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Open call for artists and makers to be a part of an ambitious new Scottish Ensemble project

Scottish Creations
Part of Scotland’s Year of Stories

Does your local area inspire you to create?

Are there local myths, legends or personal tales to be told?

Want to share your creativity and be part of a national tour telling Scotland’s stories?

Scottish Ensemble has teamed up with Creative Lives to invite amateur artists and makers across Scotland to take part in Scottish Creations, collecting stories from across the nation and capturing how you feel about your local area.

We’re curating a special exhibition to accompany our tour in May 2022 and are looking for paintings, drawings, tapestry, knitting, poetry, wood carving, illustration, photography, pottery – or however you choose to be creative – that are inspired by your local area and its stories.

Whether it’s a well-known tale, a family story or a local legend, we want to explore the stories that represent where you live or where you’re from. The lockdowns may have forced many of us to stay at home but they also gave us the chance to focus on what’s right on our doorsteps. As the world opens up again, we want to share these local stories with the nation.

From this open call for submissions, we’ll select a variety of creative works to display in our pop-up exhibition at each venue on the tour. We’re also creating a digital exhibition, where all submissions can be displayed – including digital works such as music, film, animation and soundscapes.

Our Scottish Creations tour in May 2022 will visit Mull, Dumfries, Skye, Inverness, Shetland, Aberdeen and Dundee – but we’re inviting people from across Scotland to share their creations and love for their local area. More details about the tour will be announced in early 2022.

Get inspired

How do you turn a story or a place into a work of art? Later this month we’ll be releasing a series of videos exploring how music inspires members of Scottish Ensemble and composer Ailie Robertson, who is creating a brand new piece of music inspired by storytelling for our May 2022 tour. Hosted by community arts expert Kathryn Welch, these videos will help you find inspiration for your own artwork and give you a chance to find out more about how to get involved in Scottish Creations.

How to submit

Submitting an artwork for the exhibition is free. All artworks will be featured in our digital exhibition.

If your artwork is a physical object (drawing, painting, embroidery, sculpture etc), please submit a photograph of it (along with size dimensions) to Kelly at Creative Lives.

If your artwork is digital (film, music, animation etc) please submit this via email or WeTransfer to Kelly

Along with your artwork, please send us a short description of the story or place that has inspired you and how it makes you feel (no more than 250 words).

If your artwork is selected for the touring exhibition, we’ll be in touch in April 2022 to arrange for transport and framing of your artwork. The artwork will remain yours, and at the end of the project we will support with the return of your framed artwork.


10 November 2021 Submissions open

November 2021 Inspiration videos released on the Creative Lives and Scottish Ensemble website

March 2022 Deadline for submissions

April 2022 Find out if your work has been selected for the touring exhibition

May 2022 Scottish Ensemble tours the exhibition around Scotland

June 2022 Digital exhibition opens

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you if you have questions about the project, or want to share how you’re getting on with your artwork:

Email: Kelly Donaldson at Creative Lives

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