Other Worlds, Real and Imagined!

Cupar Arts are thrilled to present a full day of celebration of the life, times and influence of visionary 19th-century science fiction writer Robert Duncan Milne (1844-1899). Born and brought up in Cupar, he later lived and wrote his thought-provoking and forward-looking stories in San Francisco. This is the first major retrospective exhibition recognising Milne in his home town through the lens of Other Worlds – Real and Imagined!!

Saturday 30th October 2021 at Cupar’s Corn Exchange

The event includes Robert Duncan Milne information exhibited in collaboration with the University of Dundee, photography-based artwork by our featured artist Kit Martin, local archive film, NASA and ESA space probe images of the extra-terrestrial worlds imagined in Milne’s stories, provided in collaboration with the University of St Andrews. There will also be a talk on Milne and his influence and a screening of the classic film of HG Wells’ The Time Machine. This rounds off a day of exploration of this unique and inspiring writer. Although little-known today, his considerable imagination and influence are still being felt.

Discover, explore and enjoy Cupar’s Robert Duncan Milne …


Kit Martin Exhibition …


9am – 6pm – free entry

Having studied Biological Imaging Kit Martin has worked as a Medical and Police Photographer before working in environmental organisations and community arts. She is by nature, curious; finding beauty in small things be it the wing of an insect or the texture of a wasps’ nest.

A photographer who enjoys making images as much as taking them, she tries to capture the overlapping contingencies of time and place through photography, using natural elements such as the sun and tide. She works with historical camera-less processes and digital, often collaborating with Museums to work with natural history collections. Kit teaches cyanotype, argyrotype and pinhole photography, in collaboration with Museums, Festivals and Arts Centres. She is a tutor at Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio and works with St Andrews Photography Festival and Museums and Galleries Edinburgh amongst others.


Pinhole Photography Workshop

Booking required! Tickets £42.27  Limited spaces are available.

In this workshop you to explore first principles of photography and learn how to make a pinhole camera then use it.

Introduction to Pinhole Photography

We all spend so much time staring at screens and consuming digital images. For this workshop you will be slowing right down, beginning with making your own 5×4 inch camera. You will learn about the basics of pinhole photography followed by the magical chemical process of developing black and white prints in a darkroom.

No experience is necessary and the workshop is suitable for anyone aged from 13 years on. All materials are provided. We will be working outdoors for some of the time and in the dark with low red light for other parts of the day. We will make cameras, have a lunch break (bring something as lunch is not provided) then use the cameras outside, developing the images in the darkroom.

Kit Martin has a degree in Biological Imaging and a background in medical and forensic photography. She is interested in where art and science crossover and the beauty and fragility of the natural world. You can see examples of her work at Kit Martin.

Book now via this link.


The Time Machine (1960)

Doors open 7pm, film showing starts 8pm  Tickets £5 on Eventbrite or £5 on the door.

Upstairs in the Corn Exchange, Cupar.  Bar available.

Scientist H. George Wells (Rod Taylor) builds a time machine, and despite thescepticism and warning from his friends against “tempting the laws of providence”, decides to visit the future. Although the film looks rather quaint set against today’s CGI-saturated cinema, it is still a spectacular adventure and won an Oscar for its special effects. Wells and Milne were contemporaries, but sadly, none of Milne’s work has been filmed.

This screening will be preceded by a short talk at 7:30 about the work and worlds of the two writers and will help us appreciate the importance of Milne’s writing.

Book now via this link.


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