Inverkeithing Arts Initiative is winding down the organisation in the coming months.
Over the past 7 ½ years we have had the great pleasure of being part of the Inverkeithing Community. We have enjoyed meeting and working with so many talented local artists through community projects, classes and workshops. Through the shop at Maker we have supported the creative economy by showing the work of many amazing local artists.
However, after much thought and discussion, we have realised that it is time for Mary, Jane and Rosie to refocus their energies on their own work and projects. It is the right time to draw Inverkeithing Arts Initiative to a close.
The gallery/shop at Maker will cease trading from March 19th, and the workshop & exhibition space will remain in use until the end of June, to give us time for ongoing projects, and to allow time for our art groups to find alternative venues.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has joined us on this journey, shared with us their remarkable talent and creativity, and supported us since we began in 20t14.
We will continue to post about our projects here on the IAI website blog and on our Facebook page until the end of June 2022.
Gallery – Inverkeithing Arts Initiative 2014 – 2022
The creation of motifs and wording to be incorporated into the new street furniture in Inverkeithing for the forthcoming heritage regeneration sparked a project for community artists, and was instigated in the spring of 2020. It quickly became evident that trying to follow usual pathways, such as engaging schoolchildren, was going to be extremely challenging as we entered the first Covid 19 lockdown in March. Inverkeithing Arts responded with a counter plan to still engage several members of the community of Inverkeithing, with a good cross section of ages, genders etc, by dipping in to our list of people with whom we have previously done projects and classes over the last few years. They all knew us well, in many cases they are our friends and family, and they have gotten used to the values and methods of Inverkeithing Arts Initiative. Apart from this, we knew them as talented and thoughtful individuals, and we knew they would bring a lot of quality and attention to the project.
We approached several people from our list, and eight agreed to take part, engaging with the brief, and with the historical materials, as much as they could. Difficulties due to lockdown were accepted as part of the project’s limitations, but they were more than willing to proceed, often self-directedly. By October 2020 we were rewarded by our trust in the individuals with a wonderful exhibition of very high quality work across several genres. Some of the artists developed their ideas further into conceptual and site specific work, and others plan to continue to explore the themes they uncovered. The excellence of work, the level of engagement, and the willingness to be open ended in approach, is what led us to two decisions: to incorporate everyone’s work in the motifs for the heritage regeneration, and to plan for the scope of the project to be further developed during 2021.
The difficulties which the group faced in trying to meet face to face, share ideas or work together revealed just how vitally important they are to our sense of community and health. The group continued to feel the project was a communal one, despite the limitations, and we wanted to honour this. It seemed fitting at this present moment in history, to include everyone’s work rather than declare a ‘motif winner’.
A small and expressive sketch of a Janus head, by Donna Sinclair, inspired by her memory of a statue which used to sit on the Inverkeithing Townhouse roof when she was a young girl, revealed its potential as a key or anchor for the resulting motifs. It has such a ‘complete’ and balanced shape, and the two swirls of hair cry out for the inclusion of imagery. The faces look in opposite directions and bring to mind past and future, west and east, sea and land or any number of dichotomies within which to place our interpretations.
The deciton to use this image as a key motif provided a base on which to create a series of interpretations, incorporating work by all of the artists. Our brief talks about a wish to explore the past, present and future of Inverkeithing, and the artists met this brief through their own lenses of nature, work and play, caring for each other, witch trials, and the industrial and built landscapes, to name just a few.
Over the next few blog entries, we’ll explore each of the interpretations, and through them, each of the artists, in turn.
Mary Farrell and Jane Francis will be taking part in Central Fife Open Studios again this September at Maker. The open studios are open for 2 weekends this year, to give visitors more opportunity to visit more of the artists they are interested in. The dates are Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th and Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th. The doors will be open from 10am – 6pm on all four days. Two of the thirty artists and makers taking part, Mary and Jane will be showing some of the work they’ve been working on over the past year, and discussing with visitors their inspirations and creative processes. You can pick up a brochure in Maker, with details of how to find all thirty participants across central Fife.
Have you ever fancied producing your own beautiful paintings in watercolours, but not known where to start? Jeanne Dron is here to take you through her popular six week beginner’s course, starting with information about paints, papers and brushes, working you through water handling, effects and styles and taking you on to producing your own beautiful paintings! Starting next Monday 26th September, there are still places on this course – so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01383 271839 or pop in to Maker on Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th to get booked in!
Carole Robinson has devised a programme of glass fusing and slumping workshops over four evenings this summer at Maker. Book just one class or as many as you like! You can work on several projects during each session, developing colourful and exciting designs and mastering new techniques.
£20 per person per session + £2-£5 per project for materials
Wednesday 10th July 6-8pm Wednesday 24th July 6-8pm
Wednesday 7th August 6-8pm
Wednesday 21st August 6-8pm
MAKER, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, Fife KY11 1NN
Join tutors Jo Barrett and Carole Robinson this May and June at Maker for some more relaxing and creative classes. Jo is offering two of the most popular classes that she offers; the first, on 28th May will be making leather bound journals using lovely recycled leather. Then, on 4th June, she’ll be leading a workshop casting botanical materials in plaster, a technique which creates fascinating and sculptural designs.
Carole is joining Inverkeithing Arts Initiative for the first time for a colourful fused glass pendant making class on 29th May. She intends to run more glass classes throughout this summer at Maker, helping participants develop their techniques with mirror frames, vessels and decorative hangings.
We’ve got loads of new creative workshops coming up at Maker over the next two or three months, so we thought we’d make it easier for you to find just the one you want by listing the dates, times, costs etc in one post.
For more details visit the workshops page on this website. All of the workshops will take place at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1NN. To book your place on any of the workshops you can email us at email@example.com, call 01383 271839 or pop in to Maker. We’re open Thursday – Saturday 10am-5.30pm.
Images clockwise from top left: Silk Painting, Up-cycled Mirror Making, Easter Angel Decorations, Watercolour Painting level 3, Drawing For Fun For Kids
The gorgeous hand crafted doll’s house which has graced the window at Maker for the last few weeks has a new owner! A generous anonymous bidder has won this original and very special piece of work. Congratulations and many thanks to them from us all at Inverkeithing Arts! All proceeds will be used to provide arts classes to children who would not otherwise have access to them, and other worthwhile projects.
Many thanks also to Sandy Stephen for all of his time, skill and kindness in donating his wonderful work to Inverkeithing Arts and Maker.
The bidder has let us know that they plan to continue the house’s story and give someone else the opportunity to own such a beautiful doll’s house..So, there will be an exciting announcement in the early spring about this. Watch this space…
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
This Saturday, December 1st, is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate the independent, individual, unique and special small businesses in our towns and cities across the UK. Your support for local small businesses makes so much difference.
Christmas is a great time to explore the creative talent on your doorstep by ‘shopping local’ and Maker is the perfect place to start.
Learn more about the many talented artists working in your community, find out about our classes and workshops, and help to support your town’s small businesses by ‘shopping local’ this Christmas.
Whether you’re looking for a hand crafted gift for friends or family, a treat for yourself, just want to browse the beautiful work made by talented Fife-based artists, or even buy ‘just a card’…..
Drop in to visit us this Saturday. We’d love to see you!
Maker is at 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, Fife. The gallery and shop is open Thursdays-Saturdays 10am-5.30pm.
Inverkeithing Arts is a not-for-profit community arts organisation run by a collective of artist volunteers.