Cupar Arts EDEN 15 – 23 June 2019
Arts Trail 2019
Wulfgar the Bard
Reasons To Be Cheeful
DCA Childrens Workshop
The Coaltown Daisies
Feedback for 2019 EDEN
Cupar Arts Trail 2019
Celie Byrne’s portrait paintings display a combination of compelling realism and storytelling, drawing you into an intriguing world of the surreal and the everyday in a striking juxtaposition of reality and imagination.
WULFGAR THE BARD
aka Mike Middleton is an archaeologist working with Scotland’s national heritage service. Mike is also a local artist based in Dairsie working on a personal creative project called, ‘The Chronicle of Mercia’. Recently nicknamed “Trump Tapestry” by the Cupar Arts Committee, the chronicle records current events in America as if they had taken place in early medieval Britain.
As part of the Cupar Arts Eden 2019 festival two Fife based artists have been commissioned to create an artwork housed in the Corn Exchange building for the duration of the event. Bearing the title SKELF it is a sculptural performance space crafted in wood and glass, providing a stage for musicians and artistes. The installation includes an interactive ‘Sonic Chamber’ where members of the public are invited to enter and immerse themselves in colour and sound. The walls of the chamber are designed to touch activate a selection of recordings taken in the community. The audience member will explore the liberty of touching an artwork while composing a unique collection of sounds. The artists have worked with local community groups to gather and process a bank of recordings which provide the activated sounds. SKELF was conceived and designed by Mark Small and Carl E. Smyth who have collaborated on this project.They have a wide creative skills base including sound production and set construction. Both artists are alumni of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
Phill became a familiar face when he started as team captain on BBC Two’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks in 1996, which went on to run for 19 years. Now a resident of the Kingdom of Fife, Phill continues to tour and explore his passion for art.
CUPAR ART CLUB
Open Doors 1-4 pm
15th – 21st June
MASIE & MAC
KATY MCKIDD STEVENSON
Katy is an artist working in Foodieash, near Cupar in Fife. She also teaches Art and Design in Perth High School. Katy was brought up in Leuchars and attended Madras College in St Andrews and then Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee 1983-87. She is married with three children, who she often uses as models. Katy paints portraits and figurative paintings from small to large scale, as well as working in inks, mixed media and recently lithography. Katy loves to explore the area between realism and abstraction, and experiment with ideas, materials and sub-conscious derived narratives, which are gradually revealing interesting personal connections and meanings.
MIRREY FINE ART
Kirsten is a full time professional artist with a passion for sharing art with others. Mirrey Fine Art is a gallery space filled with contemporary art and sculptures with a wide selection of products to suit all budgets. There are open edition small prints, limited editions, one off pieces and more.
MIRREY FINE ART
– My artwork is an exploration into our world; who we are, our past, present and all the possibilities that lie ahead. Our experiences make us who we are, they colour our perspective on life and how we see the world. The fascination for me is how we all have a unique way of perceiving it, from different cultures to different people living in the same place.
Glenrothes based artist with a broad skill set in painting, drawing and street art. Donna’s background is in Multimedia Design – graduating in traditional Art and Design at College and gaining over a decade of experience working with educators to develop engaging interactive learning content for students. Donna took the decision to pursue a freelance career as an artist and designer, opening up opportunities to work with blue chip companies and freedom to explore different mediums and locations – from canvas to shopfront murals.
THE WEE PIN CUSHION
– I studied Graphic Design at Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Following my graduation I re-ignited my passion for painting. I also began experimenting with Embroidery and Photography. I am inspired by the natural world around me, i find that even something as simple walking through my local park stimulates my creativity. I am invigorated by the colours around me, which is reflected in my work. I enjoy variety when working and will often paint or embroider on different pieces simultaneously.
– I am a Scottish artist, working across many disciplines. I draw upon life experiences as both a source of inspiration and curiosity. My works explore colour, light and sound, all of which share the fundamental vibration of nature and are ever present during my journeys around the sun. I utilise these elements to create kaleidoscopic environments, using both traditional techniques and cutting-edge processes, which often re-cycle found objects and vintage technology. Politically aware with a strong sense of social justice, I endeavour to maintain a level of community engagement in all projects I undertake.
