Scottish Ensemble Sends Call Out to Artists Across Scotland for Scottish Creations

Scottish Ensemble (SE) is inviting amateur artists from across the country to submit their work to be included in a curated exhibition which will form part of its Scottish Creations tour taking place in May 2022.

Scottish Creations is a cross art-form initiative inspired by Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 and developed in partnership with charity Creative Lives. It is aimed at re-establishing a meaningful connection with audiences after Covid-19, while also sharing the stories of communities and individuals across Scotland.

Celebrating and sharing the diversity and creativity of Scotland, Scottish Creations will take place in May 2022 at venues in Mull, Skye, Inverness, Shetland, Aberdeen and Dundee, with SE performing a programme of iconic music, including a brand-new commission by Ailie Robertson, at each location.

Artists local to each of its touring locations, or even further afield are invited to respond to the theme of storytelling through a range of artforms, from visual art, sculpture, poetry, creative writing, and photography, to drawing tapestry and wood carving. A selection of creative works will then be displayed at a pop-up exhibition at each venue on the tour, supplemented by a digital exhibition where works such as music, film, animation, and soundscapes will feature.

Each performance will be followed by a more communal session showcasing the diversity of SE’s music-making and featuring smaller chamber groups and a broad range of music genres. Audiences will be invited to explore the Creative Lives exhibition before the performance and during the interval, with submissions shared via a digital exhibition during and after the tour.

Chief Executive of Creative Lives Robin Simpson said “Creative Lives is delighted to be working with Scottish Ensemble to provide an amazing opportunity to highlight the important role creative cultural activity plays in local communities in every part of Scotland. The pandemic has reinforced how creative expression, socialising with friends and neighbours, and really appreciating the places where we live and work, form a vital part of our lives and an essential component of our wellbeing. This project will be a joyous celebration of Scotland, its people and their creativity in Scotland’s Year of Stories.”

Further information is at: https://scottishensemble.co.uk/concerts/ 

https://www.creative-lives.org/open-call-for-creativity-inspired-by-your-local-area

Irene Brown

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