The Makers in 2021 Part 1 - Theatre and Dance

The Makers are group of like-minded creatives with and without learning disability.  The Makers  involves a wide variety of creative workshops inspired by creative interests. It’s about working with others to learn something new, develop a skill, make something, or make something happen together and to have a whole heap of fun at the same time.

During 2021 The Makers have kept connected and creative with online sessions and joyful in person workshops when restrictions eased. Over the next six weeks we’ll be bringing you a series of three updates about what they’ve been up to.

Theatre for the Fabulous with Suzi Morrice & Keith McNeil

Theatre for The Fabulous came about because one of the Makers, Keith McNeill, and other Makers are passionate about acting and drama. Keith likes to make people laugh, he’s a showman and naturally puts people at ease. He loves drama and wants to develop his own skills whilst helping others to enhance their acting skills. He has been working in collaboration drama professional Suzi Morrice to learn and develop the skills to co-facilitate a series of Zoom and in person drama workshops with The Makers. Keith & Suzi brain storm workshop ideas together, and support each other to run the sessions. Theatre for The Fabulous workshops have involved improvisation, drama games, creating monologues and making people laugh. When restrictions lifted this year Suzi & Keith were able to bring the whole group together for the first time for a series of in person drama workshops at The Steading in Rosewell. We’re hoping with the help of additional funding that this can become a more regular workshop.

“Totally buzzing after the workshops, loved it”
Keith McNeill

Dance with indepen-dance
Cheryl, Sophie, Morvern, Ben, Leanne, Emma, Marc, Amanda, Sam, David, Nicola, Audrey and Michaela love to dance. When lockdown hit we all stopped moving as much, and were stuck at home most of the time so we asked dancers Wils & Aimee from Glasgow based Indepen-dance to help get us moving again on Zoom. We posted out a series of dance props to everyone. It was so sort after we added more dates, then more after that, people didn’t want it to end so it happened every Monday morning at 11am to see us through the darkest days of lockdown from January – April 2021.  Last month, we eventually all met up in person in Dalkeith Country park for a really amazing socially distanced boogie to the beats together in the park with Wils & Aimme.

“Loved it, Monday mornings were great, Wils is very funny, he makes us laugh as well as dance!”
Morvern Robb

“Dancing in the park was amazing”
Robert Kocaba

Due to the popularity of these dance workshops we’re working in collaboration with more local Dalkeith based KIC Dance to offer more in person dance workshops over the autumn.

Next up: The Makers in 2021 Part 2 – Music Making 

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Edinburgh Art Festival – Rotten TV a digital residency and broadcasting studio for artists and thinkers from Indonesia, Brazil and the UK, rethinking perceptions of life, death and ecosystem renewal. Six episodes will be broadcast throughout 2021, culminating in a broadcast to coincide with the COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow, November 2021. (Online)


Edinburgh Art Festival – Camara Taylor: holus bolus , is inspired by the tellings and re-tellings of the life and death of William Davidson (1781 – 1820). Conspirator, radical or wrongfully convicted, Davidson was the son of a Scotsman, the Attorney General of Jamaica, and a black woman.  Taylor works with and against court transcripts, rumour, anecdote and regency era records and ephemera; questioning what these can tell us about Black presence – or even a single figure. (Online)


Edinburgh Art Festival – Chizu Anucha: Slump, subside and other farewells an audio work and video documentation of a live performance combining archive materials and original music. The piece will build a collective imagination of a utopian future by tuning into the temporal resonances of the many black abolitionists that visited Edinburgh in the 19th century. (Online)


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh Book Festival – BSL Events A variety of online BSL interpreted events from across the Book Festival (BSL)(Online)


Edinburgh Book Festival – Captioned Events A variety of online captioned events from across the Book Festival (Captioned)(Online)


Edinburgh Book Festival – Learning Disability Friendly Events  A variety of online learning disability friendly events from across the Book Festival (Learning Disability Friendly)(Online)


Edinburgh Book Festival – Online Events A variety of online events from across the Book Festival (Online)


Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh Fringe – Online Events A variety of online events from across the Fringe (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Ariadne auf Naxos Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in a filmed concert performance of Richard Strauss’ comedy Ariadne auf Naxos. It’s the party to end all parties. But two entertainments have been double-booked to mark the evening’s climax – a serious opera and a slapstick comedy. The star soprano is throwing a tantrum and the staff are hiding the chaos from the boss. There’s only one solution: perform both shows at the same time. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Chineke! Orchestra & William Eddins The Chineke! Orchestra joins dynamic mezzo soprano Andrea Baker in a filmed performance of the trailblazing song cycle woman.life.song, featuring influences of pop, blues and jazz. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Chotto Xenos Choreographer Akram Khan and director Sue Buckmaster take young audiences back in time to explore how war begins and how it ends. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Dancing in the Streets: Alice Ripoll Rio de Janeiro-based choreographer Alice Ripoll’s celebratory film about the lives of her company’s dancers. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Dancing in the Streets: Janice Parker Choreographer Janice Parker’s reflective filmic series Small Acts of Hope and Lament, shot in Edinburgh on her iPhone 6. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Dancing in the Streets: Omar Rajeh Beirut-based choreographer and dancer Omar Rajeh’s film presents a micro to macro view of his home city. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Lament for Sheku Bayoh Writer and Director Hannah Lavery leads an artistic yet grief-filled response to the 2015 death in Scottish police custody of Sheku Bayoh. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Malcolm Martineau & Friends Distinguished pianist Malcolm Martineau and a gathering of musical friends in a filmed concert of songs based on the poetry of Sir Walter Scott. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – Talisk Combining concertina, fiddle and guitar, the fiery Talisk trio are filmed giving a typically fast-paced and genre-bending performance. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – The Soldier’s Tale A darkly humorous musical storytelling filmed performance combining dance, theatre and International Festival resident artist Nicola Benedetti’s superb violin playing. (Online)


Edinburgh International Festival Theatre at Home – You Bury Me From writer Ahlam and director Katie Posner, this film presents the award-winning You Bury Me as a poignant snapshot of post-Arab-Spring Cairo. (Online)


Edinburgh Festival Carnival

Edinburgh Festival Carnival Highlights from the three-day celebration with a vibrant mix of performances all free and brought to you on Youtube. (Online)


Opera and Classical Music Listings

Breath Cycle – Scottish Opera For people with breathing difficulties and those recovering from COVID-19. Singing is a fun and creative way to improve your health and wellbeing – no experience necessary! The benefits of singing regularly are widely recognised, from improved lung function and circulation to a strengthened immune system, improved posture, and better breath control – it can even provide relief from stress and anxiety.


SCO – Musical Postcards This summer as we can’t get on the road quite yet, we will be sending out a series of musical postcards from our players to you. Coming to you from iconic locations across Scotland, as well as favourite Summer Tour venues, join us for musical moments every Friday at 1pm. (Online)


Scottish Opera: On Screen A growing collection of Scottish Opera films, including brand new commissions from contemporary music makers, re-workings of much-loved favourites and staged concert performances. Created exclusively to be experienced on-screen. (Free) (Captioned and audio described performances available)


Digital Season RSNO Spring/Summer 2021 Over the coming months you can enjoy nine spectacular orchestral and chamber concerts, filmed live for you in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the RSNO’s Studio, with COVID-19 secure measures in place. (Paid)


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


Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Watch at Home 11 concerts filmed at a variety of locations across Scotland and broadcast online. (Free)


Theatre Listings

The Dream Frequencies – Traverse (Audio Play) Journey with MJ and his contributors from dusk until dawn – from the unsettling to the bizarre to the soothing and back again – in this immersive audio theatre experience which transports listeners into the unknown and unexpected worlds inside the heads and under the eyelids of others. (Free)


When The Sun Meets The Sky – Traverse (Audio Play) Set in iconic Edinburgh locations – from summertime in the Meadows after the war, to a Beatles gig in the ABC on Lothian Road, Christmastime on the Mound in the 80s and ending up in the Port O’Leith after the turn of the millennium, When The Sun Leaves The Sky tracks Maggie through the decades as she discovers herself, her city and tries to get to the bottom of a mystery that’s eluded her since childhood. (Free)(Dementia Friendly)(Large Print, CD & DVD versions available)(Sensory Box)


The Coming Back Ball – National Theatre of Scotland A glorious celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, and intersex elders. Your hosts for this digital event will be Karen Dunbar and Jamie Rea. The Ball will feature performances from Scottish icon and long-time project supporter Horse, the sensational performance poet Dean Atta, a contribution from Maggie Kinloch and the legendary Jo Clifford will perform a new piece inspired by the project. Look forward to music, dancing and the chance to chat with fellow Ball attendees via your zoom table. (Pay what you wish) (Audio described) (Captioned)


Dear Deelight – National Theatre of Scotland The brand-new drag-ony aunt phenomenon doling out sage advice and sassy quips. Dreary dates, bad boyfriends and rocky relationships – the Real Housewife of Leith has all the answers. (Free)


