a frame is not a state of mind

I am proud of myself for making something unique through being creative during a challenging time. It is a time capsule that I created myself.

Chris McAdam has been working with Artlink’s Paddy O’Growney and artist James McLardy over the last months. He spoke to James about the work they have been doing together since March.

“For the last few months I’ve been working on a film based on the sights and sound within the home.  

When lockdown started Paddy was trying to think about ways to keep in touch and creative even though we could not get out.

Paddy had sent me a link to a video which James had shot from his window. When I watched the video, it made me want to give it a go. But most importantly I wanted to stay in touch.

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Arts Access Online Arts and Culture (Don't Delete - Reusable Content)

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Theatre/Dance/Opera/Musicals  |  Opera and Classical Music  |  Other Music  |  Theatre  |  Dance  |  Musicals  |  Cabaret  |  Comedy  |  Film  |  Arts and Culture Virtual Tours  |  Scottish Art Gallery and Museum Tours  |  Life Drawing  |  Live Art  |  Literature  |  Across the Arts  |  Scottish History and Culture  |  UK History and Culture
Theatre, Dance, Opera and Classic Music

Performing arts on demand – offers on-demand access to critically acclaimed dance, opera and theatre performances from across the globe. Marquee.TV  (free 30 days)


Daily updated list of free theatre, musicals and operas streaming around the world. Filmed on Stage  (free)


Keep Going – Together is a resource from Perth Concert Hall + Theatre that brings together theatre, music and comedy.


Opera and Classical Music

Concerts from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra   (Free)


Concerts, archive footage and live-streams from The Vienna State Opera  (Free, paid or 30 day free trial)


Welcome the Berliner Philharmoniker into your home – on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Live or on-demand from our archive. Digital Concert Hall  (Use code BERLINPHIL for free access)


On demand concerts and opera from Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Teatro Massimo  (Free)


OperaVision brings you the finest European operatic productions free, live and on-demand. Operavision.eu  (Free)


Watch Opera North’s acclaimed staging of Wagner’s epic masterpiece online, in full, for free. Opera North – The Ring Cycle  (Free)


Concerts from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.  (Free)


Watch Maxim Vengerov’s exclusive at-home concert for Classic FM. Classic FM  (Free)


Met Opera On Demand, a series of encore Live in HD presentations.  (Paid)


The world’s leading classical music channel, medici.tv has offered access to the best of classical music to viewers worldwide since 2008. Medici.tv  (paid – 35% discount available)


Other Music Listings

Noisy Nights are going digital! We are planning not just one but four nights of brand new music with Red Note musicians that you can enjoy from your own home. Red Note Ensemble  (Free)


Tolbooth Projections is a series of live session videos produced by the Tolbooth arts venue in Stirling, Scotland.  (Free)


Stingray Qello is the world’s leading streaming service for full-length concerts and music documentaries on-demand.  (Free and paid)


Theatre

Digital Theatre brings the live theatre experience to your screen by instantly streaming the best theatre productions from around the world anytime, anywhere.   (Paid)


Archive of streamed productions from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre  (Free and paid)


Scenes for Survival – a crisis responsive artistic online project launched in association with BBC Scotland and BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project.  (Free)


A new digital series by Irish Rep and Michael Mellamphy featuring Irish Rep company members. Irish Rep will release a series of homemade videos on our social media channels from our incredible actors performing their favorite songs, poems and monologues from Irish & Irish American playwrights, poets, and musicians. Irish Rep – The Show Must Go On.  (Free)


Join us every Thursday for much-loved National Theatre Live productions, free to stream on YouTube for seven days. National Theatre Live  (Free)


The home of theatre in virtual reality. Experience great live performances on-demand, in stunning 360° virtual reality. Livr.co.uk  (Paid – free trial)


Dance

Sadler’s Wells presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online, to keep you entertained and connected through dance, wherever you are in the world while our live stages are dark.  (Paid)


Musicals Listings

The Wind in the Willows the Musical available to stream online. (Paid)


 


Comedy

Live-stream Saturday night comedy show from comedy’s finest venue, The Stand.  (Free)


Visit The Gilded Balloon for a ‘Virtual Fringe’ a selection of live-stream shows with a difference throughout August, where big names, newcomers and all those in between from the worlds of comedy, music, cabaret, spoken word and more perform from their homes.  (Free)


Film Listings

MUBI features hand-picked films to watch or download. From forgotten gems to festival-fresh cinema. From cult classics to award-winning masterpieces. Changes daily. MUBI.com  (Paid)


Rent the latest releases, subscribe to classics and explore the best from the BFI, national and regional archives. British Film Institute  (Paid and free)


Learn film in 40 days with Mark Cousins’s virtual course on Indiewire.  (Free)


Arts and Culture Virtual Tours

4D tour of Weymss Caves, Scotland  (Free)


Virtual tour of the National Gallery, London  (Free)


Virtual tours of the Louvre, Paris  (Free, requires plugin)


Virtual tour of Windsor Castle  (Free)


Virtual tour of the Vatican Museum  (Free)


360 tour of Tate Modern. Follow Nick Grimshaw and Frances Morris on a whistlestop tour around Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building  (Free)


This virtual tour uses a new photographic technique to show The Courtauld Gallery in exceptional close-up quality.  (Free)


Immerse yourself online using your computer, laptop or mobile and explore a selection of rooms at the National Portrait Gallery, London  (Free)


The British Museum virtual tour – many more available through the Google Arts and Culture App.  (Free)


A one-take journey through Russia’s iconic Hermitage Museum.  (Free)


The Thyseen Museum, Madrid, Rembrandt Tour  (Free)


Covid-19 closed this widow’s exhibition of her husband’s art after just one day, so Time Out put it online. Alfred Cohen: An American Artist in Europe  (Free)


Scottish Art Galleries

Explore the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland online.  (Free)


Explore the collections of the National Museums of Scotland online.  (Free)


Scottish Natural Gallery Sculpture Park virtual tour. (Free)


Life Drawing

All are welcome to join The ATYN online drawing club from anywhere in the world. We can all sketch together, taking 2 hours to relax and create.  (Paid)


Live Art

Video clips from the archive of The National Review of Live Art, the UK’s foremost festival of performance, installation and video art.  (Free)


Literature

Explore the collections of the National Library of Scotland Online  (Free)


My Virtual Literary Festival, the online literary festival. Connecting readers and authors.


BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine – Bringing arts and culture into your home.  (Free)


A selection of talks from The Sarabande Foundation which looks at some of the creative arts that Sarabande supports: art, fashion, film and jewellery.  (Free)


Live streaming some of the top podcasts from Cosmic Shambles like Book Shambles and Science Shambles, presenting mixed bill comedy nights and conversations all without anyone leaving their home.  (Free)


Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media.  (Free)


The Internet Archive is building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artefacts in digital form.


Luminate@Home is a series of films designed to inspire and guide you through a creative activity that can be done at home or in a care home.  (Free)


Scottish History

Explore around 100 years of Scotland’s history captured by amateur and professional filmmakers. The National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive (formerly the Scottish Screen Archive) has something for everyone.   (Free)


Cultural heritage learning blog from SCRAN which offers digital access to over half a million photographs, moving images and sounds from museums, galleries, libraries, archives and the media.  (Free)


Acting as an online, interactive archive, Lost Edinburgh allows its followers to share, discuss and learn from the city’s colourful past through like minded individuals and even the city’s own residents.  (Free)


Explore the collections of Historic Environment Scotland – archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage.  (Free)


Dig deep into the history of places in Scotland and beyond at Pastmap.org to discover fascinating insights into hidden stories and histories of buildings, towns and cities.


Tobar an Dualchais contains a wealth of Gaelic and Scots recordings such as folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories and other information.  (Free)


Explore Historic Environment Scotland’s object collection online.


Explore an online collection of traditional music from the Shetland Isles at School of Scottish Studies Archives.


The Britain from Above website features images from the Aerofilms collection, a unique aerial photographic archive.  (Free)


NCAP is the National Collection of Aerial Photography. One of the largest collections of aerial imagery in the world, containing tens of millions of aerial images featuring historic events and places around the world.  (Free)


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Arts Access - Online Arts and Culture (Reinsert after Festival - Don't delete)

Online Arts and Culture Festival Edition

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Opera and Classical Music | Theatre  |  Literature  |  Dance  |  Comedy  |  Film  |  Arts and Culture Virtual Tours  |  Scottish Art Gallery and Museum Tours  |  Life Drawing  |  Scottish History and Culture  
Opera and Classical Music

The Narcissistic Fish – A Scottish Opera Short A phone call during a busy shift in the restaurant kitchen of The Narcissistic Fish sparks a war between the owner Angus and his brother Kai. As they argue over their dead father, talented and underpaid chef Belle has a revelation of her own. (Free)


The Diary of One Who Disappeared – An Opera in Concert Created for Lammermuir Festival 2020 by Scottish Opera. Janácek’s feverish fable of obsessive love, desire and escape is broadcast from Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in a specially-created concert performance. (Free)


