Lots of patterns available. Bring needles - some stash provided - get inspired by new yarns.
Mar 29 - Apr 28 2013: The Late Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1998-2004) Exhibition
This spring, the Pittenweem Arts Festival’s new gallery space, ART@47, hosts an exciting exhibition of work by abstract artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004).
Born in St Andrews, Barns-Graham moved to Cornwall in 1940, where she became a key member of the St Ives School alongside Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost. In 1960 she inherited a home near St Andrews, and from this point she divided her time between Fife and St Ives. With a career spanning over 60 years, she created artworks of vitality, subtlety and consummate skill, winning recognition for her contribution to British Modernism.
This exhibition explores Barns-Graham’s late prints, focusing on her collaboration with Graal Press between 1998 and 2004. Barns-Graham first experimented with screenprinting in 1955, and produced screenprints during the 1970s and 1980s. Yet it was only in the late 1990s, when she began working with Carol Robertson of Graal Press, that she started to feel truly confident with this method of printmaking. The techniques pioneered by Graal Press enabled Barns-Graham to employ a far wider variety of colours in her prints, and to investigate new textures, finishes and types of mark-making, many of which were previously thought impossible to achieve in screenprints. The collaboration resulted in a tremendous surge of creativity at the very end of Barns-Graham’s career. Her late prints are colourful, vibrant images, joyful and highly experimental – no mean feat for an artist still working in her late 80s.
The exhibition features a selection of Barns-Graham’s late prints, and is curated by the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust. Images reproduced courtesy of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust.
Sat 30 March, 2pm: come along to meet Ann Gunn, author of The Prints of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. Sun 31 March, 5pm: artist Carol Robertson talks about her collaboration with ‘Willy’.
This is ART@47’s first exhibition by a major artist and we have been pleased to hear the many enthusiastic comments about the exhibition and our new gallery space.
March 29-31, 2013: Pittenweem Artists and Galleries Weekend
Spring is a great time to visit Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife. The village is well known for its arts festival, but every April many resident artists open their studios for the Easter weekend to show new work.
The galleries also open their Spring exhibitions, showing a wide range of Scottish painters and craft artists. Venues and galleries are dotted around the village within easy walking distance. Look out for the Pittenweem Artists & Galleries poster outside each venue.
Views of the sea, harbour and ancient wynds are all part of an enjoyable day out. Collect a map at any venue on arrival.
Nov 21 - Dec 2 2012: Pittenweem Primary Prints Exhibition
A Christmas exhibition, showing the work of our school’s Primary 6 & 7, opens in ART@47.
Pittenweem artist Sheila Mitchell led the class in a printing workshop with exciting results. Twenty prints, inspired by a Christmas theme, form the second exhibition to be held in the festival’s recently renovated space. Encouraging all ages to be involved in creative activities is one of the festival’s aims.
A Christmas card has been designed using the children’s work and will be on sale with the proceeds going to the school.
The Christmas lights switch-on and carol singing in the square precede the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday. All are welcome!
Sep 30 - Oct 14 2012: Pittenweem Exhibition
After the formal opening, with its accompanying crowd, the first ART@47 exhibition Pittenweem, has seen a further impressive number of visitors through the doors.
Reactions have been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. The exhibition itself has been praised, covering as it does the work of many fine artists from within Pittenweem and in a wide range of styles. Added to this has been the positive appreciation of the gallery space as the setting. We were so pleased with this response that we have decided to keep the exhibition open for another week until 14th October.
We have already had a number of enquiries about hiring the space for art exhibitions and workshops outside of festival time. This has always been the purpose of ART@47; a resource for the community and artists to use and enjoy. Contact the Festival office to find out more.
Sep 30 2012: ART@47 Formal Opening
Festival patron Sir Menzies Campbell, just before he untied the ribbon to reveal our commemorative plaque.
Sir Ming, as he is familiarly known, expressed his enthusiasm for the Festival, marking out how the Festival has been a long-running success for the village and also for Fife and Scotland. He particularly appreciated how 85% of the work done on our refurbishment was by local tradespeople. He wished the Festival well as it moves on to stage not just future festivals but adds, with ART@47, a resource that will benefit the local community.
Some of the visitors, during a quieter moment.
We were delighted by the large number of people who came to our opening.
The exhibition Pittenweemwhich opened on the same day, brought together the work of artists who live or work in the village: we managed 32 in all. And there are still others who, for various reasons, were unable to exhibit. Quite an impressive total for a village.
There’s obviously something artistically special about Pittenweem. In the photograph opposite, we have the Behrens family, two generations of artists, at our opening: Margaret L Smyth (second from left), Reinhard Behrens (second from right) and Kirstie Behrens (right).
Now for the obligatory committee photograph. Taken on the day, we have, from the left: Barbara Fleming Board, Robin McKenzie Board, Jean Duncan Chair, Fiona Cathcart Treasurer, Joyce Laing one of the Festival founders, Duncan Stirling architectural consultant, Hilke MacIntyre Visual Arts Committee member, Sir Menzies Campbell, Stella Ross Board, Kerr Cowan Company Secretary, Heather Cunningham Board.