Sundown Stories – Capital Theatres Sundown Stories is a series of short stories adapted for film for anyone who might enjoy a calming and relaxing story. The stories, written by and for persons living with dementia, are delivered in a calming environment, a gentle pace and soothing tone. (Free) (Captioned, some BSL, Dementia Friendly)


StageText Listings of online captioned performances, talks and events from across the UK. (Free and Paid)(Captioned)


Vocal Eyes Provides listings of Audio Described online theatre performances and events accessible to blind and partially sighted people. (Free and Paid) (Audio Described)


Literature Listings
Online Guide to Scottish Poets – The Scottish Poetry Library Online A popular resource for lovers of poetry the world over (Free)


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

Dance Listings

Dark Full Ride – Scottish Ballet Set to a cacophony of music recorded by four drummers, Dark Full Ride mirrors interweaving percussive sounds with movement. This film follows four dancers as they explosively intertwine and interact on a dark and empty stage, reflecting the labyrinth of sound and changing tempos created by the drums. (Membership required – Free to sign up)


Dive – Scottish Ballet Scottish Ballet’s Choreographer in Residence Sophie Laplane partners with James Bonas (The Crucible) and film director Oscar Sansom to create Dive, a short film inspired by French artist Yves Klein and what has become the world’s most famous shade of blue. (Membership required – Free to sign up)


Odyssey – Scottish Ballet Choreographed by Scottish Ballet Soloist Nicholas Shoesmith (Catalyst, The Fates) and directed by Ciaran Lyons, this high-octane short film takes viewers on a journey through a game-like landscape inhabited by otherworldly beings, where the real and virtual collide. (Membership required – Free to sign up)


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


Comedy Listings

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)


Edinburgh Landmarks Virtual Tours of Edinburgh’s buildings, attractions, view points and famous streets. Use the arrows to move around and explore. (Free)


Arts and Gallery

CCA Annex An online project space for interviews, films, essays, publications and performances from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (Free)(Accessible website options) 


Ray Harryhausen:  Titan of Cinema virtual exhibition experience – National Galleries of Scotland The virtual experience includes five specially created films, images and texts from the exhibition, and archive films and objects from Ray Harryhausen’s life and work and 3D model videos. (Paid)


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


Night Walk for Edinburgh – The Fruitmarket Gallery Following Janet Cardiff’s voice and walking in her footsteps, as you participate in Night Walk for Edinburgh you will be led through the backstreets of Edinburgh’s Old Town, unravelling a disjointed tale – part game-playing, part surrealistic poetry, perhaps even a murder mystery – layered with history, invention and memories. (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 & Culture Listings

Scottish Storytelling Centre Online Events A selection of online events from the Scottish Storytelling Centre. (Online) 


Self-Guided Audio Walks Compiled by The University of Edinburgh a collection of walking routes and audio tours of Edinburgh, Scotland and beyond. (Free)  


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)


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MARC MY WORDS

MARC MY WORDS is a magazine produced during lockdown by KMAdotcom and The Makers member Marc Smith. A prolific artist and wordsmith, MARC MY WORDS showcases Marc’s diverse skillset encompassing poetry, line drawing, collage and word art, inviting you to explore his ideas and share your own.

“Tell me about yourself, let me understand what you are on about – people see each other and they go one way. Understand different people but don’t take it to the end.”

A shared interest in ideas and collaboration led to Tate Curator Linsey Young getting in touch with Marc to find out more about his work and the work of KMAdotcom. Marc, Linsey and KMA artist Laura Aldridge met up over Zoom during lockdown to discuss his practice. Read the conversation and keep up with Marc’s work on his website.

“Believe in your self. Take me to the top. Always find something to do.”

I MISS A DANCE

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In March 2020 Artlink was asked by Mental Health Day Services in West Lothian to provide art sessions at Pentland Court, St John’s Hospital in Livingston as a part of the response to the emerging pandemic. Here adults with enduring mental ill health receive rehabilitation support in preparation for their return to community living. Being resident in hospital during these times can be incredibly isolating, mundane and does little to encourage an individual to think ahead with positivity. So, it was important for us to create an arts input that encouraged forward thinking and planning towards a time when there could be a positive and active involvement in our communities.

We mostly work in a small, adapted studio space in Pentland Court so that we can work in a socially distanced and Covid safe way. Whenever the easing of restrictions allowed, we have also made use of the well-equipped ceramics and arts studio at the nearby Howden Park Centre. We have been exploring ways that conversations about experiences during current Covid times can be visualised. The time together offers us an opportunity to look at different ways in which we can develop our ideas that reflect our shared interests and passions and think about how this work might be adapted for more public situations.

