Arts Festival

August 3rd - 11th 2019

A celebration of the visual arts taking place in galleries homes studios and other venues throughout Pittenweem

About the Festival

Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife is home to around 30 artists and craft designers. The festival was begun in 1982 by several of these resident artists. Each August since then, it has grown to include 100 or so artists and makers from all over Britain who exhibit in houses, studios, galleries and public spaces throughout the village.


To view art in these surroundings makes a refreshing comparison to the constraints of conventional galleries.

This area of Fife’s coast line is renowned as a painters’ paradise, with the wide vista of sea and sky contrasting with the close knit cottages and steep stone wynds going down to the harbour. It’s a beautiful area to explore with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Over 9 days, we offer our 25, 000 visitors a wide variety of exhibitions, workshops, talks, children’s events and evening performances, all related to the arts. Come and meet the artists, listen to free talks or just stroll around the streets and wynds and pop in to any venue that takes your fancy. Our stewarded car park makes parking easy and the colourful festival brochure is your complete guide and magazine for planning your festival visit.

VisitScotland chose Pittenweem Arts Festival  to feature in their TV commercial for the Year of Creative Scotland 2012, a clear example of the appeal of Pittenweem. In bringing international art and artists to this rural, seaside village, we hope to inspire and surprise you.

Running the Festival

Chair: Jean Duncan

Treasurer: Fiona Cathcart

Company Secretary: Kerr Cowan

Board Members: Barbara Fleming; Susan WInton; Simon Learoyd

Associates: James Ursell (Infrastructure)

Bradley Bailey (Design; Brochure; Website)


The Board is indebted to many individuals who give time and expertise to ensure that there is a festival. The enthusiasm of artists and visitors creates a unique atmosphere and we thank them all for their support. The advertisers in the brochure have supported us generously as have individuals through personal donations.


We also express our gratitude to Fife Council for the considerable assistance and support given by its officials and councillors at our regular liaison meetings. The advice and help of the Harbour Masters and the office of the Fishermen's Mutual Association is invaluable in managing a busy harbour area. Coordination of these various bodies is the job of our Infrastructure Manager James Ursell and his team who deal with everything from car-parking to toilets; they also deal with people.


Thanks to Pittenweem Parish Church, the Episcopal Church, Christ the King Catholic Church and Coastline Community Church for the use of their premises for events and artists' venues in support of the Festival.


And most importantly, we thank the residents and businesses of Pittenweem who not only provide the volunteer help needed but give behind-the-scenes support in a myriad of ways. The  tolerance and patience shown when your village is turned into a festival cannot be underestimated.