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ABOUT THE Duais Dìleab Chaluim Chille / COLMCILLE LEGACY AWARD 2020 - 2021

Duais Dìleab Chaluim Chille / The Colmcille Legacy Award, is a national arts and heritage award scheme created in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig to commemorate the life and cultural legacy of Colmcille throughout the Year of Colmcille, 1500.

From 2020 to 2021 this project offered awards of up to £750 and an online exhibition to profile and support Gaelic culture and language. We invited Gaelic artists' and non-Gaelic speakers working in partnership with Gaelic speakers, to create and display artwork that celebrated, remembered and interpreted the role of Colmcille in the past and in contemporary society. This project supported a variety of work across arts media, artists were invited to submit proposals to support the development of new work, or highlight existing work.

This project, with a digital display approach, was designed to meet challenges presented by the impacts of Covid-19 at the time of the launch of Colmcille 1500. 

Photo: McCaig Tower, Oban, Colmcille Awards Projection Event (09.06.2021), artwork by Alicia Hendrick. Photography: Och Aye Events.

Promoting Gaelic art and heritage with Illuminations 

Illuminations was launched to support artists who received the Duais Dìleab Chaluim Chille / The Colmcille Legacy Award and allow the people of Argyll and Bute to collectively celebrate Colmcille 1500. 

In June 2021 CHARTS lit up McCaig’s Tower in Oban with work by our Colmcille Legacy Awards artists. Following on from this event on 7 December 2021 iconic sites in Argyll and Bute were filled with art and music to mark the life and legacy of St Colmcille. To coincide with Illuminations, several other events took place in collaboration with Foras Na Gaeilge in Ireland. These surrounding events celebrated Gaelic arts and heritage with talks, poetry and art: 

Celebrating the Life and Times of Colmcille event at Ulster University

Judith Parrott at Islay Gaelic Centre

Illuminations 7 December 2021

Colmcille 1500 | Celebrating the Life and Times of Colmcille

Colmcille 1500 has now come to an end, but you can look back at the celebrations which took place across Scotland and Ireland and see how our friends celebrated the life and times of Colmcille. 

Colmcille 1500

Oifigear Cultair Ghàidhlig / Gaelic Culture Officer

As of 2022 CHARTS has our own Oifigear Cultair Ghàidhlig / Gaelic Culture Officer,  Àdhamh  Ó Broin, who offers oversight on all Gaelic related work. This role is designed to meet key cultural objectives aligned with the Argyll and Bute Gaelic Language Plan and the National Language Plan. This role is funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and supported by Argyll and Bute Council. To get in touch at with Àdhamh email: gaelic@chartsargyllandisles.org

Award Winners