Marie was raised in Ardnamurchan and took a degree in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art. Marie joined SEALL as Administrator in late 2016 and soon took the lead in programming and fundraising. 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 in early November 2019. Together with Sara Bain, they developed the idea of SEALL’s Festival of Small Halls which became an instant success, receiving the Community Project of the Year Award at the 2019 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
Writer, computer geek and occasional photographer, Sara has worked as a journalist and communications officer for the rural Scottish arts and entertainments sector for around 25 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, is the office IT specialist, makes up the printed materials and writes funding applications and development plans amongst many other things.
Iseabail is a native of Breakish in south Skye. She made a foray into the arts in 2017 when she co-ordinated Tha Seo Math Dhuibh - Good for You, a community arts based programme for Skye and Lochalsh. Passionate about people, stories, a good tune and a strupag, she enjoys connecting with people of all ages. She began working with SEALL in June 2020 as co-ordinator for SEALL@Home, bringing concerts and workshops to care homes and isolated groups via Zoom. When she isn’t working with SEALL, you might find her teaching music lessons, kickboxing or working on her own creative projects with music and film. Tha Gàidhlig gu leòr aice agus tha i toilichte conaltradh a dhèanamh anns a Ghàidhlig no Beurla.
Tech guru 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 and lighting systems into the digital age and develop our ability to take sound and lights out around Skye and Raasay for events in our communities.
The Directors of SEALL
SMO Gaelic Arts
Aird of Sleat
This group is supported by around 25 front of house volunteers; hall committees; community councils; businesses; individuals; and venue staff across Skye and Raasay