A New Lease of Life

Cupar Burgh Chamber

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Cupar’s former Burgh Chambers will get a new role as an exhibition space during this year’s Cupar Arts Festival, as it is all set to house the works of Charles Avery and Ilana Halperin.

The familiar pink, domed building, home to the town clock, sits on the corner of St Catherine Street and Crossgate, and was probably built by the former Royal Burgh in the 1820s.

But the building has lain empty for some time, and at the end of last year Fife Council held discussions to come up with a new use for it, suggesting holiday lets, residential accommodation or office space.

Although something has to be done with Cupar’s Burgh Chambers, before that happens, Charles and Ilana will be putting the unique interior space of the Burgh Chambers to exciting new uses.

Charles’ ‘Sea Monster’ sculpture is a washed up, dried out creature from another time. The work forms part of his lifelong project The Islanders, a detailed description of a fictional world that operates in parallel to our own universe, realised in drawing, painting, sculpture and text.

Meanwhile, Ilana’s project Mineral Residents is a new collection of physical geology for the Burgh Chambers Cabinet Room, set to feature images of local geology combined with objects to prompt contemplation, and geological sculptures. She invites us to look at geology in a whole new light.

Watch this space for more news about unusual uses of buildings in and around Cupar during the festival.