Pittenweem Arts Festival
Saturday August 1st - 9th
Free entry to all exhibitions 10am - 5pm daily
Pittenweem currently has around 30 artists resident in the village and many more in the surrounding chain of small fishing villages set along the lovely East Neuk coastline.
The festival hosts an exciting mixture of well-established invited artists, newcomers and resident artists, who exhibit in homes, studios, galleries and public spaces throughout the village and its environs. Over 9 days, we offer visitors a wide variety of exhibitions, workshops, performances, talks and children’s events, all related to the arts.
How the village benefits
While the festival is a success for visitors & participating artists, we try each year to ensure that the community benefits. As far as possible, our own spending is within the village.
We were pleased that the £50,000 upgrade of our festival premises this year, a grant-aided project, resulted in 85% of the work being undertaken by Pittenweem-based contractors. Local tradespeople are employed by the festival on a regular basis as well as security staff, car park attendants, gallery sitters, office staff and the shuttle bus driver, who are also as far as possible, drawn from the local area. The festival also rents the local church hall, the Old Town Hall and The Old Men’s Club (we decorate these too), money going back locally.
In 2012 we were pleased to have had the use of the toilet facilities in the Pittenweem & District Sports Association pavilion beside the car park. Rather than hiring a port-a-loo and spending the money outside of the village, we were able to support the local football teams with a donation. Many thanks for their help.
Local businesses benefit from an increased visitor spend in our popular village as do the B&Bs and other accommodation. Residents find also that renting out a room or a garage as a venue during the festival is a useful money-earner.
Fife Council has encouraged each coastal village to install a defibrillator, a life-saving device in heart attack cases. Pittenweem Community Council asked local businesses to contribute to the cost and we were happy to do so.
Moving to a wider view, Pittenweem Arts Festival attracts about 25,000 visitors each year which benefits the local community & the surrounding area. Also, the high profile of the festival works to introduce Fife as a tourist destination.
VisitScotland chose Pittenweem, with our 2011 Helen Denerley exhibition on the pier, to feature in their TV commercial for the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, a clear example of the appeal of Pittenweem and the drawing power of the festival.
We’re pleased to be a festival that brings enjoyment to so many visitors and boosts the local economy.