‘I Miss a Dance’ is inspired by conversations between Sharon and artist Francesca during the studio sessions. Both love music, dancing, and socialising. Their collaborative work is inspired by the things they miss. With the same energy and creativity they have shown in developing the work, they are now planning to create a series of props and backdrops for community and creative events at Howden Park Centre in the year ahead.

Continuity and the opportunity to get back involved in our studio workshops have been important over the past year. Stuart has been an ever-present creative force within our Sanctuary project at Boghall since 2015. When Stuart became unwell in 2020 he had to stay at Pentland Court for a short period. During this short time of ill health Stuart continued to explore his interest in poster making and screenprinting and when he returned home he continued this work at our studio sessions at Boghall.

We look forward to sharing the creative energy and experiences of the many people involved at Pentland Court and our other Leylines projects with others in our communities when the time comes.

 

Spring 2021 Online Cultural Activities

Edinburgh and Glasgow Urban Maps
Frozen Theatre
Frozen Light’s 2065: The Multi-Sensory Movie
2065 follows a group of rebels living outside the system. Join Frozen Light’s Archivist-Rebel in Residence as they guide you through what life was like in 2065.  
Order a movie ticket and you will also receive a sensory box in the form of a Rebel Pack by post. This box will be full of the smells, tastes and textures of 2065. The Rebel Pack is accompanied by a movie link to watch as you explore your sensory items. 


Edinburgh and Glasgow Urban Maps

The maps show Edinburgh and Glasgow as a cities of nature, bringing green and blue spaces to the fore – the parks, woodlands, playing fields, nature reserves, rivers, and coastline. It incorporates symbols marking places to walk and cycle, take in views, and geodiversity sites. It shows open space rather than roads and buildings. The maps aim to stimulate us to see the city differently: to think more deeply about the cities as a places, and our place in them. It’s a resource to encourage more awareness and more action for people and nature. 2,000 free maps for schools, health settings, youth and community groups in each city were created and printed.


Pyramid Open Show

Article (audio version available if you’d prefer to listen) 
Themed around creative responses to a unique sensory call out of the colour orange, the sound of pink noise, and the word ‘ouch!’ Gill Crawshaw takes a look at an innovative curation process developed by the Leeds-based arts collective Pyramid.


Irregular Art Schools
Irregular Art Schools – A Research Project Exploring Professional Development Opportunities for Learning Disabled Artists
It will co-develop and pilot different professional development opportunities with learning disabled artists from Pyramid, testing how existing structures such as artist-led spaces, universities, publishing and social care can better serve learning disabled individuals.


Touch as Narrative
DYSPLA are currently in development of an Intimate XR (Extended Reality) Installation which explores touch as an artistic pursuit, from the perspective of a neurodivergent woman, specifically exhibiting traits of High-Sensitivity and Tactile Synesthesia. As part of Living Record Festival 2021, using ASMR & binaural techniques. DYSPLA is a Dyslexic and Neurodivergent arts collective based in London. 
Touch:

Post touch-workshop recorded discussions:


My Heritage
Animate the faces in your family photos with amazing technology. Experience your family history like never before.


BBC Soundscapes
This collaboration brings virtual soundscapes of music and nature directly to audiences with Radio 3, 6 Music, BBC Sounds, BBC Two’s Winterwatch, the interactive BBC Sound Effects Archive and an innovative scientific experiment.


THURSDAY LIVE

Before lockdown every Thursday, a different entertainer would visit Cherry Road Day Centre, Bonnyrigg and perform in front of an audience of staff and visitors. Thursday Live! is curated by Artlink, putting the interests of the people who use the day centre first. Acts which encourage participation are especially popular – dancing is encouraged!

When visits to the centre were not possible, Thursday Live! went online. Performers filmed themselves at home, and videos were streamed to Artlink TV on YouTube , so that anyone could watch them on their phone or home computer. Local artists familiar to Thursday Live! regulars were able to tailor performances to an audience who they knew well – Annabel Sings ran karaoke sessions; cabaret singer and musical saw player Markee de Saw and clarsach player Siannie Moodie’s performances were particularly enjoyed by one day centre regular, who was able to watch recordings of their videos multiple times. The online performances built on the existing relationships and experiences that have been nurtured over the years.

