The future will be livestreamed

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If you find yourself longing for some creativity, wondering when you’ll next get to a gig or exhibition, then do we have a list for you!

We’ve hunted (read: scrolled) high and low, near and far, to bring you a roundup of virtual creativity.

Of course, we are only few, and the internet is large, so please do tell us if there’s something we should include – email

Now, on with the show!

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The Glasgow Women’s Library collections are available online! Explore their website to find out more about this incredible resource, housing a huge collection of materials by, for and about women.

You can take a virtual tour of world-renowned tapestry studio Dovecot. This centre for art, craft and design is well worth a visit!

Shetland Arts are doing a series of Instabitions – exhibitions, on Instagram. Make sure you give them a follow for a much needed daily dose of art.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery's Events Officer has been recreating museum objects from Perth Museum and Art Gallery in Microsoft Paint! Follow along with the hashtag #DougieDraws.

An Tall Solais, Ullapool's Visual Arts Centre, is planning a series of online exhibitions. The first is an online version of their first scheduled exhibition of 2020, Landscape of Place, showing work from Louise Allan, Lar MacGregor, Morag Smith and Kim Welch.

Don't miss Only for Freedom, an exhibition of new work by Frank McElhinney brought to you by Street Level Photoworks - the photographs were made by placing pinhole cameras loaded with photographic paper in the thirty-two council areas of Scotland.


Our monthly Spotify playlists gather releases from across Scotland - find us on Spotify and get in touch with if you've got something for us to listen to.

There are some incredible online gigs going on. The List have a section for online events, where you can find livestream and home gig listings. Find out what concerts are happening over on the List's website.

The Unsigned Guide have put together a great list of podcasts talking all things music. From music industry advice to the inspiration behind iconic songs, this list has got you covered.

Chamber Music Scotland did a series of #StreamingHomeConcerts that were such a success, they’ve decided to do one weekly! You can watch all the home concerts so far on their YouTube channel. Follow Chamber Music Scotland on Twitter for details of how to tune into future shows!

You can also check out this exciting work, originally streamed as a ‘closed door gig’ by Cryptic, and now available for all - Alex Smoke’s Eirini.

Live Music Now Scotland have put together a programme of online concerts. Check out the schedule for #TogetheratHomeLMNS over on the Live Music Now Scotland website.

Red Note, Scotland's Contemporary Music Ensemble, have a series of live streams called Digital Noisy Nights, taking place every Friday afternoon - check out the schedule.


Our Literature team is posting some great pieces over on their blog - check out their reading lists and resources for writers.

This year is Edwin Morgan's centenary - follow along with the hashtag #EdwinMorgan100 on Twitter to see favourite poems and thoughts about his work.


Glasgow Short Film Festival are making two films from their programme available each day, for one day only. Watch them over on the GSFF website.

SURGE runs projects to develop street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland. Their wonderfully entertaining weekly Surge Arms Live Cabaret happens on Wednesdays from 9pm over Zoom.

Glasgow Film Theatre has a specially curated page on the BFI Player. See the recommendations, and catch up on some brilliant cinema.

North East Arts Touring have curated an online programme of shows - you can see the schedule over on their website.

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival has moved online too, with a special programme including live-streamed events, film screenings and five new artist commissions.

Sion Parkinson's performance piece 'STINKHORN' has been played on BBC 4 as part of their 'Get Animated -BBC Introducing Arts' series. This is now available to watch on iPlayer.

The Modern Institute is doing online film screenings, including Jeremy Deller and Nick Abraham's film 'Our Hobby is Depeche Mode' and Simon Starling's 'Black Drop'.

There are a number of insightful talks made by Street Level Photoworks, such as an exploration of Oscar Marzaroli's photography with Lost Glasgow’s Norry Wilson, An Introduction to Solargraphy with Frank McElhinney, and as part of their Close Up artist talks, a discussion with Colin Gray.

