Picnic in the Friary and Gardens

Inverkeithing Food Group

Summer Artfest ’16 – Saturday 18th June 2016

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The Inverkeithing Food Group will be joining us on Saturday 18th June for a summer fun day, enjoying the lovely surroundings of the Friary and Friary Gardens, Queen Street, Inverkeithing.

 

Festive Makers Market 12th December – Thank You!

A great big thank you to everyone who visited our Festive Makers Market in Inverkeithing Civic Centre on Saturday 12th December. We hope you had lots of fun and enjoyed looking around at all of the beautiful art and crafts which filled the hall. Lots of unique hand made gifts will certainly be opened with much enjoyment this Christmas! We heard lots of compliments on the amazingly high standard of the work on show, and we totally agree. There was also a lot of conversations going on, between visitors and makers, and between the makers themselves, with some fascinating collaborations being discussed for the future!

IMG_1394Thank you to all the lovely artists and makers: Tom Bishop-de-Main, Lainy Allison, My Cherry Pie, Maria Hickman, Craig and Caren Gilbert, The Barbary Wood, Pots by Val Burns, Glass Act, Seacycle, Bigbyrd Design, Joyce’s Jewellery, Boxofrix, Black Rock Textiles, Norman Bews Landscape Photography, Elaine Bews, Tubular, Karen Trotter, aisydaisy, Filo di Lana, Cook’s Craft and Martine Greig. And thank you all for your beautiful raffle prizes – the winners will all be thrilled to win an original work of art!

IMG_1397Thanks also to Kate Walker the storyteller, and her apprentice Rowan Morrison, who engaged the children with so much wonder, laughter and magic, and worked so hard all afternoon. We can’t believe how much you put into your stories, rhymes and sangs, and your presence was very much appreciated. We do hope to collaborate with you both again in offering children and adults alike access to the magic of storytelling.

Thanks also to The Scottish Book Trust for generously supplying us with lots of wonderful childrens’ books to give away to wee visitors, and to the Inverkeithing Library Service for having a stall filled with free book-related goodies and information about library services.

Thanks to the Inverkeithing Food Group for collaborating with us once again with your festive foodie activities and helping to provide a day of fun activities in Inverkeithing – helping to show off our town to visitors and residents alike. Also, because you open up the beautiful medieval Friary to be used and enjoyed, it reminds everyone of its value for our community as a meeting space and as a heritage building to be treasured.

And a very big thank you to our volunteers: Andrew, Adam, Sandy, Megan, Ollie, Isaac and Rosie for helping out with refreshments, the IAI information stall, the IAI art stall, and the children’s crafting activities. Thanks to Iwan of Matty and Vee Vintage for volunteering to take photographs of the day, and to Karen for selling Art Raffle tickets all week at The Millbrae Cafe – we couldn’t do it without you all!

We’ll be posting the photographs taken by Iwan Thomas soon so watch this space!

Works in progress – Creative Workshops at the Friary

Here’s a glimpse of the works in progress from our first Creative Workshop (one of two), on Tuesday 27th October at the Friary in Inverkeithing. Well done everyone who took part! Information about our next set of two workshops to follow soon.

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‘Spring Into Summer’ Art and Craft Fair, Saturday 2nd May 2015

We’ve put lots of photos on our website of all of the participating artists and crafters surrounded by their lovely work – Bloomin’ Marvellous Inverkeithing, May 2015.

These photos were all taken by volunteer Rosie Gibson. Thanks Rosie!

IAI love to mix together all kinds of creative people at our Art and Craft Fairs, from community groups who create for fun, skills-building and community participation, to amateur hobbyists who like the social buzz of meeting with fellow creative folk, to professionals whose creative work provides their livelihood. We think this makes for a fascinating mix, one which caters for all kinds of visitors to the Art and Craft Fair, and for different tastes and budgets.

At the Spring Into Summer Art and Craft Fair on May 2nd, our younger visitors had lots of fun making art works of their own at the kids activity table, and searching for the super-cute wee beasties, hidden at all the artists’  tables – supervised by volunteer Margaret Robertson and helped out by Ollie Kidd.

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Each participating maker donated a handmade item for the raffle table.

With many thanks to The Inverkeithing Food Group for collaborating with Inverkeithing Arts Initiative on this event and providing an excellent lunch made from locally sourced ingredients for visitors at the Friary (next door to Inverkeithing Civic Centre). It was extremely popular and received a lot of praise! Thanks also for providing the IAI directors and volunteers with some much needed sustenance. Delicious!

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Inverkeithing Food Group – Community Lunch

Inverkeithing Food Group will be hosting a delicious seasonal lunch on Saturday 2nd May, from 12.30pm, while IAI’s Spring Into Summer Art & Craft Fair is going on at the Civic Centre. The lunch will be in the gorgeous medieval Friary on Queen Street, (right next door to the Civic Centre). The menu will consist of local seasonal produce and will be cooked from scratch.

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This will be a ‘pay as you please’ event where people can donate the amount they think the lunch is worth. For anyone who cannot afford to pay, or who wants to get more involved with the group, why not come along and help instead? Cooking and starting up will start about 10am, and help will also be needed with serving and clearing up at the end of the day. All volunteers will be provided with their meal for free. Get in touch with the group via their Facebook page or email InverkeithingFood@gmail.com.

Inverkeithing Arts are very excited about this first collaboration with the Inverkeithing Food Group – we hope there will be many more in future! Both groups like the idea of ‘event days’ in Inverkeithing, where several things are going on at once (like a mini festival) and we really hope to develop this idea future.

Friary Knit Group – Inverkeithing

“Our knitting and crafting group meets at ‘The Hospitium of the Grey Friars’ in Inverkeithing, locally known as ‘The Friary’, the best surviving example of a friary building left in Scotland.”

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Who can resist these cheerful fellows?

“The group is free to all. The group’s aims are to encourage knitting and crafting and bring the community together.”