Media Release: Launching this week – Cupar Arts Festival


WITH less than a week to go before the launch of Cupar Arts Festival on 5 October, artists from across the world are installing artworks in unusual venues across the small Fife town.

Over 40 artists from as far afield as Japan, Taiwan and Italy will place projects on the subject of fate in a series of unconventional venues 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 exhibition programme includes work from invited artists and those selected from open submission by established and emerging talent across all mediums.

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

  • 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 (images shown above).
  • 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 & PierGiuseppe DiTanno’s railway station project asking us to consider whether fate or coincidence shape our everyday life
  • 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: “With less than a week to go until the start of the arts festival, Cupar is bristling with anticipation. The programme for Cupar Art Festival 2013 is world-class and I can’t wait to welcome visitors to the many unusual venues across the town.

“The next two weeks will show Cupar in a totally different light with visitors both seeking out and stumbling across art in a way that’s both delightful and thought-provoking.”

Workshops and family events (from Wind Drawings to Knitted Nature), film screenings and artists’ talks 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 or to receive information about the press preview on Friday 4 October, contact Nicola Hetherington on or 07967 731 229.



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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 Andrewscis 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: Nicola Hetherington
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