New York Tartan Week is just around the corner and what a fantastic celebration it will be with people coming from all over the globe to experience a uniquely brilliant event which has something to offer everyone.
New York Tartan Week is a celebration of Scottish-American heritage culture and community and a brilliant experience which will see you wanting to come back each year for more!
Music plays a central role in celebrating that shared community and culture; the music traditions brought over by Scots have survived and thrived in North America to this very day.
It’s fair to say that the shared passion for music and culture has brought about real fusion and development of new style and approach whilst respecting the traditions of the past. Discovering new ways, paths and approaches has always been central to the Scottish-American identity and nowhere is this more evident in the culture and creations borne from our partnership and shared legacy.
Music, as with the Scots-American heritage itself has experienced real innovation and fusion over the past few hundred years and you can hear Scottish influences in everything from Appalachian, folk and even country music.
It’s fantastic that the old traditions are preserved an continued by many talented and passionate musicians across North America, some of which are performing at NYC Tartan Week this year alongside some musical guests from Scotland also! With live music performances all over the city there’s something for everyone and of course with a huge amount of pipe bands marching in the Tartan Week Parade on April 8th you can experience something truly unforgettable.
Musical performances at Tartan Week this year include:
Pre-Parade Ceilidh- 6pm
The Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace Bryant Park (Free)
11:35am – Lathallan School Pipe Band
11:55am – Oban School Pipe Band
12:15pm – Bonnie Brae Knights Drummers
12:30pm – St Columba School Pipe Band
12:45pm – Shamrock & Thistle
Post Parade Party
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 4:00pm
Glengarry Bhoys, Gleadhraich, Scottish Octopus, Wight Hot Pipes, The Highland Divas
(Tickets $85 reserved/$65 general admission) Purchase tickets here.
James MacMillan – St. Luke Passion: New York Premiere
St. Bartholomew’s Church – 8pm
(Tickets $40 Balcony/$50 Prime Seating) Purchase tickets here.
— Jamie McGeechan
Music Reporter for the American Scottish Foundation
A rare exhibit of renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Scott (sculptor), is now on show at the New York campus of Glasgow Caledonian University, 64 Wooster Street, NYC. The show runs now through June 26th. The exhibit through a series of bronze sculptures and sketches, shows us Scott’s love of the horse, especially the large working Clydesdales.
In 2014 Andy Scott’s completed his largest public work to date when The Kelpies, the largest equine sculptures in the world standing over 100ft tall, were unveiled at the Helix Park, Falkirk.
Scott normally presents LARGE public works, and for this show he is presenting twelve bronze sculptures and two wonderful larger steel pieces. These are shown together with maquettes (scale models) of some of his famous public works. Also on display are sketches and drawings showing the process for making his landmark public figurative and equine works. Scott in recent years, produced some of Scotland’s leading art in the public space. In addition to the Kelpies he has created Arria in Cumbernauld, Ravenscraig’s Steelman and the Heavy Horse.
In addition to the smaller series of bronze sculptures for the show, Scott has also been collaborating with renowned silversmiths Hamilton & Inches and cabinetmakers Method Studios. Together they are developing a bespoke sterling silver chess set to mark Hamilton & Inches’ 150th Anniversary. All the chess pieces will be based upon the horse.
In Spring 2014, The American-Scottish Foundation® in conjunction with Andy Scott and Falkirk Council, worked to bring the Kelpies maquettes to New York, where they took up residence for several weeks on the Fountain Terrace of Bryant Park.
They looked very “at home” on the Fountain Terrace and many of us wished they could stay but they had to continue their world travels.
Award winning and celebrated Scottish sculptor Andy Scott has announced that he will hold his first major gallery show in New York this coming June at the Glasgow Caledonian University Campus.
Scott received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters this past November from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) “in recognition of his renowned talent and creativity as a sculptor and his specialisms in the field of steel structures.”
Scott, who studied at Glasgow School of Art, creates his monumental metal sculptures in his Glasgow workshop. He is most famous for his landmark Kelpies monument at Helix Park in Falkirk. He spent eight years working on the Kelpies, which are a pair of steel horse heads 30 meters high. They are the largest works of art in Scotland and the largest equine sculptures in the world. In their first year alone, the Kelpies attracted 1.4 million visitors.
In 2014, the ASF worked with Scott to bring the Kelpies to New York. The 20ft Kelpie macquettes were on display during Scotland Week 2014 on the Fountain Terrace of Bryant Park. The Kelpies attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the Plaza bringing a focus to the 100ft Kelpies which were being installed at the Helix Falkirk at that time.
As Andy Scott says of the Kelpies, “They stand testament to the achievements of the past, a tribute to artisanship and engineering and a proud declaration of intent for the future of Scotland.”
The Kelpies will feature in the upcoming New York gallery, depicted with the full bodies that one might imagine to be hiding ‘beneath the ground’ at their Falkirk site. The gallery, which will last two months from June, will also feature a show of small sculptures, photographs and other images. Scott is currently working on a series of small clay maquettes, which will be cast in bronze for the show. “The process for me now is different,” he explains, “I am working on intricate clay models when I am usually hitting something with a five pound hammer.”
