New Project Explores Craft Within Fife’s Farming Landscape
Fife Contemporary is pleased to unveil its latest project, In Time, In Land, which will be sited at the Silo on Cupar Trading Estate from 25 September to 8 October 2017.
Taking inspiration from Scotland’s Themed Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, the project will look at three inland crafts through the eyes of contemporary craft artists from Fife and beyond who are re-inventing methods of design and production.
Fife Folk Museum in nearby Ceres features traditional and historical crafts associated with a rural environment and provided the source for the choice of crafts to be included in the project.
Work by the selected artists – John Creed (blacksmith), Chalk (plasterwork) and Julia Complin (weaving) – will be exhibited in a shipping container brought for the event next to Cupar’s iconic agricultural silo which is now run as an arts venue by Silo Projects.
The show will be open to the public over two weekends, 30 September & 1 October and 7 & 8 October, 11am-4pm each day. The weekend events will include demonstrations and opportunities to try your hand at making, with the second weekend tying into Fun Palaces*, a UK-wide family event which celebrates the relationship between art and science. More information on these events is available below, and on social media Facebook (/fifecontemp), Twitter (@fifecontemp), Instagram (@fifecontemp).
During the week craft artists will also work with local schools, Stratheden Hospital and volunteers at Fife Folk Museum to introduce local people to the knowledge and skills of their craft.
Diana Sykes, Director of Fife Contemporary, said, “Fife is fortunate in having such a rich historical and natural environment. We hope this project will provide a different way of appreciating both through the lens of craft.”
Sat 30 Sept, 11am-4pm
CHALK plaster-casting drop-in workshop.
Sun 1 Oct, 11am-4pm
Try your hand at weaving on Julia Complin’s tabletop loom. Sound piece by Carolyn Scott & Andy Sim in Silo.
Sat 7 Oct, 11am-4pm
Experience amazing sounds with metalworker & blacksmith John Creed in the Silo; performances at 11.30am & 2pm.
(FREE BUT PLACES LIMITED TO 12 – ADVANCE BOOK ON 01334-474610 BY FRI 6 OCT, 5pm, TO BE SURE OF A PLACE)
Sun 8 Oct, 11am-4pm
Heritage-focus day – informal talks from Steven Blench of CHALK; photos of the Silo in collaboration with Cupar Heritage, University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections, DC Thomson & Co Ltd; sound piece by Carolyn Scott & Andy Sim; artefacts & spinning workshop with Jan Hendry, organised by Fife Folk Museum.
To find The Silo, don’t take the trading estate entrance that leads from
the main roundabout to Cupar Garden Centre; instead, head for the one at the St Andrews’ end of the estate, & follow that road round to the right.
Look out for signs bearing an orange Silo!