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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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Opera Highlights Autumn 2020 Four singers, excited to be performing live for the first time since lockdown, come together with a glorious array of music – from Verdi’s La traviata and Bizet’s Carmen to Gilbert & Sullivan, Mozart, Lehár and more. (Free) (Captioned)
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)(Captioned)
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) (Captioned)
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)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: The Quilter Cheviot Benedetti ConcertBenedetti 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)
The Stories We Tell About Black Lives – TraverseIn this wide-ranging video essay, academic, playwright and screenwriter, May Sumbwanyambe uses his personal experiences to explore the concerning portrayal of Black people in the media. (Free) (Captioned)
In Dreams I; – Traverse Natasha’s Happening is the first film from her in dreams i; series. The film responds to Black geographies and how Black people fit into spaces – physically or metaphorically. It is a mediation on history, identity and memory, and how these can often be blurred into one. (Free)
The Journey – Traverse An extraordinary landscape. A powerful connection. A unique moment in time. For this live, virtual theatre experience, you will use your digital device’s camera, microphone, and headphones to travel from your living room to Silven’s home in rural Scotland – a virtual space filled with beautiful cinematic imagery and high-definition immersive sound. (Paid)
The Bus Stop – Traverse Take the time to stop. Casual. Common. Everyday. Disability hate crime is on the rise. Jack, a young wheelchair user, experiences a disability hate crime as he tries to take a bus home from Edinburgh. Should he report it? It’s so casual. It’s so common. It happens every day. (Paid)(Captioned)
Tools for Change – Traverse Digital re-imaginings of three plays from the Theatre Uncut archive that explore racism, censorship, power and identity. (Free) (Captioned)
In Someone Else’s Shoes: Edinburgh’s Unexpected Summer – Traverse An immersive 360 degree video project. We all have a unique relationship to where we live, work or play – even as we share that place with thousands or millions of others. Our city is ours, and to see someone else’s view of it we must walk its streets in their shoes, see its sights with their eyes and truly hear their voices. (Free)(Captioned)
Lament for Sheku Bayoh On Sunday 3 May 2015, 31 year-old Sheku Bayoh lost his life in police custody. The young black gas engineer, husband and father was in his hometown of Kirkaldy in Fife when he was killed, prompting the urgent question: is Scotland really safe? (Paid) (Captioned, BSL, Audio Description)
Lyceum Christmas Tales An advent calendar of 12 stories for audiences in Edinburgh and beyond, combining online and live performances of new and familiar festive tales penned and performed by some of Scotland’s best-loved writers, musicians and artists. (Free)
RapunzelA very special online festive show filmed in the beautiful surrounds of Stirling Castle, created by a Christmas cracker writing team, featuring sparkling showtunes from Novasound and directed by Scottish Panto King Johnny McKnight. (Captioned, BSL, Audio Described)
The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. (Paid) (Captioned, Audio Described)
The Portal – National Theatre of ScotlandA 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)
Scenesaver’s Subtitled Collection30 productions available on their site, including Shakespeare, one-women shows, comedy, and family productions, there’s sure to be something for you! (Free – subscription required) (Captioned)
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve come up with a fun bit of art that you can do at home. We turned portraits of the staff at Cherry Road into a colouring book for one of the residents and want you to join in. Download the book here or the individual sheets below by right-clicking and saving to your computer – they’re A4 sized – and print them off at home if you can. If you look on the cover you’ll see loads of objects you can cut out and add to your picture if you want, or get creative with your own!
We want to see your wonderful creations; you can send us a picture via email here or tag us on Instagram @artlinkedin
Click on each image below to download each individual sheet, or right-click and save to your computer; they will download as pdfs and are sized at A4. You may need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
The Glasshouses Garden Group has been keeping in touch with each other while they can’t be together; Anne has been sharing a newsletter with gardening tips as well as images from peoples’ gardens and we’ve collated them into a Summer 2020 issue.
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