Inverkeithing Arts is an artist-led social enterprise, supporting local self-determination and the maker economy. We believe in the regenerative power of the creative arts.
Jane Francis (director & associate artist)
After a long pause in art-making, to take a degree in English Literature, work in public libraries and look after a young family, I started painting again 5 years ago, and haven’t looked back. I remembered how wonderful it is to be creative, to make something, and to enter that flow state. Mary and I ran an art club at Inverkeithing Primary School for 2 years and that showed me that everyone can make art, the results can be unexpected and people are moved by making things – sometimes the most unexpected people! I came to believe that this is an inherently human response, and I believe in the regenerative power of the creative arts. Inverkeithing Arts was set up in 2014 to broaden access to making and experiencing art to more people in South West Fife. I think we’re managing to do that, through the projects we’ve been involved with in the local community, and through the workshops and classes which happen at Maker.
In my own work I use mixed media, photography and portraiture, artist’s books and sculpture. I take inspiration from micro and macro scales in nature and in the intersection between memory and history. I am currently interested in the concepts of liminality and duende, and in that which expresses the uncanny. You can find examples of my work at Maker and on my website www.janefrancis.net
Mary Farrell (director & associate artist)
Mary has been based in Inverkeithing since 2004. A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (Dundee), she has been designing and making jewellery for over 25 years, currently supplying galleries and retail outlets throughout the United Kingdom. Her employment experience includes the design, manufacture supply and special commissions of her own work, promotion and retail of work by other designers; experience as a community tutor and in the Further Education sector; community engagement and voluntary work. Mary has recently completed an HNC Working with Communities with the purpose of improving her understanding of community engagement, and informing ways in which to best utilise her skills to support community development through Creative Arts. www.facebook.com/maryfarrelljewellery
Rosie Gibson (non-executive director & associate artist)
I’ve been a community artist for a long time. The kids in Craigmillar who skived school to help transform a church into an Arts Resource Centre are now in their 50’s and are making sure their grandchildren are getting their fill of the arts. A mosaic mural with kids at Sound Youth Club cheered up the gable of a public toilet in Sandvein housing scheme, Lerwick and lasted twenty years. I shared a space with toddlers at North Edinburgh Arts Centre and made cardboard play sculptures for them inspired by observations of their play and passions. Nearer to home, Trading Wisdom was an art installation in 10 shops in Inverkeithing High Street for Luminate Festival 2015, inspired by 10 nuggets of wisdom gleaned from folk in their 80s. I collaborated with Inverkeithing Arts Initiative who hosted the celebration afternoon tea beautifully. Most recently I made a sign for the Friary Senior Citizens Drop-In with the help of Sandy Stephen. It was fun to collaborate with Cathy and the others in the group to come up with a new design.
After 40 years of art with people it’s time for my own art adventure. I was delighted when Jane and Mary asked me to come on board with them as a non-executive director of Inverkeithing Arts Initiative. Their philosophy and values chime with my own and I’m happy to support their aims and aspirations for the Arts in Inverkeithing.
Jo Barrett (associate artist)
Jo is a Dunfermline based artist, maker and decorator. She has had stalls at two of the Maker’s Markets which Inverkeithing Arts organised in the Civic Centre in the town. She has also run several great workshops at Maker since its opening in November 2016. She is one of the first artists to get more deeply involved with Inverkeithing Arts going forward into 2018 as we begin to form a collective of makers based in South West Fife. We are delighted to welcome Jo and you will see her soon working at Maker as well as running more of her workshops.
Jeanne Dron (associate artist)
A member of both the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Gallery Illustrators’ Group, Jeanne is excited to become associated with Inverkeithing Arts. Her portfolio includes a wide range of interests: watercolour, ink, acrylic, oils, graphite and coloured pencil, clay, and textiles including fabric and stitched canvas. In addition, she is developing a range of felt figures which have grown from her illustrative work. These have been featured in her Gallery Trail Project, exhibited at the National Gallery in October 2017.
In terms of writing, she is working on a middle grade illustrated chapter book, and recently won the Scottish Association of Writer’s Chairman trophy and Autumn Voices Competition with her story of an east coast fishing village.
Donna Sinclair (associate artist)
Donna first worked with Inverkeithing Arts on the Inverkeithing Memory Project during 2016/17, which resulted in an exhibition of the group’s work at Inverkeithing Civic Centre. The exhibition is now housed permanently at the Carnegie Library and Museum in Dunfermline. Donna is a talented emerging artist, born and bred in Inverkeithing, she cares deeply about the town and its history, as well as the issues it faces today.