Although Scott admits that the vast amount of work threatens to “do his head in,” he is thankful for the chance to share his work with an American audience. “When an opportunity like this comes along you would be foolish not to seize it with both hands,” he said.
The American-Scottish Foundation looks forward to attending Andy Scott’s gallery show this June and will share further updates on the upcoming GCU Exhibit as they are announced.
As part of a Tartan Week special, the ASF is proud to present a series of Lunchtime Concerts from April 6-12. Taking place in one of our absolute favorite settings, The Fountain Terrace at Bryant Park, the concerts are sure to be a musical retreat in your day.
April 6, 2015 12.30pm-1.30 pm – Tartan Day Observance
“Tartan Day” recognizes the contributions of Scottish Americans with performances by The Highland Divas and Patrick Duffy, piper, as well as readings from The Declaration of Arbroath and Tartan Day proclamations.
April 7, 2015 12.30 pm-1:30 pm
Performances by Scottish Octopus (Celtic/World/Folk Bagpipes) and Hannah Read & John Gribbin, modern folk songwriters.
April 8, 2015 12.30-1.30pm
Performances by Lanark & District Pipe Band, Scotland, and Craig Weir, VIP Piper and winner of the Young Scot Award for Arts in 2014, as well as Mike Ogletree Anacoustic Mind, inspired by Robert Burns, with a blend of reggae and rock.
April 10, 2015 12.30-1.30pm
Performances by Scottish Octopus and Jenna Moynihan & Friends, acclaimed fiddler with unique style rooted in Scottish tradition and Appalachian influences.
6.00-7.00pm – Pipes and Drums at Sunset
April 11, 2015 – Pipes and Drums before the Parade
11:30 Lanark & District Pipe Band, Scotland
11.50 Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch
12:30 Bonnie Brae Knights
12:40 Shamrock & Thistle Pipes & Drums of Ocean County
April 12, 2015 12.30-1.30pm
Performances by Oban High School Pipes & Drums, Scotland; Shot of Scotch Highland Dancers, and The Tailor of Inverness – An interlude with Matthew Zajec and Aden O’Rourke (opening at 59E59 Theaters April 14th).
A few previews of our musical features for our Bryant Park concerts: Scottish Octopus, Hannah Read, Lanark and District Pipe Band, and The Highland Divas.
SCALE VERSIONS OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST EQUINE SCULPTURES – THE KELPIES – TO BE SHOWCASED IN NEW YORK’S BRYANT PARK
Bryant Park, in New York City, will welcome two 15 ft tall scale models of Glasgow-born artist Andy Scott’s ‘The Kelpies’ sculptures from March 19th to April 22nd next year, in the lead up to the internationally acclaimed week of Scottish celebrations in the city.
December 18, 2013 (see the original release on PRWEB)
One of the world’s highest profile public spaces is to showcase a major new arts project which is set to transform Scotland’s tourism map. Bryant Park in New York City, will welcome two 15 ft tall scale models of Glasgow-born artist Andy Scott’s ‘The Kelpies’ sculptures from March 19th to April 22nd next year.
Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, pictured with Duke and Baron, the Clydesdale horses that were the inspiration for The Kelpies.
The Kelpies – two 100ft steel horses heads which are the largest equine sculptures in the world – are the centre piece of the £43 million Helix land transformational project between Falkirk and Grangemouth in central Scotland and are expected to attract an additional 350,000 visitors a year to Falkirk – a town just 30 minutes’ drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
They will also boost the central Scotland economy by around £1.5 million per annum and provide the area with its second ‘top ten’ UK tourist attraction.
The Helix will transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban green space. Once complete, it will be an outdoor recreational area open to all, offering easy access to picturesque woodland, a central park with a lagoon, linked walking paths and cycleways.
Thanks to terrific support from The City of New York Parks and Recreation, Bryant Park Corporation, and the American-Scottish Foundation®, the scale models (known as the Maquettes) will be seen by more than 250,000 people a day during the period they are on display next spring.
In addition, a program of lunchtime concerts is being planned around the sculptures on Bryant Park’s Fountain Terrace as part of next year’s celebration of Scottish arts and culture in the heart of Manhattan.
Andy Scott, the Scottish sculptor who created The Kelpies, said:
“The Kelpies pay homage to Scotland’s heavy horses which played a vital role in agriculture and industry in Scotland. They exemplify the best of creativity, engineering and project management and are soon to be the largest public artworks in the country, and the largest equine sculptures in the world – they have been almost eight years in the making.
“It is a huge privilege to be invited to display the Maquettes at Bryant Park, and I am confident they will help to put Scotland, and the Helix project, firmly on the map – not only for resident New Yorkers, but for international visitors to the city.”
The Maquettes have previously been showcased in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh.
Dan Biederman, President of Bryant Park Corporation, said:
“It is a great pleasure to work with the American Scottish Foundation and Scotland to host these sculptures and the ‘Tartan Week’ performances in Bryant Park. The park is one of the busiest public spaces in the world and a perfect location for showcasing arts and culture.”
