Art & Design

Ross Forbes Exhibition, Fire Station Creative

Dunfermline artist, Ross Forbes, who is now based in Dundee, opens his first ever solo exhibition at Fire Station Creative today. Ross says, ‘I was offered a place at Edinburgh College of Art in 1999. I quickly became ill and had to drop out. It was not until many years later in a moment of inspired madness that I picked up a brush again. I was working at BSKYB at

A Spirit of Rebellion – Glasgow Boys on show at last in Dunfermline

From 3 February, in an exhibition which almost on its own makes the case for the building of the new Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, The Glasgow Boys – A Spirit of Rebellion offers a rare opportunity to see many of the works of Scotland’s most celebrated group of artists  brought together in one venue. All of the paintings come from the wonderful art collection cared for by Fife Cultural Trust on

Thought and memory: Dunfermline artist’s ‘dreamlike’ exhibition opens at Fire Station

Fire Station Creative will kick 2018 off with a stunning exhibition of paintings by local artist, Donna McGlynn. The exhibition is titled ‘Thought and Memory’ and is concerned with, ‘human emotions and experiences drawing on myth, fable, history and storytelling‘ says the artist.  Donna has loved drawing and painting from early childhood: ‘I don’t know if anyone remembers the Bunty, the Mandy or Misty comics, but as a little girl I was mesmerised

Paper from Across the Sea: Scottish Japanese creative collaboration goes on show

Washi Umi o Koete: Paper from Across the Sea is a creative collaboration between Fife Dunfermline Printmakers and Mino Art Info, Japan and the results can be seen at an exhibition at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop which opened on 20 November and is on until 9 December.  The collaboration brings together the ancient Japanese tradition of Washi paper-making and the very best of contemporary Scottish printmaking.   ‘It’s been an amazing experience for our artist printmakers,’

Shelter Stone: artist Eddie Summerton to appear at Workspace Dunfermline

Artist Eddie Summerton will present an illustrated talk at Workspace Dunfermline on 11 November about his new work Shelter Stone. The public art project takes the format of a newsprint publication and features contributions by forty-six writers and artists. Volunteers will deliver the publication, produced in partnership by The Strict Nature Reserve (Summerton) and The Mountain Bothy Association (MBA), to over 100 remote bothies and mountain huts across the UK, Iceland and

Dunfermline artist is finalist in inaugural Scottish Portrait Awards

Yesterday Avocado Sweet was pleased to attend a preview of the Scottish Portrait Awards in Edinburgh. It seems almost incredible there has been, until now, no opportunity for national recognition in Scotland in this field: organiser Sara McBean said, ‘This competition has been over two years in the planning on the part of the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust and it is our hope it not only celebrates and promotes

The knitted monks of Culross – brilliant display in DCLG Community Gallery

The phone photos below don’t really do it justice, but the exhibition currently on show in the DCLG Community Gallery is not to be be missed. As with many great endeavours it is as bonkers as is it brilliant. Incredibly detailed, skilful, informative and packed with jaunty personality, it tells the story of 13th Century monastic life in Culross Abbey which is celebrating its 800th anniversary.   The exhibition was created

Outwith Festival – new arts event for Dunfermline!

Four days, eleven venues and over fifty talented performers including acclaimed artists, writers, comedians and musicians: Avocado Sweet, along with Dunfermline Delivers, Fire Station Creative and Caroline Copeland, are very proud to be one of the founding partners of an exciting new cultural event coming to Dunfermline in September.  Outwith Festival will include a major new art work, a book launch, readings by authors and playwrights, cutting edge comedy and improvised theatre.

Everything you think you need: pop art expo opens at Fire Station Creative this week

Andrew Gerald Redman, who lives in Aberdour, is unveiling a cheering, pop art style exhibition at Dunfermline’s FSC this week. Having moved house once a year for the last twenty years, it seems Redman’s nomadic lifestyle has been the inspiration for the work: ‘Packing and unpacking boxes seems to have become quite a thing,’  says Andrew. As befits a serial mover, Andrew trained at several art colleges including Chesterfield College of Art,

Beautifully bleak and fragile jewellery by Beth Legg

Burntisland-based Beth Legg’s award winning jewellery reflects the ‘beautifully bleak and fragile nature of the Scottish coastal landscape’.  Legg has been making jewellery professionally since 2003 after graduating with a first class honours from Edinburgh College of Art.  The remote environment she comes from in the far north coast of Scotland has strongly influenced both the work she produces and the materials she uses.  Her studio has been compared to