Pròiseact nan Ealan scoop prestigious award

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The national Gaelic arts agency, Pròiseact nan Ealan, were the delighted recipients of the Arts & Culture award at the annual Gaelic awards.

The event, sponsored by the Daily Record & Bòrd na Gàidhlig, celebrates excellence across the language and this was the second year in a row that Pròiseact nan Ealan have triumphed in this category.

The award celebrates the significance of World War One multimedia production ‘Sequamur’ which toured locally, nationally and internationally to widespread critical acclaim.

However, it was a bittersweet night for the company as it announced that, after over 25 years of being at the forefront of Gaelic arts development, it will cease to operate in December 2015.

Speaking after collecting the award Erica Morrison, Creative Director of Pròiseact nan Ealan, said: “As an organisation we have always been committed to delivering high quality Gaelic arts, and we are delighted to receive this award in recognition of a wonderful piece of Gaelic drama which recognised such a significant period in the history of the Gael.

However, we have found ourselves in a constrained financial position in recent times and, despite all our best efforts, the organisation will close next month.

Pròiseact nan Ealan has been a major part of Gaelic arts development over many years, and I wish to thank all our supporters who have contributed to our numerous achievements.”

Speaking on behalf of the Pròiseact nan Ealan Board, Catherine Macdonald (Chair) said: “Funding is a growing problem for arts organisations and, sadly, Pròiseact nan Ealan are not immune from this.

“My thoughts are with the staff whose hard work and commitment to Gaelic arts has been validated once again by last night’s arts and culture award.”

Pictured with the Arts & Culture award are: L to R, Janet Archer (presenter), Erica Morrison (winner) and Brian O hEadra (presenter).