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Reviewed: 25 February, 2021

Covid-19 latest measures

We continue to review our services, following the latest Scottish Government briefings, and for now our frontline services are still on hold.

Our Library Connect and Collect service will continue to be suspended until at least Monday 8 March, though this will be subject to further review, while our museums and theatres, including the box office, will remain closed until official guidelines allows us to consider reopening them. 

These measures are being taken to best protect team members, customers and communities, in line with the Scottish Government's Stay at Home lockdown guidance.

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Jack Vettriano: The Early Years exhibition now to be held in 2022 

Uncertainty over when social distancing and travel restrictions will be lifted has forced us to postpone the much-anticipated Jack Vettriano: The Early Years exhibition at Kirkcaldy Galleries until 2022. 

It will now take place 17 June to October 23, 2022 

“It hasn’t been an easy decision to make but such is the uncertainty still ahead that we cannot guarantee visitors the great experience that we had planned,” said Michelle Sweeney, OnFife Director of Creative Development.  

“We also had to take into account the level of interest from throughout the UK and beyond from Vettriano fans who want to travel to Fife for the exhibition and see his works, some for the first and potentially only time.”  

The exhibition had originally been scheduled for 2020 and then postponed until this summer.   

“We are obviously disappointed – both for the public and our teams who had been looking forward so much to this major exhibition – but our focus now has to be on ensuring that we can deliver the best possible experience to all those Vettriano fans who have waited so long for this retrospective of his work,” Michelle added.   

The postponement does come with a silver lining, as the exhibition will run for an additional two months, allowing far greater access than was previously possible and giving more people the opportunity to attend over the summer and October holiday periods next year. All current ticket holders will be contacted to arrange new dates before tickets go on general sale again. The exhibition is a celebration of the Vettriano's extraordinary career and will be showing paintings he created from in his 20s until he moved to London in 2000. It will feature early paintings by the artist, including nearly a dozen produced before he decided to become a full-time artist and are signed Jack Hoggan, his birth name. 

New funding opportunity for creatives and artists

We have just launched a small grants initiative to support freelance artists and creatives to work with young Fifers.

Grants of between £500 and £5000 are available to work with children and young people, especially those who have been most affected by Covid-19.

The Youth Arts Small Grants Scheme is funded by Creative Scotland as part of the Scottish Government Covid-19 Emergency Fund. The grant will not only enable freelance youth arts practitioners to deliver activity for the benfit of Fife's children and young people but also to strengthen connections with organisations and communities.

Projects must be delivered in partnership with relevant organisations and can take place between April 2021 and March 2022.

"We have vast experience with co-ordinating funding and we're delighted to announce this opportunity to support artists and creatives, particularly during these difficult times, to help them use their creativity and skills to connect and engage with young people in Fife." said Michelle Sweeney, OnFife's Director of Creative Development, "I would encourage people to take advantage of this funding to create projects that will have a positive impact on our communities."

The works will be showcased at the end of the project. Information sessions will be held on 10 and 17 February and the deadline for applications is Monday 8 March. For further information, email or call Karen on 07732 604401.

Celebrate the anniversary of one of Scotland's best-loved artists with an online exhibition 

With their vibrant paintwork and luminous settings, the works of Scottish colourist Samuel Peploe are the perfect pick-me-up for the dark days of winter and these travel-restricted times.  

A virtual exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Peploe on Wednesday 27 January has been launched featuring work from the collection managed by OnFife. 

With 46 of the artist’s paintings, Kirkcaldy Art Gallery has the biggest group of Peploes outside National Galleries Scotland – thanks, principally, to the superb collection of Kirkcaldy linen manufacturer J W Blyth, the maternal grandfather of journalist and broadcaster Michael Portillo. A significant part of the Blyth Collection was bought by Kirkcaldy Town Council in the 1963.  

Exhibition curator Lesley Lettice says the display offers inspiration in our present circumstances: “We are all living under tight travel restrictions and are probably walking the same few routes for our daily exercise, seeing the same views and landmarks and perhaps feeling a bit underwhelmed by the familiar. His work can inspire us to take pleasure in the little things and try to look at them with new eyes each day.”  

Explore the exhibition, which is on the national Art UK website.

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