The Helix development is being driven by a partnership of Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals and the construction phase for the 100 ft. tall Kelpies was completed in November 2013. Work on the site’s visitor and parking facilities is currently underway and the development will officially open to the public in the summer of 2014.
A spokesman for The Helix team said the unique agreement with the Bryant Park Corporation was a major development for The Kelpies and for Scotland.
He said: “New York City is said by many to be the cultural capital of the world, and so this unique opportunity to position The Kelpies as an International sculptural landmark and visitor destination represents fantastic recognition for the project, raising awareness of the beneficial impact it will have on the local area and on the whole of Scotland.
“It is a huge gesture of approval for The Kelpies to be chosen for this venue and a true accolade for the sculptures and The Helix. I hope that some of the thousands of people who see these sculptures on display in Bryant Park will take time in the future to visit The Helix if they come to Scotland.
“Bryant Park is within a few blocks of Times Square, the Empire State building and the New York City Library, and has a daily footfall in excess of 30,000 people per day and over 200,000 people pass by the park each day.”
The Maquettes have previously been showcased in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh.
The Kelpies’ arrival in Bryant Park is a partnership between the Helix Project, The City of New York Parks and Recreation, Bryant Park Corporation, and the American-Scottish Foundation.
Bryant Park is a 9,603 acre public park, privately managed by the non-profit Bryant Park Corporation, located in the New York borough of Manhattan. It is located between 5th and 6th Avenue and between 40th and 42nd streets in mid-town Manhattan.
MEDIA CONTACTS :
For the Helix, Andy Scott and The Kelpies:
Charles Mann, Associate Director, 3×1
Tel. +00 44 141 221 0707 or +00 44 7825 153 599.
Nicola Macnaughton, Account Manager, 3×1
Tel. +00 44 141 221 0707 or +00 44 7725 638 246.
For the American-Scottish Foundation:
Camilla Hellman, Executive Director
Tel: 212 605 0338 x 4
Video courtesy of The Helix
Video courtesy of ITN
NOTES TO EDITORS :
THE HELIX: The Helix is a £43 million land transformation project being driven by a partnership of Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals. It will transform under-used land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a thriving urban green space. Once complete, the Helix will be an outdoor recreational area open to all, offering easy access to picturesque woodland, a central park with a lagoon, linked walking paths and cycleways. The Helix will also open up Scotland’s canal network by installing a new full-length canal link and a canal hub featuring the Kelpies http://www.thehelix.co.uk/
ANDY SCOTT: Andy Scott is a world renowned Scottish figurative sculptor, specialising in public artworks. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA Hons in Fine Art Sculpture in 1986. In addition to The Kelpies, his portfolio now extends to over 70 projects across the UK and internationally including several monumental landmark sculptures. A selection of his portfolio can be seen at http://www.scottsculptures.co.uk/
FALKIRK COUNCIL: Falkirk Council is a unitary authority which provides all local government services for the Falkirk Council area. Covering 112 square miles, it has a population of 151,570 and extends from Banknock in the west of the region to Blackness in the east and from South Alloa in the North as far as Limerigg in the south. The area contains varied countryside, including areas of considerable landscape quality. It also contains the port of Grangemouth and depends for its prosperity on a broad industrial base which includes sizeable industrial areas in Falkirk and Grangemouth http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/
SCOTTISH CANALS: Scottish Canals is the public body responsible for looking after all of Scotland’s canals. It conserves the waterways as part of Scotland’s heritage, ensuring they play a vital role in the way the country operates. The environment and heritage of the canal network is integral to the work of Scottish Canals, and the organisation ensures the canals are managed in such a way to ensure maximum enjoyment for all http://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/
THE AMERICAN-SCOTTISH FOUNDATION®: The American-Scottish Foundation is an international not-for- profit organization. Its aim is to establish links and strengthen ties between Scotland and the United States, through the pursuit of contemporary social, cultural, educational, and business activities http://americanscottishfoundation.com/
BRYANT PARK CORPORATION: Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park, one of the busiest public spaces in the world, without government or philanthropic funding. In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending the lawn and seasonal gardens, BPC creates amenities and activities in Bryant Park for over 5 million visitors each year. BPC’s website http://www.bryantpark.org/ has more detailed information plus a complete schedule of the upcoming wide range of free events.
THE NEW YORK TARTAN DAY PARADE: The New York Tartan Day Parade will take place on SaturdayApril 5th, stepping off at 44th and Sixth Avenue, two blocks north of Bryant Park and The Kelpies.
In 1998 the U.S. Senate declared April 6 to be National Tartan Day to recognize the contributions made by Scottish-Americans to the United States. In 1999, two pipe bands and a small but enthusiastic group of Scottish Americans marched from the British Consulate to the UN—our first Parade! Since then, it has grown to include hundreds of pipers, thousands of marchers and many more thousands cheering from the sidelines.
Website for Parade details: http://nyctartanweek.org/tartan-day/
Further historical information of National Tartan Day is available at http://www.tartanday.org/history