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Kin and the Community

Duncan ChisholmAn education project supported by the Highland Youth Arts Hub and Fèis Rois in partnership with Duncan Chisholm

Watch a short film about this project.

Inspired by Duncan Chisholm’s ground breaking multimedia production, Kin, 6 young people from Ross-Shire will have the opportunity to explore their cultural heritage whilst developing skills in research and ethnology, music, film.

Following an open application process, 6 young people will be selected to work on an innovative new cross art form project that will explore the traditions of their local community. They will be supported throughout this 4-month project by Artistic Director, Duncan Chisholm to make a short film (15-20 minutes), write new music, and perform.

About Kin

Duncan Chisholm’s award winning Kin production is a beautifully crafted journey into the past, which is illuminating, evocative and moving. A perfect blend of live contemporary folk music, including film, photographs and words, Kin delivers a deep understanding of people and place that is truly unforgettable. Duncan Chisholm demonstrates what can be achieved by crossing the art form boundaries. A multi-media production, Kin celebrates landscape, language, tradition, community and family - young and old.

Kin and the Community: the education project

Kin and the Community will provide an opportunity for 6 young people from the age of 14 up to the age of 25 to research, write and produce their own equivalent short film which will include original music and a story exploring your own kin or that of a community member.

Those involved in the project will research historical recordings at the Highland Archive Centre in Inverness and the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh to collectively produce and record a 15-20 minute contemporary multi-media show based upon a subject found that is appropriate to the project.


Through the initial research phase of the project, participants will discover old audio recordings of people from Ross-shire talking about their own lives and experiences. In particular, participants will be encouraged to find interesting and emotive stories, either from the field trip to the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh or from existing recordings in their family or indeed any recordings they have access to.

Participants will collectively pick an appropriate subject for the film from these recordings and will then aim to locate a relative of the person to learn more about the subject of the film and to incorporate the relative in the film itself. The participants will film in the places that are being talked about in the recording and try to bring the audio to life by adding visuals. Participants will be encouraged to be as creative as possible during the development of the film.


Throughout the project, the 6 participants will be mentored by some of Scotland’s leading artists. There will be the opportunity to develop skills in:

  • Composition and music making
  • Ethnology and research
  • Filming techniques and editing
  • Narration


As well as producing and editing the 15-20 minute film, the participants will be encouraged to write and arrange appropriate music for the project. This will be done as a collective and this music will be performed live as part of the multimedia performance during the summer of 2015.

From the outset this project is about teamwork and creativity. All participants will have input into producing and directing the film, the music and ultimately the multi-media performance. The project will be led by the vision of the young people taking part.

Who can apply?

You do not have to be a musician to apply! We are also looking for young people interested in film making, heritage and narration to take part in the project.

The project is open to young people living in Ross-Shire from the age of 14 up to the age of 25. You should have a keen interest in at least one of the following four areas:

  • Composition and music making
  • Ethnology and research
  • Filming techniques and editing
  • Narration

If you would like to apply for the project, you must be available on all of the key project dates outlined below.

The project is fully funded and all of your expenses (e.g. travel, accommodation and subsistence) will be covered.

If you have any questions before submitting your online application, please contact Fiona Dalgetty.

Key dates:

  • Fri 13th Feb: Closing date for applications
  • Sat 28th Feb: Informal auditions / interviews in Cromarty
  • Sat 7th Mar: Introduction to the project, 10am – 4pm, Highland Archive Centre, Inverness
  • Mon 9th Mar: Study visit to the archives at the School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Mon 6th – Fri 10th Apr: Week-long creative residential in Ullapool, Field recordings in the community, filming, composing
  • Mon 8th & Tues 9th June: Film editing, Black Isle
  • Fri 3rd July: Rehearsal in Ullapool (overnight stay)
  • Sat 4th July: Premiere of the work, MacPhail Centre, Ullapool, 7.30pm
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