Cupar Arts would like to announce that our organisation is now running under a brand new committee and board of trustees!
After 5 years of successful festivals in Cupar the board of trustees and committee felt it was time for a change, making the decision to step down at the AGM in January 2017. A new cohort of trustees has now been appointed, who are committed to continuing this innovative festival and ensure it reflects the cultural aims of Cupar’s community and key stakeholders.
Cupar Arts Festival has always had an emphasis on presenting work that engages, inspires and challenges audiences, by artists working over a broad range of contexts from across the UK and overseas. Its curated programme has integrated art at the heart of Cupar’s local community with art projects which form a trail of artworks and events in unused buildings and interior and exterior spaces in and around the town.
The festival has grown substantially over the years both in size and numbers, with recorded audiences of approximately 12,000 in 2013, continuing to build upon previous events (10,000 approx. in 2011). Audience research demonstrates that the public profile and appreciation of the festival continues to improve nationally year upon year with increased awareness benefitting the participating artists, the local economy and perception of the town. In 2013, many people stated that they still could not believe that ‘something of this calibre’ was taking place in Cupar, with others saying that they thought it was a fantastic event for Fife and for raising awareness of and engagement with the arts in Scotland.
With our new committee and board now in place, the organisation is already beginning to make changes and plans for the future. In keeping with our aims to stay connected with, and reflect the culture of our community, we will be sending out regular updates via email newsletter and social media to keep our audience in the know. We would also be keen to hear from the people of Cupar, whether having involvement with Cupar Arts before or not, as we’re keen to begin conversations as we look towards planning Cupar Arts Festival 2018!