About Us

SEALL – Skye Events for All is a dynamic organisation – a community-led rural touring arts promoter on the Isle of Skye, bringing high-quality performing arts and well-being to rural communities. We have a brilliant and dedicated workforce and a loyal body of directors and volunteers. SEALL has been shaped by the community it serves and is recognised as a leader in rural cultural development in the Highlands.  It is a not-for-profit enterprise, and is registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee 165147, with Charitable Status in Scotland SC 024859

Contact SEALL

SEALL, An Seòmar Uaine, Sabhal Mòr, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV44 8RQ | 01471 844207 | General contact info@seall.co.uk

The People who make it happen

Marie Lewis   Creative Director     marie@seall.co.uk

Marie was raised in Lochaber and took a degree in Glasgow School of Art. Marie joined SEALL as Administrator in late 2016 and soon took the lead in programming and fund-raising. With a passion for Scots trad music and some very impressive management and organisational skills, Marie took over the mantle of SEALL’s Creative Director from Duncan MacInnes in early November 2019. She developed the idea of SEALL’s Festival of Small Halls which has become an instant success with a nomination at the 2019 MG Alba Trad Awards.

Sara Bain    Communications /  Media     press@seall.co.uk

Writer, computer geek and occasional photographer, Sara has worked as a journalist and media officer for the rural Scottish arts and entertainments sector for over 20 years, particularly in Dumfries and Galloway. She moved to Skye in 2016 and joined SEALL to extensively develop SEALL’s Communications and Media. Through her widespread knowledge of all aspects of event management and media skills, Sara leads on all of SEALL’s marketing and advertising as well as supporting Marie in funding and development applications.

Rosaidh Phillips      Administration Assistant       accounts@seall.co.uk

After completing her masters at Aberdeen, Rosaidh returned to Skye in 2017 as a multi-lingual administration whiz-kid. She first worked with SEALL as part of the youthful front-of-house management team for the Skye Festival / Fèis an Eilein in the late 2000s. She joined SEALL again in October 2019 as part-time administrator, counting the monies, supporting our Front of House volunteeers and keeping in touch with the Members.

Ruari Gordon      Technical Support    info@seall.co.uk

A newcomer to Skye, Ruari has been involved in festivals and events mostly in Arran but also elsewhere in Scotland. When he is not planting trees in north Skye he is a current UHI student. Ruari joined SEALL in June 2019 to take SEALL’s sound systems into the digital age and develop our ability to take sound and lights out around Skye for events in our small halls.

The Directors of SEALL are:

Rosie MacDonald Chair          Achnacloich
Robert Spode Treasurer          Duisdale
Kath MacLeod          SMO Gaelic Arts
Pam Allan          Torrin, FOTS records
Eilidh MacFadyen          SMO, Student Liaison
Rose Hill          Broadford
John White          Whitewave, Linicro

This group is supported by around 25 Front of House volunteers and around  85 Members and Season Ticket holders.

Duncan MacInnes  Founder and Archivist    duncan@seall.co.uk

Duncan began promoting live events in Sleat in 1985 and set up SEALL in 1991 and the Skye Festival in 1992, with a group of like-minded people. He was inducted into the Hands Up for Trad Hall of Fame in 2018 and received an MBE in 2019. He is totally delighted to have found such a great team to take over SEALL so that he no longer has to paste up A-frames in the rain, in the dark. He will take with him all the data and posters of 2,000 events to create a digital archive of rural-touring in the Highlands.

SEALL – Skye Events for All

SEALL was established in 1991 and our name has a dual meaning: ‘Skye Events for All’ and ‘Look’ or ‘See’ in Gaelic. Our ambition at the outset was to put Skye firmly on the map as an arts and cultural destination and to celebrate the wealth of home grown talent in the area. In May 2014 we celebrated our 1000th event (which later turned out to be event number 1504!). We have welcomed over 5000 artists to the area and sold over 125,000 tickets. For 18 years SEALL also organised the Skye Festival or Fèis an Eileina two-week-long summer festival. After a break from 2008 we resurrected the Festival in 2014 as a two- month-long festival, in July and August, involving a much broader community effort. This was named as ‘Highland Community Initiative of the Year in 2014’. In late 2015 ‘SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’ was named as ‘Venue of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Award.

In 2018 SEALL launched the first SEALL Festival of Small Halls, the first in Europe inspired by the PEI festival of Small Halls. The second Festival of Small halls was launched on 22 november 2019 with SEALL’s celebration of its 2,000th event.

Our funding

We are able to achieve everything we do through a mixture of funding from Creative Scotland, other funders, area business support, donations for our raffles, ticket sales and memberships. We do everything we can to keep our ticket prices as low as possible to open up access to events as widely as we can.

We are supported in kind by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and for specific events, bu many other Skye and Raasay businesses.

“Congratulations for all you do for Skye and for Scotland” Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, 3 November 2017, on opening SEALL new Office ‘The Green Room’ as a new Cultural hub for Skye.

Intellectual Copyright and Use of Names

SEALL has been regularly using the names ‘The Skye Festival’ and ‘Fèis an Eilein’ since 1991 and thus claims intellectual ownership of these names. SEALL owns several website domain names using ‘SEALL’; ‘The Skye Festival’and ‘Fèis an Eilein’. However we recognise that our friends in Cape Breton also run a ‘Fèis an Eilein’.

Likewise the names ‘The Skye Jazz Festival’, ‘The Skye Swing Jazz Festival’ and ‘The Skye World Music Festival’ are names that have been, and still are, in use by SEALL  since 1991.

In November 2019 SEALL created ‘The SEALL Festival of Small Halls’ following the example of the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls.

As part of the Skye Festival, SEALL ran ‘Aos Dàna’ or ‘The Skye Book Festival’ for several years until 2008.

Accounts

The most recent set of Annual Accounts are 2018 SEALL signed accounts

Previous Accounts SEALL – 2017  – signed accounts

Previous accounts SEALL – 2016 signed accounts

Previous accounts SEALL – 2015 final acounts – signed

Previous accounts SEALL – 2014 signed accounts

Reports

Development Options, Lucy Conway, December 2016 SEALL Development Interim Report 2016

SEALL 27 years of promoting SEALL Archives report 2018

Policies

SEALL Deeds SEALL Arts and Mem

Report on some of SEALL’s Policies SEALL Policies