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Friday March 14th


The village is well known for its arts festival but, every April, many resident artists open their studios for a special Easter weekend; the village galleries, each with their distinctive style, are also open with their new exhibitions. We hope you will come to visit.

Guest artist Morag Muir takes up residence in the festival’s gallery space, ART@47, from 18th-26th April with an exciting exhibition of new paintings.

Barbara Fleming’s studio shows an array of knitted accessories while over the street is Jean Dakin’s patio of paintings. Backgate Gallery is around the corner, Funky Scottish is next door and The Coach House Pittenweem sits at the top of School Wynd across the road leading to the harbour and One Mid Shore. There is plenty to see!

A walk along the shore takes in more venues with Camac Jewellery, Weft Textile Studio, James & Caroline Ward's jewellery and painters Marlene Patrick and Heather Cunningham.

The late John Nelson’s studio, with paintings and prints, is easily found on the east side of the village. Ovenstone Studios and the Cobalt Gallery, a little to the north, are well worth discovering.

Venues are generally open from 11-5 and most are within a short walking distance. Parking is not a problem. Download a map or pick one up from any venue. 


Download the map underneath to help you find your way around. Just click on the map.

Friday March 28th

Vacancies for:

Gallery assistants 

Assistants for infrastructure Team


Gallery Assistant description

Duties include:

Welcoming visitors

Maintaining the security of artworks in the Gallery during opening hours

Being responsible for opening & closing the Gallery, housekeeping as required

Responding to queries from the public about the work and artist on show

Basic administrative tasks involved in selling the art work and merchandise

The chosen candidate will have an interest in contemporary art, effective communication skills, good general health and be reliable, punctual and well presented

The Preview Evening (7-9 pm) welcomes visitors with wine which you will help to serve

You will be part of a small team which means co-operation is vital. The ideal applicant will be committed to art and keen to learn more.

Your duties will be coordinated and supported by the box office manager and staff.

To apply, please send your covering letter and CV with full contact details to:

Barbara Fleming, Pittenweem Arts Festival, 47 High St, Pittenweem, Fife KY10 2PG or by email to befleming@hotmail.com who can provide further details about the post.

The deadline for applications is 18 April 2014.


Infrastructure Assistant description

Assistants to work with the Infrastructure Manager for car parking duties, equipment moving and venue preparation for exhibitions and events both pre and post Festival. You must be physically fit and able to work in a busy team. Further details can be obtained from Philip Mould: p.mould557@btinternet.com


Saturday March 21st

Recent media coverage

It's always good to be in the media and we get our fair share of plugs and mentions. However, the recent article in the March issue of The Oldie  was particularly satisfying. It was an enthusiastic piece that well covered the Festival and we're sure will lead to increased interest. This same month saw another item in the Conde Nast Traveller magazine.









Thursday March 20th

Knitting Community Craft Project Update



Wednesday March 5th

Bursary Applications Deadline Extended to March 15th

We've had a healthy number of applications so far but thought it benefical to extend the previous closing date to March 15th. This will also allow a number of late enquiries to make the new deadline.


Monday December 2nd


 Malcolm Cheape, local artist and regular exhibitor at the Festival, helped Primary 6/7 at Pittenweem Primary School to produce this group of cheery Christmas paintings. They were on show in ART@47 on Thursday when the school also sang carols in the High Street. Santa's Grotto also materialised in ART@47.

The exhibition will go up again for a longer stay on Saturday December 7th and Sunday 8th 11-4.00pm.

The artists, reading from the top are:

Alexandra Birrell, Amy Smith, Amy Brown, Bethia Swan, Billy Howie, Bruce Bowman, Caitlyn McNally, Euan Lillico, Owen McNally, Kirsty Bamrick, Lewis Herd, Maura Bush, Megan Adamson, Rory Hamilton, Ryan Gray, Sam Mutch and Stacey Blacklaw.





There's a fantastic opportunity to buy a Christmas Card made up of the paintings;  available at the exhibition. Copies will also be available from Funky Scottish and The Coach House Gallery from Monday 9th December.

Monday September 30th

Couthie Cushions raise a comfortable £1720 for charity


Pittenweem Arts Festival Community Craft Project completed its fifth year and more people than ever have contributed. This year not only knitters and crocheters took part, but quilters were also invited. They gave the cushion making project a new dimension with their craft.In all 112 cushions were made of which two-thirds were sold. Previous projects have been fish, tea cosies, hats and flowers.

The money raised this year went to Alzheimer Scotland, who will use their donation locally and East Neuk First Responders. They each received a cheque of £860.

To follow our projects log into the website of our local wool shop: www.thewoollybrew.co.uk.

Pittenweem Arts Festival Community Craft Projects have raised a total of £10,139 for local charities over the past 5 years.


Anne-Marijke Querido

Project co-ordinator


Tuesday August 20th


petites mains


We are delighted to open Art@47 to welcome the Petites Mains pop-up shop.

Featuring paintings, textiles, jewellery, cards and curios by Fife artists, Jennifer di Folco, Ann Landrock and Ruth Stiven.






Monday August 26th to Sunday September 1st


Monday 2nd September to Sunday 8th. 

10.00-6.00 daily








Saturday August 17th

In response to a number of enquiries, the dates for the 2014 Festival are: Saturday August 2nd to Sunday August 10th.

Friday August 16th

Philip at the car park; probably the first person you would meet at the Festival and the last as you left. We were just able to deal with the large number of visitors, especially at the opening weekend; unfortunately, there were some delays when many cars arrived at the same time.

Apart from these hitches, the festival ran splendidly. Not just our opinion but the one voiced by a great many festival- goers. It's difficult to get an accurate estimation of visitors but judging by the car park, it was probably our largest attendance yet. 

Artists throughout the festival reported healthy sales and were glad of an opportunity to discuss their work with buyers and the others who were interested. We were pleased too with the success of our headline invited artists and the talks they gave.

All in all, blessed with the most favourable weather we've had for a few years, things seemed to work out well for a very large number of people.

For us, the organisers of the festival, everything was made possible by the hard work put in by our volunteers, the Festival office staff and the infrastucture team: many thanks to everyone involved.

Get in touch with us if you have something to say about your visit to the Festival.

The group below were only too happy.


Thursday August 8th

STV ran a short item on Wednesday featuring enamellist Lewis Banks, storyteller John Taylor and artists Malcolm Cheape and Tim Cockburn.

Monday August 5th

Festival Review

Overused phrase it may be, but here’s another festival that really does have something for everyone

This is how Sue Wilson ends an enthusiastic review in Monday's Scotsman. You can read it in full here. After a glorious weekend which provided one of our largest visitor numbers, the exhibiting artists still have work for sale. Or, just come and look around: Pittenweem's a marvellous place.

There's still time to book for Keith Brockie's talk and  Brigid Collins workshop; see the programme for further details of these and other events.


Monday July 29th

Open Art Exhibition Entries and more

We've had a record 56 artists submitting 112 works of art to the Open Art Exhibition; submissions closed at the weekend. It's good to see that there are so many people taking advantage of this rare opportunity to display work to thousands of visitors. Reports indicate that there are some really impressive pieces at very reasonable prices.

We're beginning the hanging of the exhibitions of our invited artists and throughout the village there are many more artists preparing their shows. The bunting's going up, the traffic signs are in place, the car park is getting white-lined and so on...

Ticket sales for events are going strongly, with Ruth Robinson's Geowalk being the first to sell out. Take a look at our programme to see what you'd enjoy.


News Archive

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.



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.

Photograph by Jack Pritchard



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