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ARTS IN FIFE is a free publication created by Stuart Russell, to promote all arts within Fife, Scotland. The magazine showcases a range of local talent and constructs a dialogue between artists, voluntary organizations and the general public. This magazine displays art awareness and shows the important role art plays in bringing together communities. The magazine celebrates dance, drama, literature, media, music, visual arts, crafts and applied arts. It also promotes and supports local voluntary art groups, events and galleries. To submit work for the next issue please contact us via our website at:

Crail Food Festival Mon 15th Jun – Tue 16th Jun 2013 Various Venues, Crail Crail Arts Festival Wed 17th Jul – Sat 27th Jul 2013 Various Venues, Crail Aberdour Arts Festival Fri 26th Jul – Sun 04th Aug 2013 Various Venues, Aberdour Pitenweem Art Festival Sat 03rd Aug – Sun 11th Aug 2013 Various Venues, Pittenweem East Neuk Festival Wed 03rd Jul – Sun 07th Jul 2013 Various Venues, East Neuk

STUART RUSSELL is the Arts Ambassador of Fife, representing Voluntary Arts Scotland. He has won awards for his voluntary work, contributing to volunteering in Scotland since the age of 16. He is a successful artist and poet in his own right and works hard to support the arts locally, with aims to make it more inclusive.

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Voluntary Arts Scotland Voluntary Arts aim to promote participation in the arts across the UK and Republic of Ireland. We recognise they are a key part of our culture and as such they are absolutely vital to our health, social and economic development. Over half the UK adult population is involved in the voluntary arts and crafts – those arts and crafts that people undertake for selfimprovement, social networking and leisure, but not primarily for payment. They are wide-ranging and include folk, dance, drama, literature, media, music, visual arts, crafts, applied arts, and festivals. Voluntary Arts works with policy makers, funders and politicians to improve the environment for everyone participating in the arts, and we provide information and training to those who participate in the voluntary arts sector. This includes over 300 national and regional umbrella bodies, and through them, their member groups of local voluntary arts practitioners.

The Epic Awards The Epic Awards 2013 are an initiative of Voluntary Arts, the national development agency for arts participation. Voluntary Arts offers information, advice, training and development opportunities to those in the voluntary or amateur arts sector, from small local groups to large national organisations. Amateur groups make up the grass roots of art activity. There are currently in excess of 67,400 voluntary or amateur art and craft groups in the UK and the Republic Ireland, accounting for an estimated one fifth of all arts engagement. Many people are involved as volunteers in addition to being practitioners. Managing accounts, planning, fundraising, teaching, training, promoting and marketing are invaluable to the successful development of projects and new initiatives. The Epic Awards are open to all amateur art and craft groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland, and are free to enter. The search is on to find winners from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales who can demonstrate 'Epic' voluntary arts activity. This could mean improving life in their local community, working across generations, using technology in a creative way or simply achieving something really special with their art form or craft. The Epic Awards give groups an excellent opportunity to raise their profile, as well as the chance to win a range of prizes including cash, training, equipment and publicity.

Stacie is born to a dancer called Jollie and an actor named Harry. Harry gets his big break in Hollywood, falls in love with his director and finds a friend for life in his leading lady. Harry wants to let Jollie down with the promise of work and when it is found out that Jollie is pregnant, he buys her a house. When the baby is born all goes wells, until Jollie fails to visit Harry with the baby. When they set out to find what has gone wrong, Jollie is found lying dead on the floor of a strange apartment in the worst part of town. The baby, barely alive, is taken to hospital. Social work intervenes and Harry ends up in court fighting for custody of his own daughter. Harry wins the case but someone is not happy about this. Later in Stacie’s childhood she is almost abducted and the mysterious culprit is jailed. On the week of Stacie’s thirteenth birthday, she leaves her best friends house, too impatient to wait for her lift and against advice she starts to walk home. This will be the worst decision of her life. Stacie is a self-published title available via Kindle. By Julie Stevenson.

Artwork By Alison Philip

Lochgelly The town was closely connected to Fife's mining industry, which it served from the 1830s to the 1960s. Its name comes from Loch Gelly, a large body of water to the south of the town. Lochgelly's location in central Fife makes it a great base for exploring the surrounding towns, villages and countryside. The town’s main creative venue is the Lochgelly Centre. It is a bright, modern and attractive community space, combining a 412-seat theatre, studio theatre, art studios, gallery space, meeting rooms and practice rooms. The centre officially reopened in February 2012, following a £2.5 million investment by Fife Council. A new glass-fronted extension houses a modern library and reception area, local offices services plus a state-ofthe-art computing centre, with public-access computers and free Internet access. Our modern café bar, Lilly's, serves a variety of hot and cold refreshments, making it the perfect destination for a relaxing break or a light lunch. During 2012-13, they are running a major community music project, The Band, which will be based at Lochgelly Centre.

