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Skye Arts Partnership Announce Successful Applicants for 2015

Photo of Leighton Jones

Artists receive funding to create new work, learn new skills and take their practice to another level.

A diverse range of artforms are represented in the second round of bursaries that have been awarded to nine talented artists from Skye & Lochalsh.

The successful candidates are:

Ishbel Strachan a musician and film maker, who will visit the Swannanoa Gathering, Old time Music & Dance week in North Carolina. She will develop her banjo technique, learn new ways of playing, and learn songs and tunes in the Appalachian region where much of this music originates.

Sandy Gallagher will develop her stained glass technique with a course at Northlands Glass and a month long residency on Iona.

This is the second time a jeweller has been successful and in this round Jennifer Carter Pearson will attend a course at Central Saint Martins, London, to learn the skills and techniques of hand wax carving, which lends itself to the creation of form through a sculptural process.

Lorraine Nolan Scott is an aspiring community artist who will be developing her skills by delivering creative workshops in Kilmuir and Staffin Primary schools.

Frances Yeats, a young stone mason, has an ambitious plan for a piece of stone carving which may have the potential of becoming a piece of public art.

Caroline Dear and Leighton Jones were also successful. Leighton will build on his professional development as a composer, by undertaking a programme of activity that builds on his conducting studies in Brasov, Romania, which was part of a 2014 award. Caroline’s project will research the historically close connection between specific plants and the techniques used to make items for wearing. She is interested in exploring the ancient traditional techniques, the plants and how they were prepared.

The awards also give Rody Gorman, the writer and poet, the opportunity to develop new work as a form of professional development and an innovative extension of his creative practice based on the medieval Gaelic romance ‘The Frenzy of Sweeney’. This new work is to consist of a multiform, multilingual and polysemantic series of poems, songs and prose passages in Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic and English. He will develop the texts as a play and song sequence for broadcast and live performance.

An exciting opportunity is now available to Liondsaidh Chaimbeul who is going to return to her practice after many years bringing up her family. She will use this award to learn and develop carving techniques, particularly in wood, which will be a new direction for her. She will create and develop a body of new work to exhibit within the Gàidhealtachd (which of course stretches from Portnalong to Patagonia!).

On behalf of the partners: SEALL, Aros, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Fèisean nan Gaidheal and ATLAS Arts, Emma Nicolson Director of ATLAS said …’The Talent Development Initiative gives artists, locally, the opportunity to formulate their ideas and present them to the Partners. And even if they don’t go on to be funded, it still means we can start a dialogue with them about their project. In some cases it has led to us acting as mentors to help develop their ideas and certainly our door is open to anyone who wants advice.’

During 2014 the Partners have supported the project in a variety of ways through mentoring and by showcasing some of the work that has already been produced. The partners are about to embark on plans to consider more opportunities to showcase work from the project over the coming year and when it comes to an end in 2016. The current award winners have a year to complete their projects. You can have a look and what some of them have already done here.

The initiative has supported thirty applicants in total to make applications and seventeen artists have been successful.

One artist who had originally applied in 2014 has reapplied successfully this year. She said…’The feedback I received from ATLAS on my previous application helped me to understand that the process of creating a body of work is equally as important as the outcome. It gave me a chance to reflect on my development process and pinpoint the areas that I needed to improve to create a meaningful body of work.’

Funded by Creative Scotland this initiative has offered artists bursaries between two and three thousand pounds and a smaller award for mentoring and skills development of up to one thousand pounds each.


Published on 01 March 2015