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Our external partnerships are critical to us and help extend the services we offer. In the past year we have secured more than £12,000 of financial support from Shell and Muller Wiseman and are actively developing relationships with several other businesses whose priorities we complement. A special mention here goes to the tireless work of The Friends of Kirkcaldy Galleries who continue to raise funds to support the Museum.
Over 240 talented amateur artists from across the Kingdom created work to be displayed in the 2017 Fife Art Exhibition at Lochgelly Centre. This is Shell’s longest running community sponsorship and their support makes this exhibition a real favourite. The six winning artists each received a £200 Shell award and saw their works displayed in Kirkcaldy Galleries. They were then presented to NHS Fife for permanent display in a variety of health care venues. 2017’s winners were Ann West, Mhairi Lafferty, Marjorie Rae, Jock Ferguson, Roy McGowan and Millie Dickinson.
Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards (VACMA) in Fife operates as a partnership between Fife Cultural Trust, Fife Council, Fife Contemporary and Creative Scotland. Its purpose is to support professional artists’ creative development and therefore make their work stronger and their practice more sustainable. In 2017, two artists received Development Programme Awards and sixteen artists received Project Grants.
We support a large number of local amateur societies and dance schools to bring over 200 shows to Fife welcoming over 50,000 audience members across Fife to see such work as Footloose, The Magic Flute, The Wedding Singer, Starlight Express and of course Les Miserables
Pecha Kucha was devised in Tokyo as a networking event for creative people. During a Pecha Kucha evening, a number of presenters make an elevator pitch for their business or idea by showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each, thus the title ‘Pecha Kucha 20×20’.
Fife Cultural Trust has been running Pecha Kucha events in Dunfermline as part of the ‘Create in Fife’ programme for two years now. Good Pecha Kucha presentations uncover the unexpected. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different. These events are designed to celebrate, inform and enhance the local creative sector. They have become very popular indeed.
Presentations are filmed and presented on the Pecha Kucha international website, this way they can reach a worldwide audience. Since opening in May 2017, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries felt an appropriate home to host this event.
During this financial year, and 24 presenters have showcased their work in this dynamic way, with over 300 people in attendance. Our presenters have included visual artists, musicians, storytellers, poets, illustrators, exhibition curators and even a puppeteer!
As a result of taking part, our presenters have been able to raise their profile within the local creative community, often being offered work opportunities, exhibitions, commissions and funding.
2017/18 has been another busy year for the Partnerships & Creative Team. As a team we support our colleagues across the Trust as well as local organisations and a range of partners to develop, plan and deliver a vast array of activities. We have helped our colleagues across the Trust to deliver projects, facilitate consultation sessions and even host a Showcase event which highlighted the huge amount of services and activities we offer as a Trust. We have worked with teams across the Trust to deliver the celebrations for Carnegie Hall’s 80th Birthday, as well as the opening events for our fantastic new Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries. We have supported the Go Glenrothes group towards the planning of a year of celebrations for the town, as well as being involved in the planning of the first ever Fife Pride which took place in the summer of 2017 which saw over 3,000 people enjoy the fun, including the Youth Zone within the Adam Smith Theatre. Children and young people have featured in our work too as we have worked in partnership with organisations such as Starcatchers to provide an amazing project for young parents; YMTS to deliver musical theatre classes and an amazing group of local teachers who deliver our Kids on Stage offer during the summer.
Finally we worked with local creatives to deliver Cultural Prescriptions – a project which offers free creative classes across Fife to people dealing with stress, anxiety and depression.
We love the variety of our day to day and if you would like to have a chat with us about an idea or are looking for some further information then please do not hestate to get in touch.
FifeSpace Galleries in Rothes Halls and Lochgelly Centre hosted a varied exhibition programme, which included contemporary visual arts from established local, national and international artists. Remains in the Landscape by Clare Yarrington and Pauline McGee showed in FifeSpace, Rothes Halls between October and December 2017. This fascinating and emotional show focused on the way that weathering changes abandoned buildings and the natural landscape.