We invite new people to come aboard our Board!


Off the Rails Arthouse – A Creative Space to Gather and Learn

Deadline -Thursday 30th June 5pm

Off The Rails Arthouse is an artist led organisation run on a voluntary basis which has offered space to explore a wide range of arts-related activities since 2012. Based in the former station master’s house at Ladybank station, it is constituted as a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation – registered charity SC046622).

The programme includes opportunities both for invited artists and for artists and groups wishing to hire space to deliver their activity. Classes, workshops and masterclasses cater for people of all ages and at different stages in their creative journey. Pop-up exhibitions, training events and meetings all make the most of the special atmosphere and environment of the house where literary and musical activities also take place. During the pandemic a couple of outreach workshops took place and mini-residencies were trialled for artists to develop their own practice in the light-filled studios. In good weather the garden space is also used.

With the organisation celebrating its tenth anniversary as we emerge from the pandemic, we are looking to develop the programme and extend its reach.

In order to achieve this, we wish to further diversify the voluntary board. Currently there are 6 members bringing a range of experience including art practice, arts education and administration, and finance. Fresh imagination and enthusiasm will help us to explore further creative opportunities the Arthouse could provide, as well as ways of making these available to new audiences.  We will therefore welcome applications from disabled people, the Global Majority, LGBT+ people, those from less-advantaged socio-economic backgrounds and those bringing the perspective of young people. Although the organisation is based in Fife, Board members from outwith the region are also welcome. For in-person meetings the adjoining railway station facilitates public transport and there is also plentiful parking nearby.

A mix of Board meetings online and in-person at the Arthouse take place, usually every couple of months. As a small voluntary organisation without paid staff, Board members are often involved in the hands-on aspects of running of the Arthouse. The team is committed to continuing and developing the current success and having fun in the process.

Although this is a voluntary role any expenses incurred in attending meetings and carrying out Board business can be re-imbursed.

If you are interested in possibly joining us or would like to learn more please look at www.offtherailsarthouse.com  and contact us on offtherails.arthouse@gmail.com

Deadline for expressions of interest : 30th June

Location: all Scotland

Audience Development / Crafts / Education / Equalities / Music / Visual Arts / Literature and Publishing / Participatory Practice/ Young People /

Between the Sheets – an exhibition now on at the Arthouse

OPEN NOW, until Tuesday 24th May

11am to 5pm (Saturday and Sunday)

10.30am to 4.30pm (Monday and Tuesday)

An exhibition by cross-disciplinary artist’s Zoë Darbyshire and Ian Cameron who met 20 years ago while working in physical theatre. Their friendship and creative relationship blossomed culminating in this collaborative show of drawings, objects, unexpected words, and good conversation.

The show is curated by Fraser Haxton-Taylor.


Loads of chat and creativity at last week’s Art Cafe

We have lots of art books to source ideas from, as well as plenty of objects and materials to get creative with. We have top quality “Off The Rails” sketchbooks for sale.

We have lots of chatter. We have tea,coffee and biscuits. We have creativity.

We are the Art Cafe. Thursday evenings at Off The Rails Arthouse in Ladybank.

Sound interesting? Find out more at this link: https://www.offtherailsarthouse.com/event/off-the-rails-art-cafe/2022-04-14/

Art Cafe – free, open evening – 7th April

A special treat for this week only, the Art Cafe is free!

An open evening to show you all the things we have available at the Art Cafe on a Thursday evening. Objects to draw, materials to use, books to inspire, a wonderful selection of sketchbooks to fill, and of course a good chat and refreshments!

This is for everyone, working in any discipline e.g. drawing, knitting, making, painting, stitching….. anything!

Thursday 7th April 7-9pm.

Off the Rails Art Cafe


Art Cafe – drop in on Thursday evenings

Thursday evenings 7-9pm.  ( £5 per evening ) – no need to book, just turn up

Join us at the Off the Rails Art Cafe where you will have the perfect space and peace to focus on your creativity. The art cafe will be open to provide a suitable environment to work in, the opportunity to meet others from the local community with an interest in the visual arts, as well as offering tea and biscuits to help you on your creative journey!

This could be an ideal opportunity to develop your own practice, doodle in a sketchbook, or meet others to discuss events, exhibitions, or each other’s practice.

The art cafe provides an informal and inclusive atmosphere where everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy some time chatting or developing their own work.

Just turn up, there is no need to book.

Talking Heads

The amazing results from last weekends workshop An Introduction to Portraiture led by Katy McKidd Stevenson really showcase exactly what the Arthouse is all about. Fantastic creativity from all involved.

Lost in Summer

It may officially be Autumn, but that doesn’t stop us holding our Developing A Studio Practice Summer School with Fraser Taylor this week. In the world today, anything is possible!

We began with a detailed and encouraging review of our Getting Lost exhibition. A shared discussion looking at all the artwork really helped us all to put our thoughts into focus for the week ahead.

Getting Lost : opening night

Not even the weather could dampen the spirits, as the Getting Lost exhibition opened to the public. A fantastic number of guests and visitors enjoyed the creative artwork, as well as chatting to many of the artists involved, and enjoying the delights of asian street food (courtesy of Umis Kitchen). A very successful opening night – don’t forget the exhibition is open 11am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday