Image: McCaig Tower, Oban, Colmcille Awards Projection Event June 2021, artwork by Gina Macdonald.
In June 2021 McCaig’s Tower in Oban was lit up by projections featuring Colmcille Legacy Award artists. Following on from this event on 7 December 2021 CHARTS filled iconic sites in Argyll and Bute with art and music to mark the life and legacy of St Colmcille.
Illuminations displayed works created as part of Duais Dìleab Chaluim Chille / The Colmcille Legacy Award Scheme for the first time across the region and linked across borders to mark St Colmcille/Columba birth in Ireland and death in Iona (597 AD). Three Iconic sites were involved in this project: Ardrishaig - near the Egg Shed, The Queen’s Hall in Dunoon and McCaig’s Tower in Oban.
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:
Colmcille 1500 | Celebrating The Life And Times Of Colmcille at Ulster University
Image: Still from Judith Parrott's video premier at Islay Gaelic Centre.
CHARTS is continuing to support Gaelic language and is currently pioneering a new Gaelic cultural programme, Teangan Earra-Ghàidheal, a translation and language partnership project between CHARTS, Mull and Tiree Community Councils and the Mull and Iona Gaelic.
TURAS took place at Hermitage Park on 24 March 2022 in Helensburgh as part of Seachdain na Gàidhlig 2022 (World Gaelic Week 21-27 March). This projection event included artwork created by Duais Dìleab Chaluim Chille / The Colmcille Legacy Awardees, pieces created by school children as part of the Argyll Gaelic Gathering, and showcased music by Sàimh Sound.
You can experience highlights from TURAS in our film below (credit Mark Neal).
Additional World Gaelic Week Events:
Screen Argyll also hosted an online panel for the film Iorram (Boat Song), which discussed Gaelic culture and the future of the language in Scotland. The panel included Gaelic cultural figures such as singer Gillebride MacMillan, musicians Tara Rankin and Ian Smith, and filmmaker Alasdair Satchel. This event took place online on 21 March at 7.30pm.
Iorram (Boat Song) is still available to rent and watch online at Screen Argyll.