Allison & Bray
Mistress of the House
This collaborative installation by Elaine Allison and Pat Bray drew the viewers attention to the beauty of the building’s characteristics – brickwork, windows, and the encroaching plant life. The artists were inspired by the pressure and force of the ivy against the window of the disused warehouse and the beautiful light filtering through it.
The Angel of Callange
This video-work showed a recreation of Vincenzo Lunardi’s historic hot-air balloon flight between Edinburgh and Cupar in 1785. The project was selected by Dalziel & Scullion to receive an award offered by Cupar Arts which covered project expenses.
Alan Grieve, Kenny Reid, Peter Haining, Jason Nelson
Fifeman, curated by Jenny Brownrigg in association with DJCAD
This exhibition was an unconventional exploration of the psyche of ‘Fifeman’ by four male artists all hailing from towns inFife. All four artists utilise myth, storytelling along with the people and places of Fife in their work. ‘Fifeman’ presented the work of Dunfermline man Alan Grieve, Kelty lads Jason Nelson and Kevin Reid, with Peter Haining who was schooled at Bell Baxter, Cupar and BuckhavenHigh School. All Fifemen attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design,Dundee. The exhibition title came from Pete Horobin’s work ‘Fifeman’ (1984), a short film with a voice over read by the artist, which plays on Fife dialect and slang, containing a concrete poetry list of all the towns in Fife that ‘Fifeman’ hails from. This exhibition was curated by the Exhibitions Department, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
Dalziel + Scullion
The Dalziel + Scullion studio creates artworks in photography, video, sound and sculpture that explore new artistic languages around the subject of ecology. The work strives to visualise aspects of our shared environment from alternative perspectives and to re-establish and re-evaluate our engagement with the non-human species we live alongside.
Genus was the culmination of Dalziel + Scullion’s Fellowship with the National Media Museum, during which hundreds of images from the museum’s archive were collected to create this work. An endless stream of images explores the breadth and complexity of human settlements on earth in this large-scale video-projection, which was shown in the main hall of the old school building on Millgate. This was the first time that “Genus” had been shown in Scotland, and as a single screen projection.
Dalziel + Scullion have been selected for important national and international exhibitions, including the British Art Show, the Venice Biennale and Artes Mundi Prize, and have been awarded numerous awards and prizes including the Scottish Arts Council’s prestigious Creative Scotland Award.
Dalziel + Scullion were the 2009 Cupar Arts Festival Invited Artists.
It is difficult to get a real sense of this beautiful interactive installation from photographs. Clash Close is one of the most special closes in Cupar, wide at one end and becoming very narrow towards the other. Tim installed a row of illuminated photographs along the wall of the close which the viewer followed, whilst listening to a murmered narrative. Eventually, visitors to the close walked out into the light at the end.
Alexander Guy and William Caulfield
El Paso vs El Paso
Cupar Arts Festival hosted the official launch of El Paso vs El Paso, an exhibition of both painting and live music conceived by artists Alexander Guy and William Caulfield, which ran concurrently in two venues. Caulfield and Guy employed a wild west theme of gun-slingers and country and western music to remind people of a time when “men were men and women were women; the east neuk meets the wild west”.
Will Maclean & Marian Leven
Internationally-acclaimed artist Will Maclean has long-standing connections with Cupar.
Will Maclean RSA RSW RGI was born in Inverness in 1941, and was an art teacher inFife schools, including Bell Baxter, Cupar where he taught from 1969 until 1979. His works are in various public collections including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Art Gallery, The British Museum and the National Art Collection.
Along with artist Marian Leven RSA RSW, Will was Invited Artist at the first Cupar Arts Festival.
Elm, (Beeswax, Red Ochre, Water, Homoeopathic dilution of Menstrual Blood) Crow’s Wings, Hare’s Ears, Harris Tweed Quilted Woollen Blanket, Mead, Cup.
“She drinks a cup of mead and enters Arbor Vitae, wrapped in the blanket with Hare’s ears and Crow’s wings. After 1 hour she returns.”
Karen Spy’s work pays attention to integrity and healing through attentive labour and ritual process. ‘Mindful Actions’ incorporate deep ecology, myth and significant symbolism; these actions are often ‘Emergency Interventions’ – Social Sculpture, with the sole intention of restoring balance.
Yuck n Yum
Yyada (Yuck n Yum Art Distribution Unit)
Dundee-based Yuck ‘n Yum is a distribution conduit for emerging artists. They promote local, national and international artists through a quarterly art ‘zine, as well as organising events in and around Dundee.
At the Cupar Arts Festival 2009 YNY gave away free art. They commissioned artists, past contributors to the zine, to create limited-run special edition artworks ranging from pots of marmalade to prints.
The artists were: Luke Collins, Sanna Dyker, Derek Lodge, Anna Orton, Sam Spreckley, Andrew Maclean, Amy Todman, Kevin McPhee, Nadia Rossi, Ben Robinson, Ewan Manson and Gayle Meikle.
The works were distributed to the general public by the Yuck ‘n Yum Art Distribution Agents (YYADA for short). The distribution team was comprised of volunteers, who shuttled between the festival venues, each easily identifiable by their Yuck ‘n Yum branded skip hat, knapsack and sunny disposition. The agents handed out the free art whilst informing the public of the ‘artist of the day’ and the festival.
Click here to read their festival blog.