Congratulations to Róisín Gallagher who have been nominated in Scots Speaker o the Year in the Scots Language Awards 2020. Vote now!
We asked Róisín Gallagher the following questions.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
I am a recent graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art where I have just completed my masters degree in Contemporary Art Practice, I previously attended the University of Stirling where I studied my undergrad. I mostly work in video by writing short narrations where I add phonetic subtitles for the audience to follow along, I also work in letterpress and lino print. It is my aim to get people more comfortable and acquainted with Scots and through my art practice I address the taught self-hatred we have towards the way we talk. My work explores and supports the recognition of Scots as a language and hopes to address damage done by school systems that brought up the generations before mine. My work as an artist seeks to change the way that we think of Scots and give it deserved recognition as a language and something much more than a dialect or slang.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
In my first year of my masters I wanted to experiment with video as it was something I had wanted to try but never had, the works I made were written and narrated by myself. Building upon feedback from these videos I focused on the importance of my voice and dialect used in the video narration as this is the most powerful aspect of the work. I began researching more thoroughly into Scots which provided me with context for my work and challenged my own thinking towards Scots as a language and culture. This research inspired me to try and promote the use of Scots and dialect in my work as it has been discouraged for so long and I wanted to give recognition to voices seldom heard in media. I also felt that I was losing this part of my identity as when going through school and university I had slowly been switching to English and had never noticed and so I wanted to reconnect with something I had lost.
Ony particlar career heighlichts?
I graduated from the University of Stirling with a first class degree in 2017 and this year I have finished my masters in Contemporary Art Practice with the submission of my masters project “Bad English”. As part of their 2020 Graduate Showcase, Visual Art Scotland selected me as one of their Showcase finalists and my video “Bad English” was also picked as the winner for the May – July quarterly winner for the John Byrne Award.
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
I plan to continue and develop my art practice through video, writing and printmaking. I’m currently focusing more on expressing Scots phrases through lino prints which I will hopefully be able to sell online.
The Scots Language Awards 2020 will be online at www.scotslanguageawards.com. We will have a mixture of events on the 23rd / 24th October. Performing at the Award on Saturday 24th September will be Gerda Stevenson, Gary Robertson, Shona Donaldson and Jim Malcolm.
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