Digital Season RSNO Over the coming months you can enjoy ten glorious concerts which will be filmed live for you in the RSNO’s studio with COVID-19 secure measures in place. These ten performances are a reimagining of our 2020:21 Season. (Paid)


SCO: The Quilter Cheviot Benedetti Concert Benedetti Plays Bruch. Of the nine major works that Bruch wrote for violin, his first Violin Concerto is easily the most popular. A matchless ability to balance melodic simplicity and virtuosity is exemplified in the Adagio, where soaring lines and bravura technical displays are tempered with the sweetness of a lullaby. (Free)


Friday Night Club – RSNO Archive Concerts 15 free online concerts from our archives, featuring beloved music performed by world-class musicians. (Free)


Theatre

User Not Found – Traverse Festival What happens to your digital life after you die? If there was a magic button, would you delete your online existence? USER NOT FOUND is an immersive video podcast about what happens to our online identities after we die and has been designed to be experienced on any smartphone model, using in/over ear headphones; the viewer experience will vary on a desktop/iPad. (Free. Available until 10th October) 


Scenes For Survival – National Theatre of Scotland  A new season of 55 digital artworks created in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. (Free) 


Ghost Light – National Theatre of Scotland A love letter evoking moments from Scottish theatrical performances past, present and future with works from writers including J.M. Barrie, David Greig and Jackie Kay, and original composition by Patricia Panther. (Free)


Makar to Makar – National Theatre of Scotland Archive of a series of conversation, spoken word and music gigs created and curated by Jackie Kay from May-August 2020. (Free) 


The Portal – National Theatre of Scotland A new podcast for unusual times. Lose yourself in a story of obsession, 40 years of nightlife and 4,000 years of human connection. Two episodes will be released every Friday until 30 October (Free)


Literature
Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2020 Online and in-person events. Experience the joy of storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity as we explore Scotland, a nation shaped by water. (Free and Paid)


National Library of Scotland Explore the collections online. (Free)


Dance

SBTV – Scottish Ballet Online Trailers, tutorials, behind the scenes videos and short documentaries from Scottish Ballet. (Free)


Comedy

The Stand on Demand Archive of performances from The Stand comedy club. (Paid) 


Film Listings

MUBI.com features hand-picked films to watch or download. From forgotten gems to festival-fresh cinema. From cult classics to award-winning masterpieces. Changes daily.   (Paid)


British Film Institute Rent the latest releases, subscribe to classics and explore the best from the BFI, national and regional archives. (Paid and free)


Virtual Tours

Weymss Caves, Scotland 4D tour online. (Free)


Arts and Gallery

National Galleries of Scotland Explore the collections online. (Free)


2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions – Scottish National Portrait Gallery Online and in gallery, a display which offers visitors an opportunity to reflect on the events of this year and glimpse brief snapshots into other lives lived during this difficult and troubling time. (Free)


National Museums of Scotland Explore the collections online. (Free)


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Sculpture Park described virtual tour. (Visual Impaired Accessible. Free)


Life Drawing

The ATYN online drawing club All are welcome to join from anywhere in the world. We can all sketch together, taking 2 hours to relax and create. (Paid)


Scottish History

The National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive (formerly the Scottish Screen Archive) has something for everyone. Explore around 100 years of Scotland’s history captured by amateur and professional filmmakers. (Free)


SCRAN Cultural heritage learning blog which offers digital access to over half a million photographs, moving images and sounds from museums, galleries, libraries, archives and the media. (Free)


Lost Edinburgh an online, interactive archive, allows its followers to share, discuss and learn from the city’s colourful past through like minded individuals and even the city’s own residents. (Free)


Historic Environment Scotland Explore the collections online – archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage. (Free)


Pastmap.org Dig deep into the history of places in Scotland and beyond to discover fascinating insights into hidden stories and histories of buildings, towns and cities. (Free)


Tobar an Dualchais contains a wealth of Gaelic and Scots recordings such as folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories and other information.  (Free)


Historic Environment Scotland Explore their object collection online. (Free)


School of Scottish Studies Archives Explore an online collection of traditional music from the Shetland Isles. (Free)


Please note: Artlink is not responsible for the content of external links, and some sites may require registration and/or payment to view content.

KMADOTCOM | A RESPONSE TO INCREDIBLY STRANGE TIMES

KMAdotcom the artist studio in Midlothian, have continued to produce artwork throughout lockdown. A collective of artists with and without learning disabilities – united by their creative perspectives about the world, though their latest work might be enjoyed by anyone who like them, struggled (and continues to struggle!) with these incredibly strange times.

The colouring book can be bought in the Artlink shop.

