The preview of new summer Fife art festival ‘Space to Breathe‘ will take place at Cromwell Place in London, 17th – 21st May. With leading artist photographers Harry Cory Wright, Susan Derges, Andy Goldsworthy and Alexander Lindsay exhibiting at preview.

London, 10th May 2023:

Art Adviser and ex-Director of Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby’s, Sophie Camu Lindsay, is organising a preview of highlights of the first ‘Space to Breathe’ exhibition and festival with husband and photographer, Alexander Lindsay. Running from Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st May 2023 at Cromwell Place (South Kensington, London SW7 2JE), it centres around four internationally-recognised British artists, Harry Cory Wright, Susan Derges, Andy Goldsworthy, and Alexander Lindsay. All four artists will be showing work created in Scotland including photography, watercolours and large-scale unique works by Goldsworthy. The majority of works will be for sale.

The main exhibition and festival, at Bowhouse, in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland (an hour’s drive from Edinburgh airport), will run from Saturday 15th July to Sunday 6th August and will feature free talks, panel discussions and events. The exhibition’s duration in July and August coincides with peak Scottish arts season and the festival is intended to become an annual event to showcase both established and up-and-coming international artists, photographers and designers, brought together around a curated theme.

The 'Space to Breathe' festival will take place at Bowhouse, in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

The ‘Space to Breathe’ festival will take place at Bowhouse, in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland

This year, the exhibition will centre on the physical and mental creative processes of four great artist-photographers documenting the natural world. Cory Wright, Derges, Goldsworthy and Lindsay approach landscape and nature within their artistic output in unique ways, yet they are linked by their experimentation and the physicality of their creative processes. For them, the action of making the work is of equal, if not greater, concern than the resulting image. They find creative fulfilment in the journey it takes to the final image.

Organiser, Sophie Camu Lindsay said of the exhibition, ‘The four artists are connected through the time it takes to create their work. There is no rush – in fact the opposite. They can spend days setting up, planning and creating their work – waiting, watching and immersing themselves in their surroundings. Today, everybody is a photographer, but few take the time to slow down, look, feel and respond to their natural environment as intensely as these artists’.

Susan Derges, The Streens, Alder, 1998-2019. Lambda C print from Dye Destruction printEdition of 2 177 x 71cm £12,500 + VAT exhibited in space to breathe festival

Susan Derges, The Streens, Alder, 1998-2019. Lambda C print from Dye Destruction print. Edition of 2, 177 x 71cm, £12,500 + VAT

Co-organiser, Alexander Lindsay, said, ‘The idea for the festival was inspired by the success of my one-man exhibition that Sophie and I ran together in summer 2022 at Bowhouse which attracted 4,000 visitors and almost sold out. Bowhouse is a vast, light-filled space which provides an impressive backdrop to world-class art’.

Bowhouse is part of the Balcaskie Estate, located in the heart of the East Neuk, between Elie and St Monans.  A converted barn and vast space of almost 900 square metres, it is set in open countryside and known for its monthly food market.  It was a dramatic backdrop to Alexander Lindsay’s exhibition in 2022, transforming the industrial space into an extraordinary art gallery.

The East Neuk area of Fife is a popular summer holiday and tourist destination in Scotland, drawing visitors to the picturesque fishing villages of Elie, St Monans, Pittenweem, Anstruther and Crail (together called The East Neuk), as well as being known for its artisan food producers and fish. It is also famed for the many world-renowned golf courses in and around St Andrews, 8 miles away.

Harry Cory Wright. Pabbay, Scotland, exhibited work in space to breathe festival

Harry Cory Wright. Pabbay, Scotland, 2011. C print. Paper size: 33 x 39 in; 83 x 100cm. £4,000 + VAT

The surrounding area beyond Edinburgh, including Fife, is becoming a popular Arts destination. Jupiter Artland near Edinburgh is a contemporary sculpture park and art gallery just one hour from Bowhouse and V&A Dundee and Dundee Contemporary Art (DCA; both 40 mins drive) are all putting on world class art exhibitions.

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