As a lifelong knitter with a special interest in Gansey knitting, Di Gilpin and her working partner, Sheila Greenwell, will be taking a journey through the history and special knitting details of these fascinating garments. There is a huge story to tell and a lot of history to discover: tensions, stitch counts, patterns, construction details, yarns, colours and motifs. They will share these special details and qualities with us on the evening and show how they use them in their fashion work internationally. Di is Creative Director of Di Gilpin Ltd, specialising in hand knitting, pattern writing and design. Sheila Greenwell is Production Manager at the company with a life time’s experience in hand knitting.
Well-kent local beardy and hat-wearing dads Kenny "King Creosote" Anderson and Keny "East Neuk Stained Glass" Drew talk about how the alchemy of their creative humors flowed into the veins of comic character KY10 and how their current individual musical and artistic output is shaped by life on the banks of the River Forth.
Andrew Whitley started the organic Village Bakery in Cumbria in the '70s and is founder of Bread Matters Ltd. He wrote the seminal Bread Matters and the best-selling Do Sourdough. He has an MSc in Food Policy from City University London and is credited with ‘changing the way we think about bread’ (BBC Food & Farming Awards). He is now chair of Scotland The Bread, an action research and training charity that grows and mills diverse, nutrientdense cereals in the East Neuk with the aim of creating a healthy, fair and sustainable grain and bread supply. Andrew will take us on his life’s journey with bread. His fascination with Russian language and literature led to life as an artisan baker, organic grower, campaigner for real bread and champion of diversity against monocultures of minds and grains.
Anstruther’s national museum, founded by a Charitable Trust and opened in July 1969, celebrates its golden anniversary this year. Starting life as a relatively small site based around a historic courtyard, it has gradually spread to take in various other buildings, including a former boatyard and even a pub. Along the way, many talented and dedicated people, both staff and volunteers, have ensured that the Museum and its activities have grown and flourished. The collections are now recognised as a Nationally Significant Collection and the Museum is a hub for many community activities including coastal rowing, boat-building, exhibitions and events. In this talk Linda Fitzpatrick, Curator, will review the developments of the last 50 years and look forward to some exciting plans for the future.
[This public talk will be preceded by the AIA’s AGM at 7pm]
Billy Briggs is a freelance investigative journalist whose reports have been published by The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Scotland On Sunday, Al Jazeera and the BBC, among other media across the world. He focuses on human rights issues and has reported from more than 20 countries including Syria, Pakistan, India and Haiti. He is co-founder of The Ferret, Scotland's first not-for-profit media focusing on public interest journalism. Billy will talk about the type of longform journalism he produces, in partnership with photographer Angela Catlin, and some of their trips abroad including investigations into femicide in Guatemala, human trafficking in West Africa, and neo-nazism in Russia, Austria, Greece and the UK.
Johnny Cunningham will take us on a walk down memory lane, or rather Rodger Street and beyond! This will be an illustrated talk describing Anstruther in Johnny’s childhood, in the '50s and '60s.
Jen Gordon is Assistant Curator at the Scottish Fisheries Museum where among other things she helps care for, research and engage the Museum’s audience with a collection of historic clothing representing the traditional Work Wear, Sunday Best and Gala Dress of the Scottish Fishing Community. The collection has been recognised as having national significance but, more importantly, reveals the skill of the makers and the personal stories of the owners of these practical, yet also often beautiful, garments. With this talk, Jen invites you to join her as she unlocks the museum ‘kist’ and unravel the yarns within.
China’s role in Africa has increased exponentially since around 2000 and it is arguably the most significant factor affecting the continent since the end of the Cold war. However, Chinese relations with Africa have attracted a high degree of criticism, with many allegations claiming that China undermines democracy, good governance, labour and environmental standards and even that prison labour is shipped from China to Africa to work on Chinese construction sites. Most of this critique is overblown and springs more from feelings in the West that China is displacing power in what has long been regarded as a Western sphere of influence. This talk by Professor Ian Taylor, School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, aims to provide an overview of what China is up to in Africa and answer some of the criticisms levelled at the relationship.
The Scottish Government is promoting district heating as a low carbon way of heating buildings to meet its long term carbon reduction goals. David Stutchfield, Sustainability Manager at the University of St Andrews, will discuss the design and operation of the biomass plant at Guardbridge and the district heating network providing heat to the University buildings at North Haugh and the halls of residence at David Russell Apartments and Fife Park. This is a unique opportunity to find out how the technology works and how it is helping the University meet its goal of carbon neutrality for energy in buildings.
This is most likely to be the date for our ever popular Christmas social and will be the last AIA event held at Dreel Halls before the halls close for refurbishment. It is free to members and lots of fun, with food and seasonal entertainment.