A group of Fife based artists called Blacksand unveiled their latest exhibition ‘Art in Shop Windows’ in Kirkcaldy on January 24, which is to be on display for six weeks. The project features original works by local artists Angela Turner, Damon Herd, Shirley James, Jenny Barker, Patricia Bray, Kerry Watson and Susan Stewart which will be put on show in various empty shop windows over the course of the exhibition.
The artworks are part of a Celebrating Fife 2010 – Year of Culture programme, designed to create a series of interesting work to spice up the town of Kirkcaldy and to lift the spirits of the locals during the dreary winter months. Andrew Walker from Fife Council’s Development Services explained “Shop windows are an ideal place to exhibit art and they are an excellent way of bringing art to a much wider audience. Culture has a unique ability to lift people and places will hopefully attract new visitors to the town centre and in turn boost the local economy.”
The artists responsible for the project are holding meet-and-greets in the temporary work gallery and workshop space situated at 268 High Street and are carrying out workshops to give both children and adults to create their own pieces of art. Also located in the town house, libraries, museums and the tourist info centre are ‘Art Trail’ maps that guide you around the town pointing out locations of significant culture and artistic merit.