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Artists’ residencies provide plenty of room for creativity

Thu 14 Jan 21

Three online artists’ residencies have been launched to help people rediscover their creative side during lockdown.

Each of the residencies – hosted by OnFife (Fife Cultural Trust) – will seek to inspire those whose imaginative impulses have been dulled by Covid curbs.

The Scottish Government-backed initiative will also reach out to groups which have found outlets for self-expression hard to come by during the pandemic.

Kirkcaldy singer-songwriter David Latto, award-winning Leith-based drag artist Jordy Deelight and up-and-coming interdisciplinary artist Eilidh Ellery, from Cellardyke, will each lead a four-week project.

The initiative is supported by the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, which supports arts organisations unable to promote their regular activities because of Covid.

The first residency with David Latto – which launched this week – involves creating four songs based on the experiences, stories and lives of older people living in Fife.

Four participants will be interviewed by David, who will write, record and produce a song inspired by their reminiscences. Songs will be made available to stream or download.

It is hoped the project will shine a light on the lives of older people at this challenging time and also reveal some interesting real-life stories in song.

A second residency with Jordy Deelight, which begins on 8 February, is an exploration of physical and mental health in performance.

Jordy is teaming up with multimedia artist Catriona Calchini and producer Alannah Watson to work with an LGBT+ focused group and shielding group in Fife.

The trio will create digital pieces of performance about the pandemic and its impact on individual lives.

They will also launch The Gratitude Initiative, which will reflect on what 2020 has taught us and what we are grateful for in 2021, using journals as a stimulus.

A third residency with Eilidh Ellery, which starts on 1 March, reflects the artist’s interest in redefining what dance is, and how we express movement collectively.

Eilidh aims to create a space that allows disabled dance, circus and performance artists to access classes that take their needs into account.

A series of workshops will introduce dance in a safe and tailored way for disabled bodies. It will be particularly relevant to a world of Zoom where performances are recorded in tight spaces

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