Issue 212
March/April 2020


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Apr 10, 2020

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Café for an Art Lover – or lots of them?

A REMARKABLE new arts café, already being known a little morbidly as the Earn, has been opened only a few minutes’ drive from the M90 and it looks likely to become a major new venue for Fife and its environs.

Although tech-nically in Perthshire, the Earn café, which is one minute’s drive out of Bridge of Earn, is the brainchild of Ossian Moncrieffe, a member of an extended family of artists whose members include nine commercially successful artists and crafts people who have close family associations with the nearbye estate at Easter Moncrieffe.

The café, which has seating for around seventy, is already displaying art works from three members of the family, six of whom are painters, one a successful photographer currently working in New York, one a cabinet maker and another a musician who will be appearing on stage in the warm up band for Brian Ferry in Glasgow in early March.

Much of the refurbishment has been undertaken by the London based cabinet maker Eion Gibbs, whose centre piece work top is overlooked by paintings from three family members.

Whilst the café has already been doing good trade, whether it will indeed flower into an arts centre is surely a matter of conjecture, but the area is certainly lacking in such facilities and with five full time employees and other weekend workers the potential is certainly enormous and the local arts community is watching the development with interest.

The family also have close associations with the Belladrum music festival and London-based contemporary arts merchandising.

Speaking to ArtWork, Mr Moncreiffe said that the primary role of the café was going to be simply selling coffees and light meals to passers by and that the newly refurbished café was already attracting a busy trade, though mostly from locals.

He did however acknowledge that the potential for displaying art works both from his family and other artists was considerable and said that they were very much open to ideas and proposals from artists for displaying works and evening book and picture launches.

The café is in a former farm building set on a 32 acre small holding owned by Mr Moncrieffe and has been extensively re-furbished from an earlier café and shop on the site.

MAXWELL MACLEOD


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