Lines from Scotland – in Dunfermline

This exhibition has unfortunately had to close.  Please see our Covid-19 statement for full details.

We are devising a series of online INSIGHTS – giving viewers a chance to hear from the exhibition curator Amanda Game and some of the participating artists. Find this on our online programme micrositeINSIGHTS 1 was launched on Fri 24 April 2020 and further INSIGHTS will appear fortnightly on Fridays after that.

Having had a very successful showing in NE Fife, Lines from Scotland now moves down to the SW of the Kingdom and takes up residence in Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries.

Curated by Amanda Game, Lines from Scotland explores some of the many, varied ways that Scottish artists work/have worked with drawing and physical acts of mark-making as a way of developing and communicating thoughts and ideas.  It is designed to reveal something of the ever-evolving depth, diversity and richness of thinking in the arts in Scotland through linking works that spring from distinct disciplinary traditions, across media. Animation, archaeological records, botanical drawing, landscapes, portraits and designs for objects are just some of the lines that will be included.

Exhibitors span three generations: 

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham; Elizabeth Blackadder; Thomas A and Laurie Clark; Ian Hamilton Finlay; Andy Goldsworthy; Dorothy Hogg; John Houston; Susie Leiper; Michael Lloyd; Rory McEwen; Deirdre Nelson/Inge Thomson; Frances Priest; Carol Rhodes; Lizzie Sanders; David Shrigley; Lucy Skaer; Norma Starszakowna; Hanna Tuulikki/High Heels and Horse Hair; Frances Walker.

A small selection of archaeological drawings and photographic material from Historic Environment Scotland also feature to suggest some of the wider ways that human beings have drawn from and recorded their environments through time.

A 52 page, full colour publication has been produced to accompany the exhibition and can be purchased from Fife Contemporary’s shop for £10 (+ p&p), or from DCL&G.


  • Botanical Art Workshop with Kirsty Lorenz
    Sat 18 April 2020, 1-3pm
    £15 – booking required
  • Meet the Artists (Laurie Clark, Susie Leiper, Deirdre Nelson)
    Sun 19 April 2020, 1-3pm
    Free, no booking required
  • Curator-led Exhibition Tour
    Saturday 2 May 2020, 2pm
    Lines from Scotland exhibition curator, Amanda Game, will lead a tour of this superb display of Scottish work and discuss how the show evolved with Diana Sykes, Director of Fife Contemporary, sharing some of the different insights into Scottish art and design they have both gained through producing the exhibition.
    Amanda has a 35 year career as an exhibition maker, curator and events’ producer with a specialist interest in supporting contemporary makers.
    Free, no booking required
  • Tours for Groups
    If you are part of a group and would like to enquire about a free exhibition tour, please get in touch with Fife Contemporary  / 01334 474610.
    Tours tend to last up to one hour.

After Dunfermline, the exhibition moves to Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries (16 May-25 July 2020).