Perth City Salute August 2017

On foot of the development of the William Wallace Big Head Puppet for Ardrossan's Castle Carnival Parade this year, Independeht State of Happiness was delighted to be invited to form part of Perth's Salute Event Parade, as ongoing development from the Edinburgh Military Tattoo's Outreach work in 2015. After developing & choreographing various Haka-style chants...

Visual Art Commission for Paisley Weave Sma' Shot Festival 2017

Working to a brief to create an artwork that celebrated Paisley's rich weaving heritage, the global spread of the infamous 'Paisley Pattern' with a festival theme of 'The Threads that Bind Us' - celebrating what brings people together, brings a sense of belonging and makes Paisley's communities rich and vibrant, and how Paisley's proud heritage inspires a legacy for today's makers and artists.

Sneak Peak!

The months long process developing material for the Ardrossan Castle Carnival Parade finally came to an awesome conclusion on Saturday... I've gone straight onto a wonderful new commission but here's a sneak peak at some of the William Wallace Big Head Puppet & other wearable and portable art created with more info images & video material and post-parade Vox...

Fèilltean Gu Leòr! Festivals Galore!


Tha mi fìor thrang ag obair airson pròiseact Ealain & Dràma Sràide mòr Mòr MÒR an-dràsda! A' cruthachadh culaidhean & gu leòr nithean spaideil airson a' chiad phairèid mar phàirt de Latha Carnabhail Chaisteal Àird Rosain air an 17mh den Òg-mhìos, agus gu leòr eile...

Celtic Connections' Showcase

Thigibh a' tadhal air Ariel aig Stannd 16 ann an Tallaichean-Cuirme Ghlaschu bho 9.30 - 2.30uf Dihaoine an 27mh Faoilleach!

Come chat to Ariel at Stand 16 in the Glasgow Concert Hall at Celtic Connections' Showcase Scotland from 9.30 - 2.30, Friday 27th of January. 

Australian-born of Scots...

Bliadhna Ùr - Bhidio Ùr - New Year - New Video!!

Tha am bhidio mu dheireadh mu shàr-phròiseict Fhèis Shamhna Phàislig ri fhaicinn gu h-ìosal is tòrr agallamhan ri com-pàirtichean cuideachd!

Take a look at the video of last year's fab Paisley Halloween Parade project, with lots of Vox Pops with performers & participants!

Neach-Ealain air Mhuintireas - Artist in Residence Irvine Festival of Light

Bha e na urram fìor mhòr dhomh a bhith nam Neach-Ealain air Mhuinntireas dhan fhèis seo am bliadhna - being Artist in Residence at the Scottish Maritime Museum for this new festival was not only one of the highlights of my year, but of my entire artistic career as well. Though an intense three and a half weeks, delivering some 18 workshops for school, community & youth groups whilst...

Pairèid Oidhche Shamhna Phàislig - Paisley 2016 Halloween Parade

Bha mi air ais airson an 4mh bliadhna ris a' phròiseact seo a tha na dhìleab air Mhòd Nàiseanta Phàislig ann an 2013. Back for the 4th Halloween since the Royal National Mòd in Paisley 2013, the legacy of the Paisley Mòd continued with this year's parade engaging more young and older adults and broadening our engagement with groups beyond the traditional dance & theatre genres....

Féile Ealaíon Chathair na Mart - Westport Arts Festival September 2016

Táim in Éirinn faoi láthair don tríú huaire leis an bhféile iontach seo - it's a year of thirds it seems this year, having just finished my third tour for the fantastic Highlands festival, Blas, back in Westport for the third year since 2013 and heading straight back into our 3rd Paisley Halloween Parade, creating bilingual Gaelic Street Theatre & Spectacle.

Ach an...

Turas nan Craobhan - A Journey with Trees


Is iomadh rud a bhitheas an luchd-fastaidh agus amhairc ag innse dhomh - those who hire me to deliver work in their communities, and their audiences tell me many things, and I'm always grateful for those who take the time to put it in writing.

"I also wanted to say that what you are doing with Gaelic is amazing, wonderful, innovative, inspiring,...

Fèis Bhlas!! Fab Blas Festival Feedback!

'S fhiach dealbh mìle facal.. If a picture's worth a thousand words? I hear 'awesome' from children, young people and adults pretty often about my work, I think seeing it written as 'OSM' might be a first and always good to see 'totally awesome!'. I think it might be the first time I've head 'magic' connected to my Circus Skills workshops as well, but I guess there always time for a first...

Featured Artist

Bithidh e daonnan na urram mòr an obair agam a bhith na pàirt d'fhiolmaichean aithriseach a thèid a dhèanamh airson Fèisean, agus tha an obair is na beachdan agam mu na pròiseactan ri fhaicinn is ri cluinntinn dhà thursan anns na bhidiothan seo gu h-ìosal. 

It's always a great honour for my work to be included in festival documentaries, and both commentary & my own...

Blas 2016!

Tha e na phribhleid mhòr dhomh tilleadh dh'Fhèis Blas airson an treasamh turas is tha mi an dùil gu mòr ri tòiseachadh Diluain a tha a' tighinn! It's a great honour to return to the fantastic Blas Festival for the 3rd consecutive year delivering a range of Storytelling & Drama workshops, as well as Circus...

An Lùnasdal - August

Abair Samhradh trang! It's been an incredibly busy Summer, with Community Participative Street Theatre & Spectacle, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig's Family Week & Gaelic Graffiti Art for the EU International Minority Language Festival, our Kelpies at Belladrum & Gaelic Rap! Thèid agaibh blasad a fhaighinn dheth gu h-ìosal - here's a quick taste of all the action below:

Belladrum!

Chan ann ar n-Eich-Uisge amhàin a bha air an dòigh glan a bhith aig fear de na fèisean Samhraidh as motha anns a' Ghàidhealtachd! Our Kelpies weren't the only ones in high spirits to be at Belladrum this year! 

Sma' Shot Parade

Abair pròiseact mòr! This ended up being a rather more monumental project than anticipated, with our Sma' Shot Superheroes piece involving some 600+ separate cut pieces! Bha e na thlachd mòr dhuinn an chiad chothroman mar chleasaichean pàighte proifeiseanta air trostanan a thoirt do dhithis chleasaichean òga cuideachd - It was a huge pleasure to also be able to offer their very first...

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