CARL E. SMYTH
– To a greater or lesser degree, we all experience boundaries. Growing up on the Northern Irish border in the 1970s presented a series of boundaries to the body, the spirit and place. Even the vast sky was intersected by helicopters spying on the country and its inhabitants. Listening devices at automated border crossings captured speech and eves-dropped on dialogue. Where the military halted, the church intervened. Controlling and chasing down the mind with cordons of morality, subdividing the internal landscape, like the patches of stony land left to the impoverished farmers of 18c Ireland. This legacy of control and defiance finds an outlet in my work. Instances of dramatic occasion, shock or transgression, push the viewer towards curiosity. Tension points signal imminent change that might happen out-with the work and engaging with this activates our agency. My experience creating theatre and film sets informs my skill and technical ability. It also engages with façade and what happens behind the curtain. Through the choice and arrangement of my materials I hope to tease out moments of surprise and perhaps that seeding of epiphany which permits the viewer to cross their own borders.
COUNTRY FAYRE FLORIST
Jennifer Rae graduated in Ceramics and Sculpture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. After completing a post-graduate, scholarship, travelling scholarship and teacher training, she taught in service children’s schools for many years in Malta and Germany.
On returning to UK, she worked in England in colleges of F.E. as well as in state schools as a 2nd in charge of creative arts faculty, head of department, A level examiner, BTEC tutor and assessor. All the while, she has produced her own work and has exhibited widely south of the border, not only in her capacity as a ceramics specialist but also in 3D design, printmaking and portrait heads in 2D and 3D.
Now that she is retired and back in her native Scotland, she continues to make art in a variety of disciplines. She is a member of both the Scottish Potters’ Association and of the Craftsman Potters’ Association and is still involved in tutoring ceramics and sculpture at occasional venues. Jennifer has exhibited for many years with Open Studios North Fife and will take commissions when appropriate.
She can be reached on email@example.com or on 01334 655002.
PETE CURA FRAMING
Nichola is an award winning artist graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 2007. Whilst at art school Nichola was awarded the John Kinross Scholarship which enabled her to study in the city of Florence, Italy and also won the Scottish Further Education Unit Prize both awarded by the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Most recently Nichola has been awarded Artist in Residence for StAnza 2019, (Scotlands International Poetry Festival) for her depiction of books.
IT’S SEW EASY
Margaret makes beautiful, colourful, decorative pieces, each one unique, as well as stained glass window and door panels, mirrors and lamps. Having taught stained glass for 35 years in the Cupar and St Andrews areas, and exhibited with the Scottish Glass Society, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience and can make commissioned pieces to suit everyone.
DOTT THOMSONS HARDWARE
– I have been involved in the arts and education for many years, but am now concentrating fully on generating my own artwork. I have a purpose built studio in my garden, which provides space, light and a place of concentration and creativity. I have exhibited at RSW, Off the Rails Arthouse and in my own studio during Open Studios North Fife. I have carried out commissions and have work in private collections throughout the UK and Australia.
I create textured floral compositions and quirky animals from fused glass, as well as characterful cottage scenes using beach pottery, rusty metal, driftwood and recycled fabric.
LUVIANS BOTTLE SHOP
– I graduated from Grays school of art in 2000 and have been painting and teaching art ever since. I am a former lecturer at Adam Smith and Elmwood college and I now run Eden Art in St Andrews where I teach a variety of fine art classes. This is also where I have my art studio. I who loves to use symbolism and explores themes of meaning, morality, identity and destiny. I want to create beautiful work that speaks to people and that is attractive. I use all media from pastels to oils, acrylic and inks.
YMCA CAR PARK
WEE NEUK CERAMICS
Wee Neuk Ceramics makes decorative wall-hanging plaques, wall-hanging pots, cheese and butter bells and decorative bowls. All pieces are made of weather and frost proof stoneware clay and then glazed and fired.
– By nature, I am curious. I see beauty in small things, be it the wing of an insect or the texture of a wasps’ nest. I record moments and impressions. I am a photographer who enjoys making images as much as taking them, so I work with the historical camera-less processes such as cyanotype, lumens and photograms as well as with digital. I try to capture the overlapping contingencies of time and place through photography. This might result in prints being made at the seashore or at a river, using natural elements such as the action of the tide on sea and sand. I love to be outdoors and the sun is central to much of my work, primarily cyanotypes and lumen prints.
KNOCKERS JUGS & CHESTS
TRUDI SCHALLER MCKAY
– Wife, Mother & Grandparent who has lived in Cupar for around 4 years previous living in Dunning. Although born and raised in Scotland both Trudi’s parents are of Germanic heritage settling in Scotland after the war so she brings a multicultural aspect to her work. She is a qualified Complimentary health practitioner with an interest in holist and natural therapies. She has a great deal of experience of working with people with a wide range of disabilities. She has recently formed Glass Harmony having taken up glass art /design despite having a lifelong love of glass and the effects light has on its colours and reflections. She is inspired by Pictish & Celtic symbols as well as a love of nature which is reflected in much of her designs. Her artisan designs are unique one off pieces often blends of many colours in interesting patterns.
