ARTS NAN EILEAN
Arts nan Eilean is a network of local volunteer promoters who are based with rural venues across the Western Isles. These promoters are working in partnership with Rural Nations to programme professional touring theatre and arts events for their own local audiences. By working collaboratively in a loosely formed network the promoters are able to select work they think their communities may enjoy.
Selection is made from a wide range of professional performance companies and individual artists who are presenting and touring in Scotland and throughout the UK. Mostly these organisations are funded to tour their work by Creative Scotland or the Arts Council of England or equivalent. Arts nan Eilean tends to focus on theatre, dance, comedy and storytelling as there are other Island based promoting organisations who specialise in presenting traditional and contemporary music.
For the artists visiting the Islands a consistent delivery of three or four performances can be achieved among the different venues thus making their Island tour more cost effective. Arts nan Eilean also covers the cost of the artists ferry journeys with Caledonian Macbrayne and this places touring in the Hebrides on a par with touring in the Highlands of Scotland.
The Arts nan Eilean promoters aim to offer consistently high quality performances in their venues, they select the shows from a menu prepared from data submitted up to 12 months in advance by the prospective touring companies and sourced via advance calls for touring work through other National organisations like Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST), Dance Base, Conflux, Creu Cymru and National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF).
Membership of the Arts Nan Eilean promoters network is open to any Western Isles community venue representative or individual interested in promoting arts events for their local area. Participation in the project is free and individual venues receive 50% of the box office income or a hall hire fee.
Arts nan Eilean development partners in 2017 and 2018 are, Harris Arts and Heritage, Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay, Bernera Community Centre, Ceolas and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
If you are interested in joining the network and presenting arts events in your island venue or just want to help out at arts events on the Islands please contact Muriel Ann Macleod on [email protected]