About Us

Rural Nations is a community interest company based in Stornoway. The Company currently operates on a home working basis with pop up offices and cinemas spaces created on the Islands for specific projects when required.

We work on a project to project commission basis and have a cost effective interactive administration with partners working via skype and other social networks. Carbon monitoring of all travel, filming and touring of work is important to us. The company have a commitment to offering volunteering opportunities alongside our creative processes and events, plus training opportunities and employment for local creative makers.


The Board of Directors are:

Muriel Ann Macleod  -  Creative Director & Board Member

Muriel Ann Macleod has been commissioning, producing and directing bi-lingual and Gaelic language theatre and film from the Highlands and Islands for the last 17 years. Notable projects include, Portrona a community play for Stornoway, An Clo Mor by Henry Adam, Callanish Stoned by Kevin MacNeil, The Sked Crew by Iain Stephen, Na Daoine with John Wright, Lostbost for MG Alba  and We Have Won the Land. Her work has a strong comedy base and visual imagery and film are also important elements in her theatre work.  For over eight years Muriel Ann worked as the part time Projects Development Co-ordinator for The Highlands and Islands Theatre Network where she developed the Drama Na h ‘Alba Theatre Festival for Inverness in 2007/8 Northern Connections (skills exchange project with artists in Northern Sweden)  and also the highly successful consortium partner project the Northern Scottish Touring Fund (NSTF)  2011/2013. Muriel Ann is also an experienced TV puppet designer and maker specialising in large scale creature builds. She currently also tutors on the Digiheb film making programme for young people at the Pointers Youth Centre in Stornoway and delivers the An Lanntair Art Labs in Tarbert and Bragar. 

Margaret Smith: Board Member

Maggie is a freelance community arts worker working with a remit to co-ordinate small scale arts, theatre and film events in community spaces in the Western Isles. Maggie supports locally based writers and performers to bring Gaelic and English plays to over 60's groups on the Islands. She co-ordinates craft workshops in rural communities, music and new song events as part of the group Cabraich. www.cabraich.org. Maggie also develops recordings of oral history and traditions, in danger of being lost and presenting the information in radio shows and exhibitions. Maggie is also a Gaelic language consultant and translator.

Peter Urpeth: Board Member

Peter Urpeth is Director (Writing & Publishing) of Emergents Creatives - a social enterprise funded by HIE and Creative Scotland that supports writing and publishing in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and he has more than 30 years experience in the creative industries and in talent development. He is a former newspaper editor and managing editor, and was an editor at Time Out (London) when it was the second highest selling consumer magazine title in Europe. He is a published novelist and poet.


Victoria Banks : Commissioned writer Deeds not Words:


Contact Us:

Rural Nations (Scotland) CIC

Registered Office: 57 Westview Terrace,
Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, HS1 2LD

Please contact us by email, facebook or text:

Email contacts:

Muriel Ann Macleod, Creative Director : muriel@ruralnations.com






 To contact us by text:  00 44 (0)7789 117740



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