As lockdown was lifted, socially distanced live performances were introduced, both in the homes and gardens of day centre visitors, and back at Cherry Road. The brilliant Edward Reid visited the centre, singing through windows, and moving through different areas of the building to perform to individuals. Markee De Saw played a set especially for the person who had so enjoyed watching her performance online. Harpist and song writer Esther Swift performed in the back garden of a person who loves the soothing sounds of the harp. For other individuals who enjoy comedy slapstick, clown artist Cammy Sinclair and comedy dance duo Buff and Sheen popped up in back gardens to bring some much needed laughter and delight.

People and their support staff have been telling us that they’re not physically moving as much as they used to. So, over November we are collaborating with Indepen-dance hit squad dancer Wils McAslan to bring tailored movement, dance, energy and fun into people’s back gardens and outdoor settings. Wils has created individual prop bags and a series of dance and movement based ideas and inspiration for people to keep moving after he’s gone.

Being flexible and innovative with the premise of Thursday Live meant that we were able to sustain the connections between day centre visitors, performers, and staff, and facilitate intimate, bespoke events which had the excitement of a live performance. Although managing the changes forced by lockdown was difficult, there were positive developments which came out of learning to work differently. Using online performances meant that performers not local to Edinburgh, or even Scotland, could appear on Thursday Live – a puppet cabaret show, a magician, dancers, could all perform from their homes all over the world.

Contact between Artlink and wider households and support networks also increased, as carers and family members phoned staff to discuss the logistics of events, and clients phoned to give feedback. These relationships existed before lockdown, but were intensified as communication and contact became more vital to people. In future, will things go back to normal? The live, face to face connections and physical interactions will continue to be important in establishing and sustaining trust with the people we work with, but having the option of online contact has proved useful for collaboration and contact with multiple agencies.

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. At first, we spoke on the phone and then began to meet up on zoom every Thursday. During the week I was making videos and sharing them through WhatsApp. I was editing the videos myself using apps on my phone. James suggested I use the phone camera functions to make it more organic and natural for future editing.

I started to find things that I was interested in experimenting with, like shooting in black and white and playing around with sounds around the home. I started to find my own style. When we met up on zoom, we discussed the video clips and began messing with editing software, screen-shared on his computer. I sent him a clip from Midnight Cowboy, and we chatted about films we liked. 
Each time I started making a new video I began to think about how it could add something, and bring something different to my work. I started to experiment more with new ideas. This led to me looking at shadows, light, and reflection on objects in and around the house. 

I was thinking about old style film and how you can change how things look. It was at this point that we started editing a short film every week. Sometimes I doubted myself and I had to challenge myself to feel that what I was doing was worthwhile. Sharing the short films withive me the focus I needed to keep experimenting and challenging myself. I felt a sense of achievement. Because I had worked with James before lockdown I trusted that meeting up online would be fun. At the beginning we had a laugh messing around with shooting and editing videos. Once I had built up enough video material, I was able to begin to relax and talk more about the art. Working one to one has enabled us to discuss things that we would not normally have time to do. The quality one to one time was invaluable because it gave me a chance to work in my own environment. Working in my own house in this way has taken my mind off my anxieties. 

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. Lately I have been thinking about making films and using the editing equipment in different environments. This gives me a sense of hope. Obviously, I could not recreate what I have made during lockdown, but I would really like to use this experience to make new work.  I would love people to come across this work and be able to read the background of how it was made. I want it to encourage other people to challenge themselves to do something creative.”

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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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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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

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)

Audio described performance The Narcissistic Fish – A Scottish Opera Short


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)

Audio described performance The Diary of One Who Disappeared


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)


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


Scottish Chamber Orchestra: 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)


Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Chamber Music and Streamed Concerts 11 concerts filmed at a variety of locations across Scotland and broadcast online. (Free)

Theatre

The Stories We Tell About Black Lives – Traverse In 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)


Rapunzel A 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


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


Makar to Cracker – National Theatre of Scotland Now, with the nights drawing in, and a nip in the air, Jackie Kay invites you to join her once more in ‘the Zoom Room’ as she prepares a special Christmas treat. (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)


Scenesaver’s Subtitled Collection 30 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

Literature

Book Week Scotland 2020 Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading. All of these events will take place online. (Free and Paid)


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

The Swan – Scottish Ballet Online David Dawson’s daring, visceral choreography from Swan Lake is perfectly paired with the rich, romantic Tchaikovsky score in our latest short film, The Swan. (Free – Premiere 19th Nov Ticketed) 


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 ListingsMUBI.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. (Free)(Visually Impaired Accessible

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)


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