New Opportunities for Artists through the Creative Place Awards Programme – Bealach

  • Published on: 18th September 2015
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An Lanntair is delighted to today announce two exciting new opportunities for artists and creative practitioners through the Bealach Programme – a new collaborative creative programme being delivered with funding from Creative Scotland’s Creative Place Awards 2015.

Stornoway and the Isles of Lewis and Harris were successful in winning the Creative Place Awards 2015.  The award is both an accolade and a grant to take forward a programme of arts interventions and activities over the next two years.  This programme is called ‘Bealach’.  ‘Bealach’ will be a transformational programme that seeks to represent Stornoway and the Isles of Lewis and Harris as the gateway and passage into the Gaelic culture, creative communities and landscape of the Outer Hebrides.

The first opportunity announced today is a call for artists to produce artwork that responds to the theme of “Bealach – A Gateway to Gaelic Culture and Landscape”.  This is a unique opportunity for an artist to have the freedom to explore and interpret the theme of the Bealach programme and create artwork that will be installed, presented or performed at a location in or around Stornoway town.  Download the full Call for Artists here:  Bealach – Call for Artwork

The second is a transformational opportunity for six local creative people from Lewis and Harris to receive invaluable support and mentoring over the coming winter months from professional artists.  A fabulous pool of creative professionals are available as mentors, including published writers, professional musicians, highly experienced record producers, acclaimed visual artists, professional theatre practitioners, renowned film makers, successful fashion designers and more.  This is a potentially life changing opportunity for new and emerging creative practitioners and entrepreneurs to transform their future.  Download the full Expression of Interest here: Creative Mentoring Opportunity

An Lanntair’s Chief Executive, Elly Fletcher, said: “It’s a great feeling to get the Bealach programme off the ground with two fabulous opportunities for artists and creative practitioners.  Lewis and Harris has a thriving creative and cultural sector, full to bursting with talent.  I’m looking forward to seeing Bealach celebrating the incredible talent that’s already out there and providing a platform and way forward for new artists and creative practitioners to break through.” 

If you would like to find out more about other projects in the Bealach programme and how to get involved, An Lanntair will be hosting a launch and celebration event with the Lewis and Harris community on Thursday 29th October at 5.30pm in the An Lanntair Gallery – come along, raise a glass together, and get involved!

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