Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September
Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September
10.30am – 6pm
CENTRAL FIFE OPEN STUDIOS 2019
Jane Francis and Mary Farrell will be taking part in Central Fife Open Studios again this year at Maker, showing their working practices, displaying some of the work they’ve done over the past year, and talking about the themes they’ve been developing and skills they’ve been learning. Come in for a chat and a look at maker, and follow the whole trail across central Fife, with 30 artists and makers opening their doors to the public.
PREVIOUS HAPPENINGS & EXHIBITIONS
Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd March
& Thursday 28th – Saturday 30th March, 2019
We were very excited about our exhibition – 8 – 80 – Drawing for Fun. It featured the work of five young artists and seven young-at-heart artists who participated in the Drawing for Fun Kids, Beginners and Development classes during Autumn 2018 at Maker.
Advanced students took on diverse themes such as Umbria, Elasticity and Openings! Kids embraced exercises like drawing upside down, using a viewfinder and doing 1-1 scale charcoal sketches of giant cutlery loaned by Guilshan’s Indian Restaurant. Adult beginners were as enthusiastic as ever and rose to the challenge of drawing with humour and tenacity.
Our Kids classes were supported by Fife Council Cultural Trust and the Common Good Fund. And following their success we will be offering more kids classes after Easter 2019 more info here.
September 15th – October 5th 2018
Photographic artist Leanna Tanner staged her first solo exhibition of work at Maker, in September and October 2018.
Leanna’s project shone 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 encouraged 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 were delighted to encourage an emerging local artist to exhibit her work at Maker, home-base for Inverkeithing Arts.
The exhibition was supported by Inverkeithing Arts Initiative and Kingdom Housing Association’s Community Initiative Fund.
13th – 18th June 2017
Lindow in the Window
Maker was venue to a happening during a week in the summer of 2017. Fife-based artist and illustrator Catherine Lindow approached us with an idea – to turn the town of Inverkeithing into a work of art! Catherine loves interepreting urban landscapes; buildings, natural forms and people, into her highly original artworks, and her interest had been captured by Inverkeithing. She proposed that she took up an artist’s residency in Maker’s large window on the High Street and spent the week creating her work. She had taken lots of notes and made copious sketches on walks around the town before she began. What made the event all the more inventive and interactive is that she invited local residents to visit her during the residency and tell her tales of life in Inverkeithing, past and present. They were delighted to do so as Catherine is such a generous and approachable person. She then wove handwritten text throughout the landscape based on conversations she had.
Catherine has captured Inverkeithing’s unique balance between history and the present; its remarkable setting in view of the three Forth bridges, and its bay and position on the Inver of the Keithing Burn and the River Forth. Many of the people who live in Inverkeithing are immensely proud of its history, its beautiful historic buildings, but also in its people, who come from all walks of life and live together (mostly) harmoneously. Inverkeithing is also now sadly unique in having a robust high street which is well used by residents and visitors alike. All of this fascinated Catherine. For us, the week of her residency at Maker had a real buzz..
The finished artwork is a delight. People from Inverkeithing, including those who now live elsewhere, love it, and feel that it captures something of how they feel about the place and its people.
Maker continues to sell prints of the finished work, and greetings cards featuring a detail of the finished work.