Shades of Tay

We launched SHADES OF TAY last year. However, due to the COVID-19 Crisis, we have taken the decision to reimagine how our commissioning process works.

We know we need to support artists and audiences to be in dialogue during this difficult time. Therefore, we have taken the decision, to commission 25 new works in March and April 2020.

This work will be shared as part of our online series #PFTLightHopeJoy. This online platform helps us reach people during our closure period.

When we reopen we will look to share these new works ‘in the flesh’ at PFT and, also, at our partner venues. The pieces will continue to have an online life via our website and PFT’s new podcast.

Even during this very challenging and unexpected time, you can expect work to be shared as part of SHADES OF TAY! So watch this space!

A Love Letter to Scotland

Shades of Tay is an ambitious Artistic Project by Pitlochry Festival Theatre to create, grow and nurture over 50 pieces of new art by artists and communities. We will produce this artistic voyage from 2020 to 2022 – an exciting and glorious response to the people, the places and the heritage of this rich landscape. We will also celebrate the Year of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters in 2020. Shades of Tay is a great way for PFT to start conversations about the stories we need to be telling for the next seventy years, as we approach our birthday. We want to tell stories about Scotland – with and for the people of this country and the world. We want this Artistic Project to provoke debate and inspire response that stimulates the next generation of artists

The Shades of Tay artistic responses will be made by professional and non-professional artists. Irrespective of experience, what sits at the heart of the Project is authentic expression, a celebration of history and exploration of nature. Shades of Tay will be the celebration of how art is wholly and truly inspired by nature.

Why the Tay?

The River Tay is nearly 120 miles long. It possesses mystical might and holds exciting and inspiring stories in its waters. At PFT – we are powered by the Tay as we sit on the riverbank of the Tummel, a tributary of this great river.

Why now?

The Tay is the River Highway that everyone crosses at some point in Scotland; it has many bridges. At PFT we would like to build some metaphorical bridges between us and our Scottish communities, the people we know and the ones we have yet to meet. We want to bring people together and connect communities.

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