Shades of Tay

‘Nature is imagination itself’ William Blake

‘Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.’ John Muir

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.

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.

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.


Adventures with the Painted People

by David Greig | A Shades of Tay commission

Shades of Tay Poetry Competition

Professional Submissions