3-19 September 2021

About this event

Stocks Carpet Warehouse is at the far end of Links Street Kirkcaldy and you will spot the Exhibition bay to the left as you enter.

Our Festival Exhibition is open to view Fridays and Saturdays 10am -4pm , Sundays 11am-4pm.

Exhibition curator John Ennis offers an allied Intro and Insights Talk, and we ask you to register for your preferred date and time:

Friday 3 1030,

Friday 10 1030,

Sunday 12 1130

Friday 17 1030

Friday 17 1430

Sunday 19 1430 

Our evolving exhibition is in the former linen works at Stocks in Links St, Kirkcaldy. This acknowledges Kirkcaldy as one of Scotland’s premiere Linen Towns and Fife as a true Flax County.

The Festival Exhibition expands Our Linen Stories core touring displays with ‘Flax Fields’, ‘Looming Large’, ‘Working Women’ and ‘Global Threads’, all given a particularly local twist. We present specially commissioned work from artist Tina Scopa based on the life cycle of the flax plant, utilising linen paper produced for us by Alison Newman of PULP in Glasgow. We are also honoured to exhibit printed works by Kirsty Nicol based on the interiors of Peter Greig’s St Clair Street Factory.

With ‘Linen WORKS Kirkcaldy’, we are calling for your memories and artefacts to enhance the current displays, recreating the town’s lost Spinning Mills, Dye Works and Weaving Sheds: a special archive of stories from those who know best.

With Flax Futures we offer examples of contemporary designs including Flax Chair and Flax Skis and examples of the community education and tourism initiatives allied to Flax and Linen Towns elsewhere in Europe.

Look out for our ad hoc Festival Encounters recorded with special guests and broadcast throughout the Festival period and check out our allied series of Festival Talks, Walks and Open Doors