Blueprint Dunfermline exhibition to bring visitor boost to Fife

The programme of events has been designed to showcase the architecture and built environment of Dunfermline and West Fife  

Online cultural magazine Avocado Sweet is hoping to help boost business in Fife by drawing visitors to a celebration of Dunfermline and West Fife’s architecture and built environment.
It’s launching Blueprint Dunfermline, an exhibition to be held at various sites around the town, this Friday (2 September) to also highlight – for the benefit of both locals and visitors – the quality and antiquity of West Fife, from its varied domestic architecture to it historically important and internationally recognised buildings and landmarks.
The programme of events, exhibitions and lighting installations will be delivered by a collection of local volunteer groups, including Fire Station Creative, Sam Foster Architects, Red Field Arts, Central Dunfermline Community Council, Carnegie UK Trust and Chalk Original Plaster, and will run until mid-2017.
Jane Livingstone and Michelle McWilliams of Avocado Sweet said: “The unsung architecture in West Fife has, with impressive buildings such as the Abbey, a good story to tell.
“But there are other hidden gems we want to talk about. For instance, not many people know the National Trust in Scotland started in Culross; their first building was in the Fife village and that several features of architectural interest can be spotted from the No 5 circular bus route!
“Also, we had a shared ambition with the Festivals Unit at Fife Council, that Dunfermline and West Fife were represented during the Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design.”
The first event in the Blueprint Dunfermline calendar is an exhibition by Chalk, which opens on 2 September. Ffion and Steven Blench, a husband and wife team from Aberdour, will showcase their own modern decorative plasterwork at Fire Station Creative alongside pieces by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, George Bankart and Thomas Clayton.
The couple have previously worked on prestigious restoration projects such as Stirling Castle, The Assembly Rooms and Blair Atholl Castle.
The second event on 7 September is a series of lightning-fast presentations at an architecture-themed Pecha Kucha run with Create in Fife, Fife Cultural Trust.
Blueprint Dunfermline is also working with Red Field Arts to highlight the architecture in the closes and pends of Dunfermline with interactive lighting installations. Old School Close is the first location proposed.
McWilliams added: “We’ve had a good response to Blueprint Dunfermline when we’ve approached funders such as Fife Council Strategic Events Investment Programme, Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, Canvas Holidays and Campion Homes. Dunfermline Delivers has been very positive so we’re working closely with them to coordinate events and activities.”
Other planned activities include:
*          A new Dunfermline map featuring hand drawn illustrations by Tupelo Tree will be distributed free.
*          Images of ‘Old Dunfermline’ will be projected onto a prominent city centre building.
*          An exhibition curated by artist Ian Moir will describe his proposed new spire landmark for Fife
*          A drop in architecture clinic will be an opportunity for the public to access free expert advice and inspiration.
*          A leaflet will point out places of architectural interest that can be spotted from the No 5 circular bus route.
*          Expert tour guides will host walks around Dunfermline and Culross.
*          A tour of Andrew Carnegie House will give visitors the chance to see inside one of Dunfermline’s newest architectural landmarks.
*          Pupils from Commercial primary school will design an ‘Outdoor classroom’ with help from Sam Foster Architects.
*          A series of windsocks created by artist Olga Krasanova and inspired by Dunfermline’s ancient buildings will fly from the Fire Station.
*          A photographic archive of images of Dunfermline’s architecture and built environment will be gathered throughout Blueprint. 
Find out more on the website.