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. We are:
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. contact: email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/maryfarrelljewellery/ http://www.centralfifeopenstudios.org
Jane Francis (director & associate artist)
Jane grew up in Aberdeenshire and Fife, lived in Edinburgh for many years, and has lived in Inverkeithing since 2005. She has an MA in English Literature from Edinburgh University, with a particular interest in Scottish Literature and language. Further study saw her gain a Pg Dip in Information and Library Studies from Strathclyde University after which she worked for several years in Edinburgh public libraries and in academic book-selling before moving back to Fife. Jane is a visual artist whose mixed media works take inspiration from micro and macro scales in nature and in the intersection between memory and history. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.janefrancis.net http://www.centralfifeopenstudios.org
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.