Creative Play & Family Heirloom

Remember to pop in to Maker to make your bid for this beautifully hand crafted and totally unique doll’s house, created by retired local teacher Sandy Stephen. A wonderful opportunity to give a special child hours of creative play, while adopting a new family heirloom. It’s been delightful seeing children’s faces light up as they gaze at  the house in Maker’s window!

All proceeds from the sale will go towards running costs for children’s art classes at Maker, and other worthwhile projects, keeping costs down and increasing accessibility as much as possible.

To make a secret bid, pop in to Maker Thursday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm or email info@inverkeithingarts.org. We invite bids of £100+ to reflect the skill, workmanship and materials invested in making this stunning doll’s house. The new owner of the house will be announced at 2pm on Saturday 15th December.

Inverkeithing Arts are a not-for-profit organisation run by artist volunteers. You’ll find our arts hub and gallery at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing.

 

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Maker secret auction – dolls’ des res

From Thursday 15th November you can place your secret auction bid on this beautiful dolls’ house, hand-made in Inverkeithing by local resident and retired teacher at Inverkeithing High School, Sandy Stephen. You can come into Maker and write your bid down on a slip, along with contact details, which will be put in an envelope and kept secret until Saturday 15th December, when the highest bidder will be announced. Alternatively, if you can’t make it in to the gallery, email us at info@inverkeithingarts.org and we’ll do it for you. We’re asking for bids over £100, to reflect the incredible amount of work and dedication it takes to make a one of a kind dolls’ house of this quality and beauty, not to mention the materials costs. Sandy is donating ALL of the proceeds to Inverkeithing Arts @ Maker, which will go into a ring-fenced fund for children’s art classes and other accessible arts activities. What a star!

The announcement of the highest bidder, (the house’s new owner), will be made on Saturday 15th December at 2pm. We invite all bidders along, and we’ll be partying it up with some festive sips and nibbles! If you make a bid and can’t make it – and you win – don’t worry, we’ll get in touch with you ASAP.

Good luck!

Jane and Mary (and Sandy)

Visiting The Ave

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Visitors to photographer Leanna Tanner’s exhibition at Maker have been really enjoying her work, often prompted to recall their own memories of childhood and adolescence. Her images evoke a sense of specific place, as well as a universality and multitude of experience. The children in her images express incredible vivacity, physical confidence, and a sense of joy and freedom. Her photography of the landscape and streetscape of Fraser Avenue as it changes during the re-building process have also been much admired, in particular a spectacular image of the iconic three Forth Bridges from a perspective normally not visible to tourists.

Leanna’s work is cross-disciplinary, incorporating stylised techniques of fashion photography with the narrative approach of visual story telling. She works with local make-up artists and stylists, and actively encourages photographic subjects to contribute to the content and direction of her image making.

The exhibition is supported by Inverkeithing Arts Initiative and Kingdom Housing Association’s Community Initiative Fund.

The exhibition will run from September 15th – October 5th, 2018 in our gallery space at 2a High Street, Inverkeithing. During the run of the current exhibitio, ‘THE AVE’, Maker will extend its opening hours to include Wednesday afternoons.

Temporary Hours are as follows:
Wednesdays 1 – 5.30 pm
Thurs- Sat 10.am – 5.30 pm

Leanna Turner – The Ave

September 15th – October 5th, 2018

Photographic artist Leanna Tanner is staging her first solo exhibition of work at Maker, Inverkeithing. The exhibition will run from September 15th – October 5th, 2018 in our gallery space at 2a High Street, Inverkeithing.

Leanna’s project shines a light on the regeneration area of Fraser Avenue, acknowledging the history of lives lived and their stories. Her beautiful, contemporary and celebratory images illustrate her own experience of childhood and encourage participants to contribute to the continuing story of Fraser Avenue’s history.

Leanna’s work is cross-disciplinary, incorporating stylised techniques of fashion photography with the narrative approach of visual story telling. She works with local make-up artists and stylists, and actively encourages photographic subjects to contribute to the content and direction of her image making.

Leanna’s wish was to stage her first exhibition of creative work in her own community of Inverkeithing, and we are delighted to encourage an emerging local artist to exhibit her work at Maker, home base for Inverkeithing Arts.

A big thank you!

To all our visitors to Maker over the Central Fife Open Studios weekend on 1st and 2nd September. Your interest and enthusiasm in our work, and your continued support of artists and makers in Central Fife was inspirational! Many of you took the time to listen to us talk about our work, as well as admiring it, and that is incredibly helpful in itself for our creative process. Our individual web and facebook sites are:

www.janefrancis.net

www.facebook.com/MaryFarrell/Jewellery

Our work will continue to be on show until Saturday 8th September at Maker, 2a High Street Inverkeithing.

 

 

Central Fife Open Studios – 2018

Mary Farrell and Jane Francis will be in Maker on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September, 10am -6pm, as they are taking part in this great open doors event across central Fife. The concept behind CFOS is that artists and makers across the region invite the public into their studios. Some artists view the event as an opportunity to get new finished work out into the public arena and get in touch with new and old customers, while others see it as an opportunity to get feedback on their current work. Whatever you find going on in the studios, ts a wonderful opportunity to go for a jaunt around the area and pop in to see artists and makers in situ.

Jane Francis

This year Jane has been developing some of the concepts she has been thinking about since 2016, and has been making artist’s books, oil painting and perfume! She welcomes anyone who would like to come and chat about her work during this development phase. She will have some prints and cards for sale and maybe a painting or two!

 

Mary Farrell

Mary will be showing some of her latest jewellery designs, inspired by her fascination with natural forms. She will also have examples of some of her best loved collections for sale during the weekend.

 

 

 

Maker – spring/summer 2018

Creative Activities at Maker

2a, High Street, Inverkeithing

There has been much activity recently at Maker, Inverkeithing’s dedicated space for socially engaged and creative activities.

Local artist Rosie Gibson has continued teaching her brilliant ‘Drawing for Fun’ course, based on exercises which challenge the right side of the brain to observe and describe what it sees. She has run the course with two groups, and looks set to continue well into 2018, with the potential for more groups to begin the course. Her current students have thoroughly enjoyed practicing the processes and techniques Rosie introduces – and in return have surprised themselves by creating really beautiful drawings.

Artist, illustrator and writer Jeanne Dron has developed our Tuesday drop-in drawing sessions into a wonderful opportunity for people to gather, talk, learn skills and techniques, and develop their own creativity. Participants have found the sessions to be extremely valuable for both skills-learning and as a sociable activity. Jeanne will also be running a workshop on June 17th ‘An Introduction to Needlefelting’ which will include learning techniques such as wet felting and making felt pictures. For more details about this class see our website www.inverkeithngarts.org or contact us at info@inverkeithingarts.org.

Maker has also been the scene of meditation workshops with Jan McLaughlan (Juniper-J Therapies). These have been popular, proving that Maker is also an excellent and inspiring space for activities which develop personal growth and resilience-building – even without even picking up a pencil! Jan will be starting some new weekly meditations workshops later in the summer so do get in touch if this is of interest to you.

To find out more about any of the above activities email us at info@inverkeithingarts.org or call 01383 271839. There will be more workshops and classes advertised in the near future on our website  www.inverkeithingarts.org so don’t forget to check it out, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

images: Rosie’s students of ‘Drawing for Fun’ – Jeanne’s own incredible felt work – image for Jan’s meditation workshops