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Fife Art 2020 competition – free online art tutorials encourage more Fifers to explore artistic talents

19 August 2020

Fife’s biggest annual arts competition is adding a new twist this year!

As artist Grayson Perry’s hit Art Club series on Channel 4 recently demonstrated, anyone can express themselves through art and this year competition sponsor Shell is funding free art tutorials that can help and encourage people to develop their skills – or even have a go for the first time.

And with only three weeks until the deadline for entries, there’s never been a better time to pick up a paintbrush or get crafty with materials.

Local tutors Laura Rigby, who will demonstrate the art of ‘journaling’ using recycled materials at home, and Colin Joyce, who will be showing how to paint a coastal landscape using only three colours, are delivering the online lessons.

The tutorials can be accessed at www.onfife.com/fife-art-exhibition-2020.

Fife Art, organised by ONFife, has been running for more than 35 years and this year’s theme is Coast and Waters, echoing VisitScotland’s Year of Coast and Waters 2020 campaign.

The competition is open to all amateur artists living in Fife who are not currently undertaking or have not completed full-time degree or diploma art courses. Only one work per artist can be submitted but work can be in any medium, from paintings to sculpture, jewellery to ceramics.

The closing date for entries is Monday, 7 September.

Six winning artists will each receive a prize of £200 and their works are donated to NHS Fife for display.

Craig Burnett, Shell Fife NGL Plant Manager, said: “With our longstanding involvement with Fife Art, it’s great to see the competition still taking place in what has been a difficult year. Hopefully these online tutorials will encourage Fife’s talented amateur artists to try something new and share their fantastic work for the enjoyment of the public.

Gillian Parsons, ONFife’s Programming and Engagement Officer, said: “We know there are many talented amateur artists living in Fife who will find the tutorials useful but we’re also hoping that others, maybe if they’ve been exploring art during lockdown, will be encouraged to have a go and tap into their artistic talents.

Submissions to the competition can be made through the ONFife website at onfife.com/fife-art-exhibition-2020, where people will also find links to the tutorials. (For online purposes, url link: https://onfife.com/museums-galleries/fife-art-exhibition-2020 )

The winning artworks will be announced on 3 October and all submitted works will be exhibited at the FifeSpace Gallery in Rothes Halls from 4 October-21

For further information contact: Sheona Small, press officer, 07809 727 989 or email: sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors:

· ONFife (Fife Cultural Trust) manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information can be found at www.onfife.com

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