Next year SEALL celebrates ten decades of bringing quality performing arts events to rural venues across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh.
Our AGM takes place on Wednesday 10 November (details to come). In the meantime, we are reaching out to our supporters to gather thoughts and opinions on what you think SEALL should be doing over the next 30 years and beyond.
We are asking people to fill out a short survey which will determine what performing arts on Skye and Lochalsh may look like in the future.
Lindsay Dunbar, SEALL’s chair, explains below.
The first time I ever really visited Skye was in 2000 to start a year at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Paying the toll to cross the new bridge and heading over to Sleat after 2 years at Glasgow University felt like a huge leap into the unknown. Although I grew up in Achiltibuie, like many Highlanders, I did wonder how the island’s cultural scene would compare to nights on Sauchiehall Street. I needn’t have worried as the year passed by in a whirl of cèilidh dancing, music sessions and entertainment within the four walls of An t-Sabhal Mhòr.
One memorable event was the Phil Kay comedy night. It was all going well until someone mentioned single-track roads, then it went down-hill, so to speak. However, the reason I remember it so clearly was the unique interaction of a rural community with a touring artist. That is what made it so special.
Over the years I’ve been delighted to return to Skye through my work with the Promoters Arts Network and the Touring Network, where I also connected with Duncan MacInnes. He was a mentor for me and many others in the rural promoting world. Without his leadership I think rural arts would be incredibly different to the scene we know today. Working with Duncan, we brought the Wee Theatre Festival to Skye, producing short site-specific performances across the Island and Raasay, celebrating the diverse and rich history of the Island and its communities. No wonder Skye is now a top cultural destination for visitors to Scotland.
It’s a real honour to support the fantastic team of SEALL, particularly as the organisation heads towards 30 years of events, promoting high-quality work to communities. It’s inspiring, what impact a small rural cultural organisation can achieve.
As a valued supporter of SEALL, your opinion is very important to us. Please would you take the time to fill in a small survey (link below) and feed into our snapshot to understand what the next 30 years might look like, bringing performances to people in the most special of places.Lindsay Dunbar, SEALL, Chair