until the end of September – quite a change from the 2 or 3 days in June of previous years!

For the first time, we plan to host an online exhibition of the work produced during this year’s Digital Summer School on our microsite. We look forward to sharing the wonderful things we know Fife’s young creative people can make this autumn.

But meanwhile, here’s a short ‘behind the scenes’ film of how 40 of the 100 boxes of materials were put together…!

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