High Street art project hailed a success

AN INNOVATIVE art project which has been brightening up Kirkcaldy High Street over the last few months has been hailed a success by organisers.

The artwork which has been displayed as part of the ‘Art in shop windows’ project – a creative initiative by Fife Council to transform a number of unused shop fronts with displays of art – comes to a close this week (27th March) as the ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ exhibition by world renowned artist Jack Vettriano kicks off.

The project, spearheaded by Fife Council’s Development Services, working in partnership with Blacksands Contemporary Arts group of local professional artists, has attracted a great deal of interest from both locals and visitors.

Funded through the Celebrating Fife 2010 year-long programme of events, the art works were all specially commissioned by the Kirkcaldy group of professional artists. 

The initiative launched at the start of the year with the aim to enthuse and inspire communities, schools and visitors.

Andrew Walker, Economic Adviser, Development Services, who managed the project, is now looking to roll out a similar project in Dunfermline High Street.  He said: The project has brought a real vibrancy to the heart of the town and has helped to rejuvenate the high street during the winter months.  Although the initiative has officially come to an end, some of the art displays will remain in the windows until such times as the units are let, continuing to provide a focal point for locals and visitors.”

Councillor Alice Soper, Chair of Kirkcaldy Area Committee, added: “The Art in Shop Windows project has been a great success. Everyone I have talked to has commented on the project's originality, its cheery distraction from empty shop windows and the good variety of artistic content and styles.”

Local artist Patricia Bray, talking on behalf of Blacksand, added: “We have really welcomed the opportunity to take part in this initiative, which is the first of its kind in Fife.  The opening event was extremely successful and we have enjoyed a steady flow of footfall to the Gallery since it opened in January.  We have had some excellent feedback on the art and it would be great to get a chance to do something similar again in future.”

An ‘Art in Shop Windows’ project is also planned for Dunfermline town centre and will start in June.

For further information, contact Andrew Walker, Development Services on 08451 555 555 ext 442274.

Contact: Karen Christie
Phone: 08451 555 555 ext 44 22 50
Email: karena.christie@fife.gov.uk
Website: http://www.fifedirect.org.uk