Guardian of the Gateway:
Beauly Wych Elm Celebration Event
SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, 1- 4PM
Venue: Beauly Priory, Beauly, IV4 7DY
FREE, all welcome
STORYTELLING • ART ACTIVITIES • SPEAKERS • REFRESHMENTS
READING FROM WRITER MANDY HAGGITH & SPEAKERS FROM NATURESCOT & RBGE
Circus Artspace are working in collaboration with Highland artist Isabel McLeish to celebrate the ancient Wych Elm tree at Beauly Priory – which is nearly 800 years old and believed to be the oldest Wych Elm in Europe. Sadly, the tree is dying of Dutch Elm Disease and had its last buds in 2021.
This event is part of Year of Stories 2022 and will bring together the local community with artists, writers and partnership organisations to discover, celebrate and share their own stories and research about the Wych Elm.
We are delighted that the celebration will feature the first reading of a new commissioned text from Highland writer Mandy Haggith as well as other invited tree health experts Phil Baarda (NatureScot) and Max Coleman (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh). We will also showcase some of the story entries from our current open call.
There will be food and family art activities inspired by the tree with artist Sadie Stoddart, so why not join us to celebrate the life of the Beauly Wych Elm!
This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. #YS2022 #TalesOfScotland
We are very grateful to Historic Environment Scotland for their support accessing Beauly Priory for this event and the Historic Environment Support Fund grant to develop the heritage and legacy around the tree. #HESsupported
Booking is not essential but to give us an idea of numbers for catering please register with Eventbrite.
1:00 - 1:30pm
Book Bug - children's storytelling session with Joolz Christie
2:00 - 2:30pm
Introduction from artist Isabel McLeish & Circus Artspace; a poem from Beauly Primary P6; invited speaker Phil Baarda (NatureScot)
2:30 - 2:45pm
Community stories from Meg Pokrass, Fiona Black and Sherry Morris
2:45 - 3:00pm
Reading of new commission from Mandy Haggith; invited speaker Max Coleman (RBGE)
1:00 - 4:00pm
Family drop-in art activity - leaf collages with Sadie Stoddart