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Article published 16/02/2021

Uncertainty over the lifting of restrictions on social distancing and travel has led OnFife to postpone the much-anticipated Jack Vettriano: The Early Years exhibition until 2022.

Working in close liaison with the artist and collectors lending works from private collections, OnFife has decided to reschedule this major show until next year. The exhibition will instead be held from 17 June to 23 October 2022.

It hasn’t been an easy decision to make but such is the uncertainty still ahead that we cannot guarantee visitors the great experience that we had planned.

We also had to take into account the level of interest from throughout the UK and beyond from Vettriano fans who want to travel to Fife for the exhibition and see his works, some for the first and potentially only time.

We're obviously disappointed – both for the public and our teams who had been looking forward so much to this major exhibition – but our focus now has to be on ensuring that we can deliver the best possible experience to all those Vettriano fans who have waited so long for this retrospective of his work.

Michelle Sweeney, OnFife Director of Creative Development

The exhibition, which will be held at Kirkcaldy Galleries, had originally been scheduled for 2020 and then postponed until this summer.

The postponement does come with a silver lining as the exhibition will now run for an additional two months, allowing far greater access than was previously possible. It creates an opportunity for more people to attend the exhibition over the summer and October holidays in 2022.

All current ticket holders will be contacted to arrange new dates before tickets go on general sale again.

The exhibition has continued to generate widespread interest as it will feature early paintings by Vettriano, including nearly a dozen produced before deciding to become a full-time artist and signed with his birth name, Jack Hoggan. 

Vettriano decided the time was right to publicly acknowledge some of his earliest works and has chosen for the collection to come to Fife where he was born and spent his formative years.  The exhibition celebrates his extraordinary career and will be show paintings he created during his twenties until he moved to London in 2000.

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