SCOTTS LADIES WEAR
– Jill’s work depicts memories of life events. In recent years handmade dolls evolved into cocooned, encased, and surrounded figures and portraits using found dolls, crochet, ceramics and plaster. These works are memorials to concealment of thoughts and feelings, deceiving the outside world that we are coping, while also showing emotional transformation and strength. Using crochet as a representation for ‘female’ crafts and the historic domestic ideal, Jill makes strong, nurturing work from her own experiences of motherhood; worries, trauma, guilt, regret, potential societal projections and expectations. Within the artists most recent work there are goddesses, madonnas and celestial beings depicting out of body experiences; disconnection from reality; absence of baby, nurture and joy; but also revelations, transcendence and freedom from what has come before. Over the last two years Jill has been exploring how clay can be used as a canvas to express these ideas using drawing and painting on ceramic sculptures, plates and vessels.
NAPPY PIN TOYMASTER
Grant makes unique, detailed, observational artworks inspired by old allotment huts, sheds and farm buildings, often reflecting a bygone era of a typical Cupar-area farm, now in a state of graceful decay beyond their heyday. He uses old painted wood, rusty metal and beer cans to create his imaginative and quirky pieces, finished with a distressed appearance, to augment the atmosphere of his interpretation and memories of rural North East Fife and beyond. He has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition.
– Self taught artist from Fife. 19. I enjoy creating large scale expressive pieces with mixed media using messy lines and paint splatters. I also create more realistic paintings on glass and mirrors. I have been recognised by the John Byrne Awards for a glass painting I created in response to the Westminster terror attack.
– Water colour, mixed media, acrylic and collage, inspired by countryside landscapes.
FISHER & DONALDSON
A graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Donald has worked with clay for many years. His work is mainly thrown and hand-built stoneware featuring an East Neuk theme, inspired by the Fife villages and coastline near to where he lives, often with a humorous slant. Donald exhibits in many galleries throughout Scotland and his work is in the collection of The Princess Royal, which was commissioned by the Chamber of Commerce for Princess Anne.
Nature and natural form, the gobsmacking beauty to be found on a pheasants feathers, the way the light falls, the intricate pattern. To stop, look and really see how nature works is what draws me in close to observe and interpret.
Billy Caulfield is a multi media artist and musician.
He has worked in a variety of mediums which explore classical disciplines along with contemporary technology.
His current work is inspired by the ready-mades of the Dada movement and the influence of Arte Povera.
Jenni is a photographic artist who etches images into the top layers of her photos, exposing the hidden colours underneath. No ink or paint is used. She is inspired by the concept of hidden worlds, and combines the everyday world, as picked up by her camera, with the fantastical realms of the human imagination. Jenni uses her pictures as illustrations for the books she writes about mythical creatures; who can easily be seen if only you know how to look.
Artist working with multi-media and stitched textiles, featuring free-machine quilting and embroidery.
Ailsa Magnus MRSS graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1989. After completing her postgraduate studies, she spent 4 years working at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire. Since 1994 Ailsa has established a solid reputation in the field of public art. Her public commissions across Scotland, Northern England, London and Wales have included: carved wood and stone sculptures, carved brick relief for walls, cast relief floor-scapes and decorative paving. Her most recent works have been cast in cast-iron both free-standing and ground based. The motivation for her work is the opportunity to make and place works of an enduring quality, both aesthetically and literally in the environment.
“Works which enhance, inform, cause discussion or debate and have a relevance to the lives of the community. This is what I strive to develop with every new project that presents itself.”
THE WEE KILT SHOP
Currently Chair of Scottish Potters Association, as a Ceramic artist, Christine loves the therapeutic aspect of her works and enjoys what she creates with clay. Each step of the process is a journey of creativity and a feeling of accomplishment.
THE PINTED KITCHEN
Paintings inspired by nature, landscapes and experiences and recalled from memory. The result is mostly semi abstract, in vibrant or muted colours depending on the mood I perceived.
Currently Cupar Arts Chair, Margaret graduated in MA Hons Fine Art from Edinburgh University and College of Art in 1978. She has exhibited occasionally in Fife and Lothian, including Edinburgh’s 369 Gallery, taught art in the community, and been involved in numerous community arts projects around Fife. With a love of colour, she paints mainly in oils or watercolour, aiming to capture the essence of a subject in an impressionistic expressive style.
PETE CURA FRAMING
Tina is a painter working in acrylic and mixed media. She is influenced by the elemental nature of her surroundings, and the intrinsic connections between the seasons and the land. The essence of her work is the abstraction of this connection.