Over the last few years, the studio has been open on Mondays and Fridays where work has been created for galleries, local businesses and museums – so being kept apart from each other was incredibly foreign. The KMA studio is a place of collaboration and ideas flow from spontaneous conversation. Lockdown forced the artists to find a new ways of working by sharing ideas through video calls and posting materials to each other.

The colouring in book is only one small part of what they achieved. Other highlights are:

  • Leanne Ross was commissioned by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to make work for the staff’s Rest and Recover Hubs.
  • Our wordsmith Marc Smith had his poetry about lockdown published alongside the likes of Margaret Atwood and Moira Jeffrey on the Konch Poetry Podcast.
  • A brand new collection of artworks commissioned by the Collective Gallery for their retail space, Collective Matter is due to launch late Autumn.
  • We hosted a disco for over 40 people to dress up on a Wednesday afternoon and dance online with Glasgow DJ’s Fallope and the Tubes!

Leanne Ross’ work in situ at the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Rest and Recovery Hubs.

You can read more about us on the KMA website or see behind the scenes action on the Instagram page.

Arts Access During Covid-19

Client and Storyteller Socially Distanced in Garden

Client and Storyteller Socially Distanced in Garden

Artlink’s Arts Access service has been running for over 35 years, helping people who need support to go out to arts events with a volunteer driver/companion.

The great thing about Arts Access is its variety and flexibility. Our 200 clients range in age from their early 20s to over 100. People live in many different situations, some with families, some alone, others in supported accommodation, care homes, and hospitals. Over 100 volunteers come from all walks of life, from artists and archaeologists to physiotherapists, doctors and IT specialists. What unites us all is our love of going out together, and enjoying all kinds of arts events, including live performances, cultural talks, musicals, exhibitions, concerts and films.

The Covid-19 crisis has been difficult for Arts Access. Theatres and venues have been closed, and performances have been cancelled and rescheduled far into 2021. Many of our clients are shielding or have health conditions which make them particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, and others require physical support – perhaps an arm for guiding or balance – which social distancing guidelines prohibits. While online cultural content has blossomed, many of the people we work with don’t have internet access.

Working with the Scottish Storytelling Centre this summer, we arranged socially distanced storytelling.

Client and Storyteller Close Up

Storytellers were matched to people based on their interests and experiences, and we travelled to Sweden and Kenya while dodging the drizzle in our Edinburgh gardens. Being together and having this face to face contact was so cheering and positive, that we are planning to offer more of these sessions during the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October.

Volunteers have been staying in touch with our clients with regular phone calls, maintaining relationships which have been nurtured over the years. We want to try to harness this resource of goodwill and communication, and plan to gather stories about past outings, and what Arts Access means to people. We hope that collating these stories will highlight the importance and longevity of the project, and help us to feel optimistic about what the future will bring.

CREATE: Crafting with Joan.

Joan is a regular attendee at the Glasshouses, and during lockdown she’s been busy working on tons of arts and crafts projects. From painting to creating amazing creatures using felt, it’s been inspirational to see how she’s spent her time.

As part of the Art is Where You Are project which keeps creativity flowing throughout lockdown and beyond, Joan has made some crafting with felt projects that you can make at home yourself.

They’re A4 pdf files that you can print at home if need be; just click on the images below. You may need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/download them.

HOSPITAL ARTS SUMMER NEWSLETTER

We want to acknowledge the amazing work that NHS staff have been doing over the last 5 months in what are incredibly challenging times. THANK YOU! Read more …

Artlink partner in delivering the Tonic Arts Participatory Programme on behalf of the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.

Arts Access - Online Arts and Culture (October Edition)

Online Arts & Culture October 2020

Please scroll down to view each section, or click on the individual links below to jump straight to that section.

Opera and Classical Music | Theatre  |  Literature  |  Dance  |  Comedy  |  Film  |  Arts and Culture Virtual Tours  |  Scottish Art Gallery and Museum Tours  |  Life Drawing  |  Scottish History and Culture  

Opera and Classical Music

The Narcissistic Fish – A Scottish Opera Short A phone call during a busy shift in the restaurant kitchen of The Narcissistic Fish sparks a war between the owner Angus and his brother Kai. As they argue over their dead father, talented and underpaid chef Belle has a revelation of her own. (Free)


The Diary of One Who Disappeared – An Opera in Concert Created for Lammermuir Festival 2020 by Scottish Opera. Janácek’s feverish fable of obsessive love, desire and escape is broadcast from Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in a specially-created concert performance. (Free)


