Thinking of a project involving the Scottish traditional arts? Then read on!

Connect Janurary 2017

Galoshins performance at MGS's ICH Symposium, copyright Kat Gollock
Galoshins performance at MGS’s ICH Symposium, copyright Kat Gollock

I’m a member of the Traditional Arts Advisory Group. It’s a great way to hear about work that is happening in that part of the cultural sector in Scotland and to see how museums and galleries can make links there. One opportunity that I would like to share is the Tasgadh Small Grants for Traditional Arts funding stream. This is a Creative Scotland fund which is open to organisations and individuals. The fund is managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal , the organisation which supports the development of community-based Gaelic arts tuition festivals throughout Scotland.  Don’t worry if your project does not involve the use of the Gaelic or Scots languages, as that is not a requirement of the fund. So – what are the fund’s aims and will your project fit?

Tasgadh is designed to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. The fund can also support professional development and learning projects. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a positive track record in and/or professional commitment to one or more of the following traditional art forms:

  • Scottish Traditional Dance
  • Scottish Traditional Music
  • Scottish Traditional Storytelling

To find out more about these traditional art forms, take a look at the Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) website. http://www.tracscotland.org/

If your museum is planning on working with a traditional arts practitioner, for example, to host an evening of Scottish traditional music or to create new stories inspired by objects in your collection, then this fund could provide some support. You can apply for an award of between £250 and £1,000.

If you don’t already have a specific practitioner in mind, Fèisean nan Gàidheal may be able to suggest people in your locality, or signpost to other sources of information. There is also a directory of professional storytellers on the Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland (TRACS) website http://www.tracscotland.org/tracs/storytelling/directory-of-storytellers/storytellers .

The next deadline is 3 February 2017, so there is plenty of time for you to consider applying! If you are unsure about eligibility or have another query about your application, Fèisean nan Gàidheal are happy to help. You can contact them on 01478 613355 or e-mail tasgadh@feisean.org .

Full details for the fund, including guidelines, application form and previous awards made are all available on the Fèisean nan Gàidheal website. http://www.feisean.org/en/tasgadh/

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