Fife Contemporary – Covid-19 Update

It’s hard to believe in some ways that we’re now into our 7th month since lockdown began in late March. The stockpiling of toilet rolls, tins of tomatoes and pasta has eased as most of us have got used to a different rhythm to life and we truly hope it’s not about to start again.

Fife Contemporary has been more fortunate than venue-based arts’ organisations who rely heavily on ticket income to keep all the wheels turning. However, we have had a major exhibition (Lines from Scotland) stuck in limbo – it was only open to the public for a matter of days before lockdown began. We’ve also had to cancel various public events, which is of course a great shame.

But we’ve found other ways to keep busy…

Online content – it’s virtually the way to go

If you follow our social media or receive our mailings, you’ll hopefully have noticed that we’ve been adding much more content to our website. Here’s what’s new so far:

  • Lines from Scotland Online – INSIGHTS 1-10 (featuring some of the participating artists & curator Amanda Game) available now and several more to look forward to!
  • 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 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.
Fife Portraits for LGBT+ History Month 2019

Fife Portraits for LGBT+ History Month 2019

There is more coming shortly to this web space, including the next in our series of Materialise exhibitions, supporting recent craft & design graduates/new makers.

And there’s more!

If you receive our newsflash, you may have noticed a change of content and style. This was partly in the pipeline anyway as our Artist Development Officer Stefanie Cheong took over the reins from me on 1 April. But with supporting artists still at the forefront of what we do, lockdown meant it was important to focus on how artists are surviving – see her new Artist Stories’ series.

Ceramics by Jill Skulina

Ceramics by Jill Skulina, Artist Stories No 4

Our blog now a variety of posts from Diana and Susan and more On This Day content from Arlene.

Looking forward

We are continuing to plan with our partners and are delighted (relieved?) that Lines from Scotland re-opened safely at DCL&G in Dunfermline in mid-August. In addition, we’re looking at blending virtual experiences with real ones, and how we can continue to reach audiences with Craft Pods’ exhibitions.

Craft Pods with Derek Hood book bindings at Inverkeithing Library

Craft Pods with Derek Hood book bindings at Inverkeithing Library, summer 2019

Craft Pods with Derek Hood book bindings at Inverkeithing Library, summer 2019

Join us for a celebration of Black History Month on 29 October on Zoom.

Meanwhile, keep safe and well, and please get in touch with us by email or social media as we continue to work from home.

The Fife Contemporary Team