FIFE’S CULTURAL CONSORTIUM is a collective meeting of creative groups and organisations coming together to network. The inaugural meeting of the consortium in August 2008 was attended by over 50 organisations. All who have an interest in culture and cultural activity in its broadest sense. Woodwork By John Smith Contact John: John Smith has gone back to his lathe and is producing some superb work. He prefers to turn the wood while it is wet, which makes it easier to turn very thin and has the advantage of allowing the bark to remain on the wood. He uses local wood from many different sources. He will come and clear a tree if you will let him have some of the wood, in return you will get a bowl or platter made from your tree. Through the commitments and actions identified in ‘Generations of Change’, Fife’s public, community, private and voluntary sector organisations and services can work together to respect and celebrate the diversity of people’s lives, and acknowledge and support the links between us. The Cultural Consortium’s key role is to be a broad, inclusive informal partnership organisation with representation from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors. It aims to be the umbrella partnership body acting as guardian and sounding board for cultural planning in Fife and to direct the development and implementation of the Cultural Strategy. It is here to promote the contribution of culture to achieve artistic, cultural, economic, social and environmental outcomes and to promote a co-ordinated approach to the development and promotion of cultural opportunities, activities, festivals, celebrations and events in Fife. The consortium meet on a 6 monthly basis to review the strategy as required, in order to remain fresh, relevant and reflective of the changing needs of Fife’s vibrant communities. If you would like to become a member of the Cultural Consortium please send an email to:

The Fife Folk Museum is run by volunteers and celebrates the social, domestic and working lives of the people in Fife. The Museum is housed in beautiful listed buildings, in the historic village of Ceres. You are assured a friendly welcome and a wide range of interesting objects and collections. The diverse festivals pride themselves of providing incredible experiences for their visitors. Fife's Festivals include poetry, visual art, music, sailing, street performance, temporary public artworks and food & drink. There really is a festival in Fife for everyone. Visiting a festival in Fife is a truly unique experience with festivals located in spectacular surroundings and venues. Fife's Festivals can be found in potato barns, woodlands, disused buildings, empty shops, garages, private estates, homes, pubs, town centre streets, music halls and five star theatres. Find out more at: The Museum is open 7 days a week from 1st April to 31st October, 10.30am - 4.30pm with last admissions at 4pm. The Fife Folk Museum welcomes volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, just make yourself known at the museum, you can contact via phone or email. To volunteer or to learn more about the museum, please contact via Phone: 01334 828180 Email:

Craft Scotland – Fife Craft Scotland is a Scottish charity, working to unite, inspire and champion Scottish craft. We are the world’s first audience development agency for craft. This means that we employ the three principles of audience development in our work: marketing & communications, research & intelligence, and engagement & participation. Craft Scotland is made up of a team of creative thinkers, marketers and champions of Scottish craft. We are placing ourselves at the front of a global craft revolution. We run exhibitions and events, which connect the public with the Scottish craft community, often working with partner organisations such as National Museums Scotland, Time Span, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, and the Collins Gallery. We also present collections of Scottish craft to the public in UK and International craft, design and art shows. Our website provides a platform for craft people and places across Scotland to promote their work and connect to a diverse audience. Thousands of people visit every month to find out more about craft, see what’s on in their area, and commission craft directly from the makers. Our core funding is provided by Creative Scotland, the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries.

Ceramics By Moyra Stewart Moyra Stewart is a Scottish born ceramics artist who graduated from Edinburgh and worked in London, before emigrating to Canada. Moyra returned to Scotland in 1999 and helped co-found Fife Arts Co-op and Steeple Arts in Newburgh, Fife. Moyra currently runs a teaching studio at the Steeple Arts Centre.

Music By The Coaltown Daisies The Coaltown Daisies fuse together the musical styling of established singer-songwriters, Lynzy Moutter and Vivienne Bern. Their shared passion for music in all shapes and sizes steered them towards collaboration. Detailing their music with dual harmonies, intelligent lyrics and raw emotion, they want nothing more than to perform in front of great audiences. Described as 'spell-binding', 'spine-tingling' and 'breathtaking', The Coaltown Daisies have performed at an abundance of venues and festivals on their journey so far including the Big Tent Festival, the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, The Inn at Lathones, Montrose Music Festival and Celtic Connections. They have a very busy future ahead and want nothing more than to continue sharing their music far and wide.

Photographic Etchings By Jenni Gudgeon Based on the idea that our beautiful, peaceful surroundings are fuelled by the survival of the fittest and a near constant alertness to threat.

Etchings By Elizabeth Shepherd Elizabeth Shepherd is an artist living in Crail, Fife. She is a member of the Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio, Visual Arts Scotland, and the Scottish Society of Artists. In 1996 her first etching of Crail Harbour was selected for the International Print Exhibition at Portland Art Museum, Oregon, USA.

Gulls Series – By Stuart Russell Looks at nature in built environments and is inspired by our world’s linear cities. The images suggest street lamps are like urban trees and show nature can adapt to modern, human design.

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