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Call to Scottish poets and performing artists

Latvia along with other Baltic countries will be participating in London Book Fair 2018 as a Market Focus country and also celebrating its 100 years of independence.
Visiting Arts and the International Writers and Translators House of Latvia in the UK are planning a cultural exchange to promote a greater awareness of endangered languages and the rich contemporary literature and culture in Scotland and Latvia.We are inviting Scottish poets and performing artists to put forward an expression of interest for the opportunity of a week in both Latvia and Scotland to collaborate with Latvian peers on written and performative work around the theme of endangered languages. The final work would be showcased at the end of the project. We are looking for artists interested the preservation of language and in taking poetry beyond the page.This opportunity is subject to confirmation of funding in February and therefore we wish to invite applications now from those who would be available between March and early May 2018. If the application is unsuccessful the residency will not take place.______________________________ 

Taking the form of residencies at specialist arts centres in Latvia and Scotland, a poet and performing artist from both countries would be brought together to develop their artistic and professional practice whilst sharing knowledge about contemporary writing, translation and performance.

Working in collaboration, the four artists would develop a piece of poetry or collection of poems and a performance work. They would have the opportunity to showcase the performance work in progress and participate in a discussion event, around the time of notable arts festivals such as Glasgow International and TradFest Edinburgh, to create a network of interest from local writers, critics, artists, publishers and other creative professionals.

The participating artists collectively would have the opportunity to realise a work to be considered for the National Poetry Library endangered languages collection and published online.

The artists would receive £1000 and additionally costs of accommodation and relating travel to Latvia would be covered.


To apply:

Through an open call, an expert panel would select the participating Scottish artists by 1st March 2018 to begin the residency from 26th March. The panel will include people proficient in Scottish Gaelic and Scots languages.

  • You must be a poet or performing artist based in Scotland (or born in Scotland and resident in the UK) who works/has worked in Scottish Gaelic or Scots*.
  • You must be available between March and early May for both week long residency visits.
  • You must be interested in collaborating with other artists.

By 15 February, please send an expression of interest letter of up to 500 words telling us about your artistic practice, why you are interested in this opportunity (including any particular aspects you might like to explore), and stating name of the town you live in to along with a CV and a link to your website or work if available.

*Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) and Scots are the indigenous languages of Scotland. They are protected under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, and Gaelic has official status as a ‘national language’ of Scotland under the Gaelic Language Act (2005).

Do get in touch if you have any questions about this opportunity.


Image: Paper, Glue, Paper, 2006 by Susan Stockwell

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