Have a look on our website at to keep up to date with all of the exciting workshops being held this winter at Maker – more coming up soon!  You’ll also be able to have a look at our archive and blog at all of the projects, workshops and exhibitions we’ve developed here in Inverkeithing over the last three years…..




Rosie Gibson – Breathing Space

Inverkeithing Arts collaborated in 2015 with Inverkeithing artist Rosie Gibson for her project ‘Trading Wisdom’ (read here and here), and we are following with interest her current project ‘Breathing Space – Living a Citizen’s Income’. Check our her Breathing Space – blog and follow her investigation, research and lived experience of this fascinating subject. As always Rosie’s thoughtfulness and thoroughness shines through in her work..


The Place Where We Live – 10 months on

Artworks and experiences created during Community Arts Projects can continue to have reverberations, be enjoyed and inspire people long after the project has taken place. We saw this in action on 22nd June 2016 when we were invited to attend a day of celebrating pupils’ achievement at Inverkeithing Primary School. We found ‘The Place Where We Live’ – the 3D map project which Inverkeithing Arts Initiative ran with the p4 year group in 2015, proudly on display in the school hall.

IAI devised and led this project at the school in September 2015 when participatory artist Rosie Gibson asked us to help her get local schoolchildren involved with, and incorporated into, her ‘Trading Wisdom’ project on Inverkeithing High Street, part of the nationwide ‘Luminate Project on Creative Aging’.

Rosie’s project involved listening to elderly residents of Inverkeithing, and from their conversations gathering ‘nuggets of wisdom’. The nugget Rosie asked us to use to inspire the pupils’ project was from an elderly lady remembering her time as a young woman working at the Caldwell Paper Mill:

“My mothers hoose was like a canteen. We went hame fae the mill for breakfast, lunch, then hame for the tea! And my brothers were on different shifts so they went hame at different times tae!”

We talked with the children about the nugget and what it was about, and asked them to have a think about ‘their’ high street, and what they might see as they themselves walk through it every day. The children created drawings of the things they could remember, using vividly coloured pens and pieces of card…. the results were gloriously imaginative and lively. The children then stuck their drawings in the appropriate places along the roads, to create a joint artwork which we called ‘The Place Where We Live’. All of the children were enthusiastic and engaged throughout the whole day the project took place. The resulting maps were photographed and Rosie made placemats to be used, appropriately, at the Millbrae Cafe (which still uses them daily!)

The 3D Maps, and placemats, were displayed during the school’s event on the 22nd, and we were delighted to see so many visitors at the event stopping to have a look at them, very obviously admiring the children’s work. The pupils who had taken part in the project were particular proud of the maps, and enjoyed looking for their own drawings, and showing them off to their parents, grandparents and carers.

The primary school, Inverkeithing Arts Initiative and Rosie Gibson are very keen to continue working together in the future, involving local schoolchildren in community arts projects.

For more images of the maps, click here



Afternoon Tea – Trading Wisdom with Rosie

IMG_0574Trading Wisdom: Afternoon Tea on 15th October 2015 was a chance for all those involved in Rosie Gibson’s Trading Wisdom Art Event to come together and celebrate as part of the Scotland-wide Luminate Creative Ageing Festival.

Rosie gathered ‘nuggets of wisdom’ from local people born between 1925-35, her mother’s generation, celebrating…

“..both the grittily lyrical wisdom of my mum’s generation and also the shops and businesses in the High Street. I was curious about what happens if you put the two together’

Each of the participating trading places (pub, locksmith, hairdresser, cafe etc.), had a nugget of wisdom interwoven into their trading practice, embedding them into the daily life of Inverkeithing. Rosie and Luminate are delighted to say that every one of the shops have decided to keep their nuggets in place until the end of October 2015.

At the Afternoon Tea Rosie welcomed some of the sources of the nuggets of wisdom,  the participating tradespeople, and anyone else who was interested in this fascinating project. She provided hand-made chocolates to delight, and lovely cakes made by local bakers. Bristol Branch provided the music, which was much enjoyed by all and inspired some joyful dancing!

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Inverkeithing Arts Initiative were delighted to be invited to create the the setting for the event, based on the core idea of a drying green on a summer’s day, with the nuggets interwoven between familiar items of everyday washing; baby clothes and men’s shirts, pinnies and football boots, pillowcases, negligees and washing baskets.

The theme of work threaded through the whole event. From Grace’s working days at the Paper Mill, (not to mention her mother, providing frequent meals for her children), to the hope that new technology will free us from work to spend more time with our families, to the participating tradespeople, working to provide Inverkeithing with a functioning and lively high street. In IAI’s design for the event, the drying green seemed to capture this sense of working to support each other, with more than a hint of play and pleasure. Hopefully, we can all imagine taking a moment from our work to stand on the green, enjoying the sunshine? And perhaps we can all “work and play as if you are living in the early days of a better nation.” 


Nuggets of Wisdom: ‘I’ve been walking a long time’

‘Podemos! Yes we can!’

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Nugget of Wisdom: ‘Some people think the good old days are a joke, but it isn’t.’


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Nuggets of Wisdom: ‘When washing machines came out we thought we would have more time to spend with our families’

‘Keep moving’

‘Work and play as if you are living in the early days of a better nation.’


Nugget of Wisdom: ‘My mother’s hoose was like a canteen. We went hame fae the mill for breakfast, lunch,, then hame for the tea!! And my brothers were on different shifts so they went hame at different times tae!’ (3D maps of Inverkeithing created by p4 pupils of Inverkeithing Primary School)


Trading Wisdom: Afternoon Tea, 15th October 2015

Join Rosie Gibson on Thursday 15th October 2pm – 3.30pm, Civic Centre, 10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing KY11 1PA…

..and sample the handmade chocolates and other delights inspired by wise words from the local generation born between 1925 and 1935, as part of the Trading Wisdom art event on Inverkeithing High Street running between 10th – 17th October. In each of the 10 collaborating shops, Rosie has incorporated a gathered nugget of wisdom into each shop’s trading activity.

Trading Wisdom is part of Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival.

The event is free, but ticketed, so please call Rosie at the number below or email or online at Eventbrite.

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