27th June 2008 at 01:00
Most art exhibitions are about works of art
Most art exhibitions are about works of art. But a new one touring the Fife area until December is about the varied and sometimes weird and wonderful places where the pieces are made.

Making Spaces, which has been created in MAC (Fife Council's mobile museum), shines the spotlight on artists' studios in Scotland, with an emphasis on those in Fife where there is a thriving community of creative people.

Organised by Fife Contemporary Art and Craft in partnership with Fife Council, Making Spaces aims to demystify the creative process by showing that art can be made anywhere. Using photographs, computer interactives and reconstructions - as well as practical workshops with on-board artists - the exhibition explores the different working spaces used by artists and craftspeople in the past and present.

Making Spaces highlights a converted 1930s cinema in Kinghorn; a windswept garden in the Pentland Hills and a former town hall in Newburgh. In addition, there are virtual visits to Henry Hornell's preserved studio in Kirkcudbright and Eduardo Paolozzi's reconstructed studio at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh. Visitors can have a go at creating a virtual Andy Goldworthy-style piece of environmental art and see the sort of "spaces" in which MAC's resident artists normally work, including an ordinary domestic bedroom.

Iain Clark, outreach officer for Fife museums, says: "The education programme during the first part of the tour has been aimed specifically at secondary schools and senior pupils, the artist sessions have concentrated on discussions about careers in art.

"During the holidays, Making Spaces will visit arts festivals in Fife, and then we'll concentrate on the primary schools programme."


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