Digital Season RSNO Over the coming months you can enjoy ten glorious concerts which will be filmed live for you in the RSNO’s studio with COVID-19 secure measures in place. These ten performances are a reimagining of our 2020:21 Season. (Paid)


SCO: The Quilter Cheviot Benedetti Concert Benedetti Plays Bruch. Of the nine major works that Bruch wrote for violin, his first Violin Concerto is easily the most popular. A matchless ability to balance melodic simplicity and virtuosity is exemplified in the Adagio, where soaring lines and bravura technical displays are tempered with the sweetness of a lullaby. (Free)


Friday Night Club – RSNO Archive Concerts 15 free online concerts from our archives, featuring beloved music performed by world-class musicians. (Free)


Theatre Listings

User Not Found – Traverse Festival What happens to your digital life after you die? If there was a magic button, would you delete your online existence? USER NOT FOUND is an immersive video podcast about what happens to our online identities after we die and has been designed to be experienced on any smartphone model, using in/over ear headphones; the viewer experience will vary on a desktop/iPad. (Free. Available until 10th October) 


Scenes For Survival – National Theatre of Scotland  A new season of 55 digital artworks created in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. (Free) 


Ghost Light – National Theatre of Scotland A love letter evoking moments from Scottish theatrical performances past, present and future with works from writers including J.M. Barrie, David Greig and Jackie Kay, and original composition by Patricia Panther. (Free)


Makar to Makar – National Theatre of Scotland Archive of a series of conversation, spoken word and music gigs created and curated by Jackie Kay from May-August 2020. (Free) 


The Portal – National Theatre of Scotland A new podcast for unusual times. Lose yourself in a story of obsession, 40 years of nightlife and 4,000 years of human connection. Two episodes will be released every Friday until 30 October (Free)


Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2020 Online and in-person events. Experience the joy of storytelling, oral traditions and cultural diversity as we explore Scotland, a nation shaped by water. (Free and Paid)


National Library of Scotland Explore the collections online. (Free)


Dance Listings

SBTV – Scottish Ballet Online Trailers, tutorials, behind the scenes videos and short documentaries from Scottish Ballet. (Free)


Comedy

The Stand on Demand Archive of performances from The Stand comedy club. (Paid) 


Film Listings

MUBI.com features hand-picked films to watch or download. From forgotten gems to festival-fresh cinema. From cult classics to award-winning masterpieces. Changes daily.   (Paid)


British Film Institute Rent the latest releases, subscribe to classics and explore the best from the BFI, national and regional archives. (Paid and free)


Arts and Culture Virtual Tours

Weymss Caves, Scotland 4D tour online. (Free)


Scottish Art Gallery and Museum Collections

National Galleries of Scotland Explore the collections online. (Free)


2020: Stories, Portraits, Visions – Scottish National Portrait Gallery Online and in gallery, a display which offers visitors an opportunity to reflect on the events of this year and glimpse brief snapshots into other lives lived during this difficult and troubling time. (Free)


National Museums of Scotland Explore the collections online. (Free)


Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Sculpture Park described virtual tour. (Visual Impaired Accessible. Free)


The ATYN online drawing club All are welcome to join from anywhere in the world. We can all sketch together, taking 2 hours to relax and create. (Paid)


The National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive (formerly the Scottish Screen Archive) has something for everyone. Explore around 100 years of Scotland’s history captured by amateur and professional filmmakers. (Free)


SCRAN Cultural heritage learning blog which offers digital access to over half a million photographs, moving images and sounds from museums, galleries, libraries, archives and the media. (Free)


Lost Edinburgh an online, interactive archive, allows its followers to share, discuss and learn from the city’s colourful past through like minded individuals and even the city’s own residents. (Free)


Historic Environment Scotland Explore the collections online – archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage. (Free)


Pastmap.org Dig deep into the history of places in Scotland and beyond to discover fascinating insights into hidden stories and histories of buildings, towns and cities. (Free)


Tobar an Dualchais contains a wealth of Gaelic and Scots recordings such as folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, traditions, stories and other information.  (Free)


Historic Environment Scotland Explore their object collection online. (Free)


School of Scottish Studies Archives Explore an online collection of traditional music from the Shetland Isles. (Free)


Please note: Artlink is not responsible for the content of external links, and some sites may require registration and/or payment to view content.

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Artlink would love to see what you see outside your window.

Draw, paint, collage – or even photograph – the view from one of your windows (or doorway, or balcony etc) and send a photo of it to: glasshouses@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk.

We will not include people’s names, but by sending the images to us you are giving us permission to share these artworks online so that others can see the wonderful work produced. Please include a rough location so people can know the area the view is from.