Performance Trip: Celtic Connections

 Anoushka Shankar x SCO x Orchestral Qawwali Project 

Friday 28 Jan, 7pm at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall

WACI are delighted to be bringing you our first performance trip since the start of the pandemic and even more excited that it’s a trip to Celtic Connections!

Woman dancing in a field of wheat

World-renowned heir to her father Ravi Shankar’s iconic legacy, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar has built her career on transcending genres and musical boundaries, mixing styles that range from flamenco to electronica, and collaborating with such diverse luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Patti Smith, Joshua Bell, Ibeyi and His Holiness the Dalai Lama 

Here, together with a selection of solo pieces, she joins forces with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to revisit her father’s Concerto No.3 for sitar and orchestra, in which she featured on its Carnegie Hall premiere in 2009.

Book Your Place Now

Places are free for WACI pupils but are limited. We would encourage you all to sign up ASAP and ask that you only sign up if you can attend.

**BOOKING NOW CLOSED**

If you have any questions about this activity, don’t hesitate to contact Becca at: waci@rcs.ac.uk

Holiday Greetings from Fair Access

As we have approached the end of the year we wanted to thank all our students for your commitment during such challenging times. We can see how hard all our Transitions and Widening Access to the Creative Industries students have been working and the Fair Access Team are really proud of you all. 

We believe that the performing and production arts have the power to change lives and we’ve seen this first hand through our workshops, outreach, creative projects, performance trips, creative conversations and events. We hope that you all get to spend the time with the people you like the best over the holidays.

Advice and Support

We have also compiled a list of support services offering advice and support for care experienced and estranged young people over the festive period should you need them:

1/ Time to Talk –  A number you can call for confidential support and advice.

www.reesfoundation.org/time-to-talk

2/ Stand Alone Festive Guide – A guide offering ideas of how to cope with common festive frustrations. 

www.standalone.org.uk/guides/festive-guide

3/ Become Charity – Information including Christmas link-Ups and Advice line information.

www.becomecharity.org.uk/for-young-people/care-advice-line/support-at-christmas

Take care everyone and we hope you have lots of fun.

With much love from the Fair Access Team.

On The Edge

 ‘On The Edge’ KeyWorker Projections 

A Collaboration with Bash Art Creative

Watch some of the KeyWorker Projection highlights produced by Bash Art Creative in collaboration with the Fair Access Department.

Throughout October and November of this year, a series of large-scale outdoor video installations were used to create creative portraitures and performances to explore the role of key workers, teachers, artists, and people who have made a significant contribution to our lives and communities in these testing times.

The portraits and performance workshops took place across Glasgow in localities such as Castlemilk, Drumchapel, Milton and Easterhouse. It was fantastic to see so many people come out and get involved with the project within their local communities.

Coming up next

You can get involved with our new workshops in 2022 if you live in Castlemilk and are interested in performance. Visit here for more information.  

Fair Access Expo 2021

We’re excited to announce that bookings for our upcoming Fair Access Expo are now open!!! 

Come along and join us on Thursday 4th November for open discussions around Widening Access to the Arts. 

We are delighted that the wonderful screen actor Julie Hesmondhalgh will be opening the Expo, sharing her passion for the arts and its power to transform lives and communities. We will also be sharing stories and flagging up opportunities for people interested in a career in Dance, Drama, Music, Film, Production, Theatre and the Performing Arts. 

This year, the main discussions that you can take part in are:

 Young People as Champions of Widening Access to the Arts 
A group of young people will come together to share their experience of choosing the arts as a pathway. We’ll delve into what it’s been like and how they see themselves moving forward.    

 Where Theatre Meets Film 
In this discussion we will hear from theatre-makers and filmmakers and people who do both – we will explore the many varied opportunities that are available in Film and theatre and how both practical and creative disciplines can straddle both art forms.   

 Being Working Class in The Arts 
A career in the arts is not always celebrated as a life choice or even as an option at all – in this panel we will hear from a panel of speakers from working-class communities who have forged creative careers, often against the odds.   


Registration now closed!

Head over to rcs.ac.uk/fair-access-expo to watch again


Attention all teachers and community groups:

If you would like to make a day of it and are able to host the event streamed live into your classroom/space, we have goodies!!! Register your interest in hosting a live stream of the Fair Access Expo to your young folks and we will send you through a box of goodies to give out on the day. Request your pack in Question 4 of the form by telling us roughly how many young people you are hoping will attend. The event will run from 12noon – 3pm. 

Focus Group: Fair Access Black and/or Global Majority

When: 4 October 2021 and 7 February 2022, 5pm-6pm
Where: Online
Who: Transitions and WACI young people who identify as black and/or global majority

Young woman playing a trombone

We would like to invite young people who identify as black and/or global majority to join a focus group that will be chaired by a black and/or global majority artist. The purpose of the group is to hear and share views and lived experiences in relation to being a participant at RCS and interested in the arts. This focus group will take place twice a year in October and February.

To book your place visit: *Bookings now closed*

Booking Deadline: 20 September