Media Release: Make a date with fate at the Cupar Arts Festival


DESTINY is on the agenda at this year’s Cupar Arts Festival with over 40 artists placing projects on the subject of fate in a series of unconventional venues across the traditional Fife market town of Cupar.

This year, artists are participating in the biannual arts festival from as far afield as Japan, Taiwan and Italy.

The festival places art lightly and accessibly in non-art spaces around the town including: a former grain silo, the railway station, the town’s medieval alleys, churches, county buildings, a former jail, vacant shops, the local park and Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse.

One of the few curated visual art festivals in Scotland, the festival’s exhibition programme includes work from invited artists and those selected from open submission by established and emerging talent across all mediums.

Date: 5 – 17 October 2013

The diverse response to this year’s theme of fate include:

• Anthony Schrag’s humorous yet thought provoking explorations of Cupar Justice in which residents are invited to capture the artist dressed as a pig

• Kirsty Whiten’s distinctive drawings ‘chopping the lives of humans down to size’, which will appear in secret locations around the town’s streets

• Caroline Dear’s coat of good luck made from bog myrtle

• Colin Andrews’ The Oracle installation which allows members of the public to place their palms on a scanner on the window pane of a local show only for their fortunes to appear before their very eyes

• Jacqueline Bulnes and PierGiuseppe DiTanno’s railway station project asking us to consider whether fate or coincidence shape our everyday life

• Jenny Smith’s project that replicates the responses of local school children to the question ‘what is the most important decision you have made?’ using laser technology into the grass of the local park.

• Gayle Nelson’s exploration of The Things We Used, a study of the ebb and flow of crockery through local charity shops

• Wounded Knee’s Pop Up Song Shop

The main visual arts programme is complemented by music events from the likes of FOUND, Kid Canaveral and Withered Hand, a member of Fife-based King Creosote’s Fence Collective, who has won praise from the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Rolling Stone Magazine.

Festival director, Gayle Nelson, said: “I’m thrilled with the sheer quality of artists in this year’s programme. To have this level of ability, as well as the sheer diversity of interpretations is unique in a small Scottish town setting. Cupar Arts Festival shows the town in a completely new light, and it’s both delightful and thought-provoking for people to stumble upon the artwork in such unexpected places.”

Workshops for all ages (from wind drawings to Knitted Nature), film screenings, artists’ talks and family events also feature.

This is the fourth Cupar Arts Festival. The festival is run by Cupar Arts.

For more information on the festival and to book tickets to complementary events programme, visit Access to the main programme of art exhibitions and talks is free of charge.

For more information, images or interview requests, contact Martha Bryce on 07905 761 525 or


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Getting to Cupar

Cupar is easily reachable by road and rail. The main A91 runs through the town, linking it conveniently with the M90, Edinburgh (just over an hour) and the South. Dundee to the north is around 25 minutes away and St Andrews is 20 minutes to the east.

Cupar’s railway station is on the east coast mainline with regular direct trains to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York and London.

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Contact: Martha Bryce
Phone: 07905761525