Dunoon Burgh Hall

OMOS

Event information

Date: Fri, 25 March 2022 - Sun, 24 April 2022

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm, Wednesday to Sunday

Cost: Free Admission

Type: Exhibition

An exhibition of a new moving image project that pays homage to Scotland’s untold Black history, and celebrates Black excellence and performance in Scotland.

Filmed in Puck’s Glen and created collaboratively by a group of award-winning performers, OMOS is a touring film exhibition that shines a light on Black and Black LGBTQ excellence in Scottish performance.

Cabaret performer Rhys Hollis (also known as Rhys’s Pieces) leads an outstanding group of collaborators including opera singer Andrea Baker, dancer Divine Tasinda and pole artist Kheanna Walker. Each artist has used their unique skills and perspective to create a solo performance for the film.

Join the artists for a series of free workshops – more information here:

Aligning Ourselves with our Own Personal Values Through Creativity – Dunoon Burgh Hall

Drag & Lipsync workshop with Rhys’s Pieces – Dunoon Burgh Hall

Gospel Workshop with Andrea Baker – Dunoon Burgh Hall

Our History in Words and Music workshop with Andrea Baker – Dunoon Burgh Hall

OMOS is inspired by the connections between Puck’s Glen, Stirling Castle and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, alongside a historical performance given to King James VI of Scotland with a little-known story. At Stirling Castle in 1594, a feared lion was replaced by an unnamed Black man, who pulling a chariot through the castle’s Great Hall: one of a number of Black people who appeared in performances at the Scottish court.

Filmed on location at two sites of historical significance, Puck’s Glen, Dunoon (named for Shakespeare’s mischievous fairy) and Stirling Castle, OMOS is a beautiful, powerful moving image work that shows each artist occupying space in homage to an often forgotten history – drawing on the past and looking to the future.

The name OMOS originally was an acronym for the phrase ‘O monstrous! O strange!’, a quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As the project developed, this phrase has been morphed to stand for ‘Our Movements, Our Stories’. The film has an ambiguous title of solely ‘OMOS’.

The exhibition features a 20-minute moving image work, shown on loop.

Access: Audio described and subtitled versions of the film are available. Email manager@dunoonburghhall.org.uk to arrange to access these.

Image caption: Divine Tasinda in OMOS, photo: Washington Gwande

OMOS is produced by Pollyanna and funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and National Lottery Heritage Fund. It is also funded by People’s Postcode Trust. Partners include Historic Environment Scotland, Forestry and Land Scotland, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Royal Scottish Academy, Cultural Heritage and Arts Assembly Argyll & Isles (CHARTS), Argyll & Bute Council, the Fruitmarket, Scene Stirling and Transmission.