Railway stations open up studios and heritage centres for Artline Open Doors Weekend

Tue 20 Mar 18

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2018, free of charge

Eleven venues along the East Coast railway mainline in Fife are opening their doors this May in an expanded line up of art, poetry and heritage for Artline Open Doors Weekend.

A growing number of artists based in refurbished station buildings will open the doors of their studios to the public alongside local heritage centres over the weekend of 5th and 6th May.  Connected by the famously scenic main railway line linking London, Edinburgh and the South to Aberdeen and the North, the venues will showcase painting, craft, poetry, jewellery and local history. Some work is for sale to visitors.

The venues include

North Queensferry Forth Bridge Heritage Centre

The Station here has recently been refurbished with careful attention to its 1890 Victorian heritage. It will show Kingdoms in Crisis, an exhibition showing the story of 1651’s Battle of Inverkeithing. The station’s waiting room will also host an exhibition from two local artists. Karen Trotter, a local artist whose work features seabirds, fish, and the bridges of the Forth, as well as found objects from the watery fringes of North Queensferry, will be showing paintings, etchings, monotypes. Lucie Macaulay will be presenting 3D art pieces by Tubular: Punctured bicycle inner tubes transformed into bags, toys, jewellery and more.

Inverkeithing Station’s waiting room will be showing rail art and writing posters by Sheena Berry and Maureen Sangster. ‘Circle Line – ConverStations’ (Community Rail Award Winner 2014) is the first celebration of the Fife Circle line.  The exhibition comprises 22 posters of artwork, poems and fictional historical conversations depicting stations, iconic buildings, historical events and people such as Dunfermline’s St. Margaret, the riggers who built the Railway Bridge and Adam Smith.

Aberdour Heritage Centre opened in the station building in August 2017 and is new to the year’s Artline programme. The centre displays information on the town’s rich heritage from ancient times to the present day, including an informative village timeline, a children’s corner and a state of the art electronic touch table that holds a wide range of information and illustrations on Aberdour’s history.  The extensive station gardens of the Victorian station have attracted many visitors over many years.

Aberdour Signal Box Studio The signal box is a private studio in a beautifully refurbished signal box, primarily used for creating ceramic work by artist Lynette Gray. Two guest artists, painter and illustrator Catherine Lindowand creative woodworker Paul Neal will be showing their work in this striking venue during the Artline weekend.

Burntisland Platform Studios were converted into artists’ studios and originally housed the station waiting rooms.  The building now houses creative spaces for artists; Sally Grant, Beth LeggGrace Girvan, Ebba Goring (jewellers); Gingerbread Designs (textiles and ceramics), Sophie McKay Knight (fine art painter) and Susie Redman, whose home wares and wearables are woven in the Platform Studios on her traditional Swedish floor loom.

The restored 19th century Old Station House at Burntisland harbour is now home to textile artist Susy Kirk’s creative space EKleKtiK. She uses dazzling colours and patterns inspired by global fabrics, folk-art and tropical flora and fauna to hand paint and stitch diaphanous silk chiffon and

Kinghorn Studios & Gallery makes use of previously empty rooms at Kinghorn Station.  The space is now home to Lynette and Douglas Gray’s studios and a gallery where exhibitions change throughout the year.  This year’s Artline exhibition is Hill Fever, Paintings from the Scottish Hills by Douglas Gray. The works include portraits of places the artist loves while others take a satiric look at the conventions surrounding hill activities.

The renowned Kirkcaldy Galleries will show Nexus: Meetings At The Edge, A Fife Contemporary exhibition centered on jewellery including fascinating and beautiful objects where different craft disciplines meet. Curated by Dr Elizabeth Goring in collaboration with the Ruthin Crafts Centre, it features 19 artists from across Britain.

Ladybank’s Kirsty Lorenz Artist Studio is based on Platform 2 of this iconic Victorian railway station. Kirsty is an award winning artist whose work has centered on flowers for over 12 years. She is well known for her diverse portrayal of flowers, most recently focusing on wild Scottish flowers.

Ladybank Off the Rails Arthouse has been established by a group of local artists to provide a place for creative activity and learning. It is a lovely, light-filled space, with a very special atmosphere. Visitors will be able to enjoy a tour of the building, which retains many of its original Victorian features. An exhibition of work by the resident artists will also be on display.

Cupar Heritage Centre will be telling the story of the Burgh of Cupar, former seat of justice and County Town of Fife.

Topics relating to Cupar that are being commemorated through displays including the exhibition Work and War Horses, 1914 to 1918. This exhibition commissioned by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland

Visitors to The Artline Open Doors Weekend are encouraged to use the regular rail services between the venues, taking in what is one of one of the UK’s most scenic rail routes at the same time.

The Artline Open Doors venues are open Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018 from 10am to 4pm with the exception of Kirkcaldy Galleries, which is open Saturday 9.30am to 4pm and Sunday 12 noon to 4pm.  Venues are free to visit and many include station gardens, all of which are maintained by volunteers.

Full details of The Artline Open Doors Weekend can be found at www.theartline.co.uk.

The railway stations on the Artline are used by commuters and travellers every day.  On The Artline Open Doors Weekend, visitors can easily access all venues if they travel by train. For rail travel information please visit www.scotrail.co.uk or phone National Rail Enquiries on 03457 484950. For those travelling by car there is parking available.

The Artline group was formed in 2015 to represent those who were involved in the Adopt a Station Scheme in Fife. Venues with art links, adjacent to the stations are also involved.  Restoration of the railway buildings was made possible by grants from the Railway Heritage Trust and the Stations Community Regeneration Fund.  Further funding for the Artline Open Doors Weekend came from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) / Transport Scotland Small Grants Fund. 

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