August 3rd - 11th 2019
A celebration of the visual arts taking place in galleries homes studios and other venues throughout Pittenweem
Invited Artists & Bursary Award Archive 1982-2018
Early Years of the Festival
Gala Day 1984
In 1985 the Festival began to invite a personality to open the combined festiva and Gala. That year Sheena MacDonald, journalist and broadcaster, welcomed visitors from a rostrum erected at the edge of the harbour by the fish-market. When the boats returned from their trip, each boat first landed their fisher lassie who wore the name of the boat on a sash over her “posh" evening dress. Sheena then presented the Cup to the winner.A one-man play about the arrival of St Fillan, specially written for the Festival by Tom McGrath, was performed in St Fillan’s Cave. St Fillan arrived by small fishing boat and, dressed as a monk, clambered up the ladder, accompanied by a small boy playing a fiddle.
In the Granary that year of 1985, an exhibition of photographs by Oscar Marzaroli was shown. In Kellie Lodging The Smoke Box by Keith McIntyre, illuminated only by the light of smoking fish, was made into an installation.
Press articles were more numerous now and in 1982 the Scotsman had devoted a colour section to the Festival.
Artists who have shown at the Festival include Keith Brockie; Dorothy Stirling; Richard Demarco; Robert Callendar; Elizabeth Ogilvie; Joan Eardley; Lil Neilson; Jurek Putter; John Bellany. Visiting poets include: Norman MacCaig; Ian Crichton Smith; George Bruce and poet laureate Edwin Morgan.
Oscar Marzaroli exhibition
Reinhard Behrens who has lived and worked in Pittenweem for about 30 years made the burning galleon when invited artist in 2000.