Macrobert Arts Centre have a curated programme of short films available, delivered in partnership with ZShorts International Film Festival. 'Let's Put On Some Shorts' is an opportunity to watch some amazing short films, and chat about them every Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm on their website. The films can be watched at any time too, if you're not around then. Visit the Macrobert website to find out more.

Make and do

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh has announced House Lights Up – a programme of activity to connect artists and audiences with The Lyceum during the theatre closure. You can submit a patch that will become part of a patch-work curtain that will re-open the theatre, and write a letter to the Lyceum - a selection of the letters will be read by actors and shared in a weekly podcast, and will go on to form part of a special one-off show when the theatre opens again.

Join in with the Hospitalfield Online Drawing Challenge, led by a different artist each week for The Free Drawing School. Every Monday at 10am The Free Drawing School a drawing challenge is announced to take part in. You get two hours to do the challenge, and then post on Hospitalfield’s Facebook page. June's artists leading the challenges have include Mark Aerial Waller, Fabiola Carranza, Luke Pell, and Rachel Pimm.

Luminate has launched Luminate@Home, a twice-weekly creative activity that can be done from home or in a care home. The activities are uploaded every Tuesday and Friday at 2pm, and are presented by professional artists and will feature different arts forms, including crafts, poetry, music and dance. The videos are going to be left online, so you can come back to them any time!

Gaada's Quarantzine is an online, open zine of art made in self-isolation, during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Make sure you check it out, and submit to future issues - acceptable formats include drawing, painting, text, photography.

The Stove Network have started Homegrown, a series of creative challenges, collaborations, conversations, artwork and activity in a time of social isolation. Head over to the Stove website to find out more and take part.

Citymoves are running on-line live and pre-recorded dance classes - they're free, (registration required).

LUX Scotland is a non-profit agency dedicated to supporting, developing and promoting artists’ moving image practices in Scotland. For those seeking advice on work or future projects, they've arranged one-to-one advice sessions - you can take part online or by telephone.

Scottish Youth Theatre have launched a new national digital artistic programme in direct response to the current crisis. Over the coming weeks they will be offering young people, families, professional creatives, stakeholders and wider audiences ways to continue to engage with them creatively. Find out more on the Scottish Youth Theatre website.

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre have created a new project 'Where are you, Dundee?', a collective artwork created for and by the people of Dundee, documenting Dundee’s experience of this time. Each week, a new series of creative tasks is announced, check out all the submissions so far on their website.

Street Level Photoworks have produced brilliant activities so you can get creative with photography at home, like this Photo Challenge, an Intro to Photography, and photo recipes of spinach and turmeric anthotype.


Voluntary Arts has launched #CreativeNetwork, “a daily online get-together open to anyone involved in arts, culture and creativity who would welcome the opportunity to talk to others about dealing with the current situation, the challenges of working from home and what we can do together to make the most of difficult circumstances.” Take part from 9.30am – 10.30am via Zoom.

The Touring Network is hosting weekly Network Meet-ups for members and friends of The Touring Network as well as performers or promoters in the region of the Highlands and Islands. You can chat with the network every Monday at 3 - 4pm and Wednesday at 10 - 11am.

Disability Arts Online are running a weekly online social every Friday afternoon. They're a casual way to meet others and feel connected - find out more over on the Disability Arts Online website.

Get Creative at Home

This year, instead of promoting local creative events, Get Creative has transformed into #GetCreativeAtHome to highlight and promote creative activities being developed to help people to express themselves creatively during a time of unprecedented change.

They are encouraging organisations and individuals that create, curate or signpost great accessible online activities to add them to the Get Creative website. Visit the #GetCreativeAtHome Activities page find out more.

Other resources

There are some incredible resources keeping a track of streams of performances and online activities. View these spreadsheets for a deep dive into online activities from around the world: Keeping Culture AliveCulture Digital: Streams and this one here (no attribution could be found).

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This article was published on 27 Mar 2020