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00:00 on 30 November -0001
Kirkcaldy Galleries

A Fife Contemporary Art & Craft exhibition curated by Bobby Niven of The Bothy Project as part of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016 comes to the Kirkcaldy Galleries from 5 March to 5 June. Themes of shelter, off -grid living and self-build construction are explored through both Scottish and international examples. The exhibition introduces the stories and experiences of some of the people who have designed and constructed their unique shelters in response to particular places.rnrnFor the first time in the UK the exhibition reviews Lloyd Kahn’s independent and eclectic Shelter Publications based in Northern California. The selected images and stories on display give an insight into the endless variety of materials and building techniques, cultures and craft skills that they feature. Shelter Publications was the forerunner of the current mainstream fascination with cabins and off -grid living. Through the years they have developed a cult following around the world and today they are inundated with contributions from readers sending in images and stories of their own self-build projects. rnrnLloyd Kahn has inspired many to build small spaces of their own including The Bothy Project and other admirers in Scotland. The exhibition introduces some Scottish-based self-build initiatives that demonstrate varied architectural approaches and a strong relationship with landscape and nature. One of these, Topher Dawson’s Dome sited in the remote community of Scoraig in Wester Ross, will be featured in Shelter Publications’ forthcoming book, Small Homes.rnrnTo link with the exhibition Kevin Langan has built the latest of his 100 Wild Huts at Braefoot Bay in Fife and the construction of this temporary natural shelter was recorded for visitors in a film by Time Lapse Scotland (this can be viewed on Vimeo – rnrnFife College have also embraced the theme for their latest Young Curators’ project and will be displaying their own work over the weekend of 5-6 March at Kirkcaldy Galleries followed by a public display around Kirkcaldy to promote the exhibition. rnrnAccompanying the exhibition will be a range of activities with the key event being a major presentation on his long engagement with natural building by Lloyd Kahn in Kirkcaldy on 10 May. This is being organised by FCA&C with the participation of Re-foresting Scotland’s A Thousand Huts Campaign.


Shelters page on FCA&C's website


Hermit's Castle by David Scott; photo David Robertson/Alamy

Hermit's Castle by David Scott; photo David Robertson/Alamy