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ABOUT

Cupar Arts was established in 2007.  We aim to bring arts events that engage, inspire and challenge Cupar with an eye on internationally and nationally recognised artists, as well as an appreciation of outstanding local creative talent. Among the internationally acclaimed artists, we have featured are Richard Demarco, Will Maclean, Kate Downie and David Mach, and musicians Rab Noakes, King Creosote, Pictish Trail, Lau and many more.  Through our events, we’ve established Cupar as a stimulating forum for the arts, using a range of diverse spaces including historic buildings, closes and countryside to give a fresh perspective on familiar places.   We believe that the arts are essential for vibrant community life and we have a central role in helping to create a buzz in Cupar and bring the community together.

As a registered SCIO (SC043402), we rely on fundraising.  We work closely with other community groups to deliver sustainable, community-focused events.

Meet the Team

Margaret Robertson

Chair since 2018, and an original founding member of Cupar Arts, Margaret studied MA Hons Fine Art at Edinburgh University and College of Art, and later, Pg Cert Community Education. She has been involved in community art projects around Fife for many years.

Mairi MacGregor

Mairi MacGregor has been a Trustee of Cupar Arts since 2017, having enjoyed and supported Cupar Arts Festival events as a local resident.  A graduate of the Open University, Mairi has a degree in Humanities with Literature.  She works in education.

Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy has been a Trustee of Cupar Arts since 2017. A graduate in Interior and Spatial Design in Dundee with a Post Graduate in IT from the University of St Andrews. She works in Digital Heritage and Interactive Museum Exhibits.

 Ongoing Activities

Our events, explorations, festivals and projects have received strong community support since we began in 2007.  We believe the arts can stimulate creativity, improve health and wellbeing, and increase pride and confidence in the individual and wider community, combatting rural isolation and social deprivation.   

We aim to continue with regular EDEN events, the Arts Trail and other community projects such as film and cinema.  In 2020, through Fife Council grant funding, we have purchased a bespoke picture hanging system for the lower hall of the Corn Exchange.  We look forward to showcasing this with an exhibition in the near future.

Permanent Arts Space

We aim to establish a permanent Arts Centre in Cupar, in collaboration with other community groups, which would serve and reflect the vibrancy and rich, culturally significant life and history of Cupar and our surrounding area. 

Cupar Arts Objectives

  1. To promote, develop and sustain the arts and arts activity in and around Cupar.
  2. To organise and develop arts events, projects and initiatives.
  3. To support, involve and showcase artists drawn from a national and international base with an emphasis on contemporary art and innovation.
  4. To promote contemporary art as a way of enhancing and strengthening the local community, and to attract a national and international audience.
  5. To secure appropriate funding for such events and initiatives.