Inverkeithing Arts is a Community Interest Company (CIC), a type of social enterprise, and is embedded in the communities it serves and committed to their development. One of our major goals is to facilitate artists and crafters based in South West Fife, which has not traditionally had much support for the creative arts. Over the last two and a half years we have proven that there are plenty of very talented and committed creative people living and working here and our aim is to provide a platform for artists and makers in their own communities. Our second, linked aim, is to offer artistic and creative activities to the public which are affordable and inclusive. We believe that everyone is full of stories to tell and creativity to explore. The creative arts can offer a powerful route to personal and community self-determination. These two spheres of interest are of course interlinked: how do you know if you have interest in the arts and the drive to take your artistic expression to the next level if you don’t get a chance to explore and develop it? And, if you are someone already a practitioner in visual art, performance, or contemporary craft, imagine being able to share your enthusiasm and pass on skills to others!
We have created an arts hub, Maker, in the heart of Inverkeithing High Street. It is part gallery/shop and part workshop/exhibtion space. In the gallery and shop we are dedicated to supporting Fife-based makers whose work shows excellence and a real desire to develop their skills. In our workshop and exhibition space we run a variety of community arts projects, with support from Fife Council and Kingdom Housing Association, which offer a voice to the people being affected by the regeneration of the Fraser Avenue area of Inverkeithing. We would love to develop other large-scale and inclusive community arts projects in the future.
Inverkeithing Art’s original founders were Donna DuCarme, Michelle Denholm, Mary Farrell, and Jane Francis. Our current directors are:
Michelle has lived in Inverkeithing since 2004, and is a glass artist. She was educated at Fife College, Kirkcaldy and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, graduating with a BSc Environmental Science and Pg Dip Instrumental Analytical Science respectively. Having had a varied career in the science sector, Michelle purchased a glass kiln and embarked on a voyage of discovery with the medium of glass. She has exhibited in Edinburgh and Dunfermline.
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.
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.
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