Applications are open now for GUIR!, a funding opportunity for artists and organisations working in Gaelic contexts. There are awards of up to £3k plus additional support for three projects to develop new work. Apply by Tuesday 10 January 2023 at 11:59pm.
Email GL.firstname.lastname@example.org now for an application form.
(Please read the following information first for application criteria)
In recent years Glasgow Life has played an important role in creating and developing work for diverse artists interested in experimental approaches to Gaelic artforms. The incubator programme GUIR!, started five years ago, incorporates a collaborative and learning model to develop new Gaelic work across all disciplines, and annually invites artists to submit proposals to participate in the scheme.
GUIR! is an opportunity to research and develop Gaelic Art practices and forms in the early stages of project development. Based on the equivalent of a 3-week full time residency or a 6-week part-time period, with a Gaelic Cultural immersion learning programme, this is an exciting opportunity to develop new, challenging and embryonic ideas to the next stage of development.
We are inviting proposals for ideas that respond to one or more of the following criteria:
• previously unheard or hidden stories from Gaelic communities in Glasgow
• projects that open new pathways for creativity within Gaelic Culture
• projects that encourage collaboration with other artists, organisations or the Gaelic sector
• responses to the current context with the Gaelic vernacular, colonialism, land ownership and the climate crisis
• projects from a wide range of art-forms including storytelling, ceilidh, literature, music, dance, drama, live performance, new writing, craft, film, animation and visual arts.
KEY DATES – GUIR 2023
Successful applicants must be available to attend the following sessions:
27, 28 Feb and 1, 2 March 2023 (9:30-4:30pm)
4-day on-line course with all the GUIR! associated artists (Gaelic culture, histories, resources and collaborative working)
15, 22, 29 March (2-4pm) and 5 April 2023
4 collaborative weekly workings sessions
w/b 17 April 2023 – Open or discreet live sharing
• Up to 3 projects will be selected for delivery in March/April 2023
• There will be a budget of up to £3,000 per project plus additional in-kind support
• Successful applicants must be available to attend a 4-day on-line course, 4 collaborative weekly workings sessions and sharing event
• Open to Gaelic-speaking (any level) artists and non-Gaelic speakers with a vested interest in Gaelic culture
• If you are non-Gaelic speaking you must nominate a Gaelic artist to work on your project, and your fee should be allocated to that Gaelic speaking collaborative artist(s) as part of the project
• Depending on the nature of your idea, an in-kind support package may be developed for each project with the help of partners and within the capacity of the project
• An online support model will be in operation throughout the incubation period to support the development of your work
• A discreet budget may be allocated e.g. towards online production costs or materials
• The project cannot already be an existing project or previously developed idea
• The idea should culminate in a live sharing (discreet or open).
To submit a project idea, please email GL.email@example.com for an application form. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday 10 January 2023 at 11:59pm.
If you’d like any more information or would like to discuss an idea, please email GL.firstname.lastname@example.org
We are scheduled to have made our recommendations and have them approved by week commending Tuesday 27 January 2023.
GUIR! is delivered by Glasgow Life and part of the Gaelic Arts Strategy for Glasgow City Council’s Gaelic Language Plan. GUIR works in partnership with The National Theatre of Scotland, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Tramway. GUIR! is funded with support from Bòrd na Gaidhlig.
Glasgow Life is grateful for the support of Bòrd na Gàidhlig GLIAF fund.