How do Friends of Pskov celebrate 12 June 2020 – National Russia Day amidst a global COVID-19 pandemic? Over social media? Yes. Over a video conferencing platform? Yes. By joining the official inauguration of the new Russia – UK Twin Cities Foundation? Yes, indeed.
In this two-part travelogue, exclusively written for the Friends of Pskov website, Daniil Schultz – a long-term friend of Perth and a resident of Pskov – takes us through Scotland in the early 1990s before welcoming us to his native Pskov during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown of Spring 2020.
Perth under lockdown in full spring bloom? Just follow our founding Friends of Pskov member Sally Bonnar on her daily walks over at our Instagram. Was it just a year ago when Babs Pease – our artist-in-residence at Pskov Plein Air did our first Instagram Takeover! Intrigued?
Did you follow our recommendation for a Russian culture fix under the Scottish lockdown by attending the UK premiere of Daria Elkonina’s Autumn? Read our Friends of Pskov’s own Iliyana Nedkova’s review Signs and Sounds of Cinematic Mystery.
The latest in our Friends of Pskov RECCOMENDS (even under the pandemic lockdown) is the UK premiere of the short film Autumn by the Russian filmmaker Daria Elkonina as part of Alchemy Live – the tenth edition of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. Curated in Hawick, Scotland’s film town, the festival livestreams to the comfort of homes the world over. For free.
Did you know that Bulgaria was so loyal to its Big Brother USSR that it used to be considered the 16th Soviet Republic. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the collapse of Soviet communism in Bulgaria with the Bulgarian/Scottish visual artist and theatre maker Katherina Radeva at Threshold artspace, Perth Theatre.
‘Queen Victoria at the piano’ is only one of the titles of Viktoria Postnikova. Learn about the memorable encouter of the Friends of Pskov on and off stage at Perth Concert Hall with this talented musician.
Upon her return to Perth, Barbara Pease aka Babs met at Threshold artspace for a chat with Meg Luckins – one of our founding members. Watch a brief 3-part interview and learn about the sense of adventure and liberation Babs felt during her artist’s residency in Pskov and Izborsk. See some of her stunning watercolours, too!
Our brand new Instagram account is now live!
Barbara Pease – the recipient of the artist-in-residence travel bursary 2019 from the Friends of Pskov – will be taking over with news and stories from her experience of the 11th International Plein Air in Pskov and Izborsk from 18 until 29 June 2019. Remember to follow us and share widely!
Having followed Barbara Pease Instagram Takeover, Sally Bonnar – one of our founding members – is reminiscing about the great time spent in Pskov and Izborsk. Together with our friends at Horsecross Arts, we are also looking forward to Bab’s solo exhibition at Threshold artspace inspired by her artist’s residency at Pskov Plein Air.
Following our open call, Barbara Pease was one of the Perthshire artists selected to receive the Friends of Pskov travel bursary for the 2019 Pskov Plein Air. Working in partnership with Horsecross Arts, the Friends of Pskov is looking forward to welcoming Babs back to Perth’s Threshold artspace for a solo exhibition inspired by Pskov Plein Air.
Our new website was‘inaugurated’ on 12 June 2019 – the National Day of Russia! Iliyana Nedkova and Alexander Miller marked the occasion by attending the Reception at Merchants House hosted by the Consul General of the Russian Federation, the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and one of the Arctic Convoy veterans.
Did you know that the prestigious open-air artists’ residency in Pskov and Izborsk has been welcoming Perthshire artists since 2003. Find out who were the recipients of our Friends of Pskov artist-in-residence travel bursaries over the years and what is in store for the special Hansa Days 2019 edition of this residency curated by Oleg Tsvetkov.