Comments from Laura Simpson, FCA&C Board member

From Laura Simpson:

“These are three high points:

Knowing that through FCA&C’s programme in 2014 internationally acclaimed artists Thomson and Craighead, who are known for their curiosity about the world and its data, met a Fife man called Graham Smith who had recorded time lapse footage of the view from his home in Lochgelly since 2006. The artist duo developed a video work from Graham Smith’s story and footage called Six Years of Mondays (link ) which is now part of Thomson and Craighead’s repertoire of works available to curators who want to make exhibitions with them around the globe. Have a look at this video work on FCA&C’s Vimeo channel.

Just as I started on the voluntary Board of Fife Contemporary Art & Craft in 2010, I saw the exhibition Causing Chaos co-curated with artist Claire Barclay. The exhibition featured high quality craft and sculpture and invited the visitors at St Andrews Museum to “expect the unexpected”, that’s always a good thing for a cultural experience: a catalyst to learn something new and think differently. The exhibition brought to Fife the work of Johannes Nagel and Susanne Petzold from Germany; Hans Stofer from Switzerland; Estela Saez Vilanova from Spain; Shari Pierce from USA; and Claire Barclay, Siobhan Hapaska and Jane Simpson from the UK, a truly international selection on our doorstep. Thanks for giving me that experience FCA&C!

I was really proud to see how Toby Paterson’s exhibition for GENERATION, a nationwide project in 2014 which celebrated the last 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland, stole the show in the first month of the initiative. HIs work was reflecting on the modernist architecture of the Fife new towns of his upbringing. The attention from press was great, you can read what Moira Jeffrey wrote about the show in her 4 star review here:

FCA&C is a small organisation that really knows how to reach out and involve others in their projects. They devised the project with Toby Paterson as part of a group of organisations who work together to make exhibitions which can be toured to all their venues, sharing the opportunity to see the work to communities all over Scotland. FCA&C also worked with students from Fife College to make interpretation for the show, giving those young individuals ownership and insight into the artist’s process.”