Photo Journal of Events and Activities in Scotland

Pittenweem Arts Festival

Celebrating 30 years, Sat 28 July – Sun 5 August 2012
Free entry to all exhibitions, 10am – 5pm daily.

Pittenweem is a coastal village in the East Neuk of Fife.

Characteristic of the area it has an atmosphere and “the light” that appeals to artists. Many have chosen to live there often reflecting the charm in their paintings.

Noyo photograph of Pittenweem shore

The village has a working harbour and is picturesque with narrow wynds and traditional architecture typical of the East Neuk and its lovely coastline.

The Arts Festival usually starts on the first Saturday in August. Note that this year it starts on 27 July 2012.

It hosts well established artists and newcomers of all calibres and styles. People open their homes and garden buildings, turning them into exhibition centres for their work.

The photos show the village during the 2009 and 2010 Festival.

The opening Saturday is a great day out for everyone with even just a hint of an interest in art.

In addition to art exhibitions there are diverse activities especially on the first Saturday, usually including street musicians, competitions, workshops, a torchlight parade and the day was usually topped off with fireworks, although this seems to be discontinued. Check with the Pittenweem Arts Festival website (linked further down this page) for specific details of activities each year.

The “knitted fish” shown in the album were auctioned for charity, raising £1700 for the RNLI.

Clanadonia’s Celtic drumming and pipes provided a tribal atmosphere in 2010.

Sir Menzies Campbell, patron of the Pittenweem Arts Festival, formally opened the event. He is pictured in the album with Clanadonia and Jean Duncan, Festival Chair.

Clanadonia with Sir Menzies Campbell, patron of the festival

Fishing boats in Pittenweem Harbour.

Noyo photograph of Boats in Pittwenweam Harbour

Clanadonia entertained the crowds



Pittenweem from the sea wall.

Pittenweem harbour wall & village

Knitted fish.

knitted fish

Fishing vessel “Reaper” is a herring drifter, built by J. & G. Forbes of Sandhaven in 1901, seen here at the Arts Festival and was offering visitors a tour onboard.


Details the Arts Festival this year:

Pittenweem Arts Festival: Celebrating 30 years, Sat 28 July – Sun 5 August 2012
Free entry to all exhibitions, 10am – 5pm daily.

Visit the official Arts Festival web site


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