Off The Rails Arthouse is an artist led organisation run on a voluntary basis, offering a space to explore a wide range of arts-related activities.
In October 2011, as group of local artists, we renovated the former Station House at Ladybank Station in Fife and set up a working space for creative activity and endeavour. Currently, we are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), managed by a Board of Trustees.
Our purpose is to stimulate interest and encourage participation in the arts, design and craft. Since 2012, when we opened for business, we have hosted a wide range of activities, including classes in art, design and craft, whether weekly, in one-off weekend workshops or in week-long summer courses. An increasing number of people are using the space for small conferences, meetings or training events, and numerous successful ‘pop-up’ exhibitions by local artists have taken place. From time to time, poetry and music recitals also take place at the Arthouse. We are open to suggestions for other creative activities.
We welcome everyone, whether they are young or not-so-young, experienced practitioners or beginners, teachers or learners. The Arthouse space is available, at a very reasonable rate, for hire by those wishing to run their own classes or events, alongside the ones we organise.
Off the Rails Arthouse is a lovely, light-filled space, with a very special atmosphere. The building is B-listed and retains many of its original Victorian features. There are two good-sized studios, one smaller one and a fully-equipped kitchen. In good weather, people can spill out into the adjacent garden space and use it for inspiration. When it is colder, they can work next to a cosy log fire. We have a good range of drawing equipment for use by participants and we are wifi enabled.
The nature of our building means we unfortunately have restricted access for disabled persons with a number of steps up to the front door.
The Arthouse is reached very easily by public and private transport, and there is good parking in the adjacent areas. Ladybank itself is a very attractive, typical Fife village, set in the middle of an area of outstanding natural beauty and historical interest, with Falkland and St Andrews nearby.