Projects and Events

Projects and Events

Creative Connections Short Course- Online

Monday 2- Wednesday 4 September 2024

Cost: £145

Book a place on the course here.

In collaboration with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, we are delighted to be hosting the  ‘Creative Connections’ short course for its fifth year. 

This three-day online short course, will be led by Dr Mairi McFadyen and Raghnaid Sandilands, and is for creative people (visual artists, writers, musicians, budding-folklorists and creative educators) who want to learn more about the Tobar an Dualchais resource, why the material was collected and by whom, and how and why it is of value today.

Participants will be introduced to the archives that supply the Tobar an Dualchais website, including the School of Scottish Studies Archive, the Canna Collection & BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. They will also be introduced to some of the many important tradition-bearers whose recordings populate the site. Tutors will look at how the recordings can be used to explore local creativity, cultural ecology, and environmental awareness as well as much more.

The course will be in English but will discuss themes intrinsically linked to Gaelic. 

Sessions will include:

  • The role of local archives in the global climate crisis, with Mairi McFadyen
  • Creative community engagement and the archives, with Raghnaid Sandilands
  • Aiteal (A Glimpse) – the living world and language in the archives with Raghnaid Sandiland
  • Am Feadan Cuilc – the recreation of a bullrush chanter following fieldwork in South Uist, with Decker Forrest

The course will emphasise creative engagement. Participants will be encouraged to think about their own creative responses to the material and will be given the tools and inspiration required to begin exploring possibilities for their own work – whether a community-based project, artwork, piece of writing, or musical performance.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the course, please email Floraidh Forrest at: You can also follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for regular updates and insights into the online resource.

Examples from Tobar an Dualchais: