Alex Flett: The Kirkcudbright International Festival 2007 (Page 1).
The 2007 Festival introduced artists to Kirkcudbright from a variety of countries, and also reinforced its 2004 links with artists from South Africa. It also introduced such forms as video art and shadow theatre into the context of the town’s history as an Artists’ colony. The Festival Committee would like to thank the photographers Marion Lavabre (France) and Oliver Dobbin (Scotland) who created the vast majority of the Festival documentation. Also Naomi Hart, who’s unfailing good humour and hard work in designing the posters and marketing material kept everyone on course.
“Being Projects Director of the Festival gave me the opportunity to work with artists of extraordinary talent, and the energy and commitment which all these artists showed was an inspiration not only for me personally, but for all who visited and saw the work they created.”
Above left: Wendy Bibby, Ayrshire, Scotland, helping prepare the Cochran Hall. Left centre: dancer Ghyslaine Gau from France. Right centre: Don Salubayba, Manila, Philippines.
Far right: Petra Pennington and Darren Farquhar, Scotland.
Below left to right: Marc Cosico (Philippines). Installation image Kirkcudbright Parish Church Hall. Poet, Marie Pete (South Africa). Installation image Parish Church Hall.
Two main exhibition areas were created. One area courtesy of Kirkcudbright Academy, in the Cochran Hall, and the second courtesy of Kirkcudbright Parish Church, in the Parish Hall. In the Parish Church Hall were all female artists and the work included the Women for Children print and poetry portfolio created in South Africa by Art for Humanity. The space and screens in the parish Church Hall were constructed in such a way as to be capable of quickly being converted to holding talks, poetry readings, dance performance, and shadow theatre.
Above left to right: Installation image Cochran Hall. Installation image Cochran Hall. Photos of West Africa by Marion Lavabre (France).
Above left and right: Installation images, Parish Church Hall.
Above left: Simon Olding speaking on “Craft: a review of meanings, messages and misbehaviour” Parish Church Hall.
Above right: Richard Demarco speaking on “New beginnings are in the offing” Beuys and Scotland, Cochran Hall stage.