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Creative magic is made through the power of collaboration. Our libraries, theatres, museums and galleries are working together, in one single Cultural Trust, building a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Fife is one of the first cultural trusts in Scotland to have a dedicated Creative Development Team, acting as a catalyst, adding creative value by weaving the golden threads of collaboration throughout our projects and partnerships.
Partnerships with external organisations also made creative magic in 2017/18. Witness David Tennant and Sandi Toksvig performing to sold out audiences, following in the footsteps of previous speakers, Kofi Annan and Ed Balls. 2018 also saw the first Addams Family Fun Day take place offering free films and a wide range of hands on activities for families.
The partnership with James Yorkston and Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer is building Fife’s reputation as a location for exceptional national and international live music. Other partnerships in the creative sector include Duncan of Jordanstone College, Glenrothes Art Club and Fife Dunfermline Printmakers.
Collaborations with the commercial sector help us generate additional sources of income. 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. Income is also generated from non-commercial sources; 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.
Pecha Kucha was devised in Tokyo as a networking event for creative people.
Fife Cultural Trust has been supporting the creative community with Pecha Kucha events, held 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 and they have become a regular fixture on the local creative agenda.
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, 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 well-known puppeteer, Shona Reppe.
Our presenters have been able to raise their profile within the local creative community, often being offered work opportunities, exhibitions, commissions and funding.
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 & Galleries. We supported the Go Glenrothes group towards the planning of 70th birthday celebrations, as well as being involved in the planning of the first ever Fife Pride during 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; we have worked in partnership with organisations such as Youth Music Theatre Scotland (YMTS) to deliver musical theatre classes, and an amazing group of local teachers who deliver Kids on Stage during the summer.
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. Since opening in 2017 the Dunfermline Community Gallery at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries has provided exhibition space for a wide range of groups, helping to foster key partnerships with groups such as Dunfermline & Fife Printmakers.
Over the next year we are building on existing high profile collaborations with partners such as the Adam Smith Global Foundation. Longer term planning of thematic events and festivals for greater impact is also a future focus. Examples of this include the Carnegie 100 events in 2019. New for 2019 is the Halloween Festival, which wraps up existing events and combines them with new ones to create a greater overall impact.