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Tobar an Dualchais & ATLAS Arts: Plural Futures archive residency

Hamish Henderson interviewing Allidh Dall Stewart who was a traveller, tinsmith, piper, soldier and singer and was widely regarded as one of the great Gaelic-speaking storytellers of his time. (c) School of Scottish Studies Archive

Hamish Henderson interviewing Allidh Dall Stewart who was a traveller, tinsmith, piper, soldier and singer and was widely regarded as one of the great Gaelic-speaking storytellers of his time. (c) School of Scottish Studies Archive

ATLAS Arts and Tobar an Dualchais are delighted to announce the inaugural Plural Futures Archive Residency this summer.

Supported by a £1000 fee, the selected artist will be invited to undertake a period of public research in the Tobar an Dualchais digital archive. Open to visual and sound artists with an interest in oral history, archives and sound, this residency aims to foster meaningful engagement with Gaelic culture and heritage, and to build critical and imaginative responses to the complexities of Scottish history and cultural identity. 

Tobar an Dualchais is Scotland’s largest online collection of sound recordings, consisting of up to 50,000 recordings of songs, music, history, poetry, traditions and stories collected from across Scotland from the 1930s onwards. 

The residency includes a fee waiver for TaD’s Creative Connections Short Course, which gives an introduction to the many important tradition bearers whose recordings populate the archives, offering tools to explore the material with greater care and understanding. Course leaders will help participants explore the potential of the online resource through various lenses, including local creativity, cultural ecology and environmental awareness. 

Looking to the past in order to inform the future, the selected artist is invited to attend this course as part of the residency, to spend time researching the archive, and to work with ATLAS and TaD to develop an initial creative response or sharing thereafter. The form of this sharing is open, but may take the form of a simple online event, film, sound work or other appropriate format.

This residency is part of ATLAS Arts’ Plural Futures programme. Plural Futures is a thread running across ATLAS projects in 2020 which includes film events, artworks, collective-making, meals, discussions and long term processes of work, organised by ATLAS Arts in collaboration with community groups around Skye and Lochalsh. This programme is about thinking about many different kinds of possible futures and ways of relating to the world – whilst building solidarity in this imagining. 

More information on ATLAS Arts Programmes here: https://atlasarts.org.uk/projects/plural-futures/

More information on Tobar an Dualchais here: http://tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/

Project timeline:

Deadline for proposals: 7 July 2020

Selected artist informed: 10 July 2020

TaD’s Creative Connections Online course: 9.30 – 10.45, 11.15 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 15.00 on 27, 28, 29 July 2020

Throughout August (dates flexible): residency research (online)

August or September: Public sharing

Remuneration: 

A £1000 fee is offered for the research residency resulting in a public sharing or outcome. An additional production budget of £250 will be available for this.

Eligibility:

Open to visual artists and sound artists working in Scotland.

How to apply: 

Recognising that responding to open calls can often be time consuming and without remuneration, we have kept the initial application process simple. Please email a short statement of interest of no more than one side of A4, outlining:

1. Your interest in engaging with Gaelic language and culture

2. Your interest in the Tobar an Dualchais gaelic collection

3. A description of your creative practice, approach and research interests

4. Your ability to attend TaD’s 3 day course via Zoom on 27-29 July

You may also include links to existing supporting material (website/social media/ past projects).

ALTERNATIVE FORMATS – instead of a written submission, you may instead submit a short video proposal, or audio recording, of no more than 5 minutes.

Email statements and EDI form to: admin@atlasarts.org.uk by 10am Tuesday 7th of July 2020.

If you have any further queries about the application process, please contact Katharine Barrington, ATLAS programme assistant at katharine@atlasarts.org.uk to discuss.

Published on 15 June 2020