OMOS is a new moving image project that pays homage to Scotland’s untold Black history, and celebrates Black performance in Scotland.

Created collaboratively by a group of award-winning performers, OMOS is a touring moving image exhibition that shines a light on Black and Black LGBTQ excellence.

Experience OMOS, and join workshops as part of the touring exhibition:

OMOS, 3 September - 2 October, Royal Scottish Academy

The Origins of Storytelling (Movement Workshop) - 03 September, 10 AM - 12 PM with Briana Pegado

Lipsyncing 101 - 03 September, 12:15 - 1:30 PM with Rhys Hollis

Sing Sister Sing Workshop on the History of Gospel and Jazz Music 03 September, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM with Andrea Baker

The Origins of Storytelling (Creative Writing Workshop) - 24 September, 2 PM - 4 PM with Briana Pegado

Further exhibition dates to be announced.

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.

OMOS is inspired by an historical performance given to King James VI of Scotland with a little-known story. At Stirling Castle in 1594, a feared lion was replaced in a performance by an unnamed Black man, 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.

OMOS will tour to Dunoon Burgh Hall from 25 March - 24 April 2022 with workshops running from 25 - 27 March and throughout April, then to the Royal Scottish Academy from 3 September - 2 October 2022.

OMOS is producd by Pollyanna and funded by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and National Lottery Heritage Fund. It is also funded by City of Edinburgh Council, People’s Postcode Trust and Historic Environment Scotland. 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. The workshops in Edinburgh and storytelling cabaret have 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.

Photo credits
All photos by Washington Gwande
From top down
L-R: Divine Tasinda, Rhys Hollis, Andrea Baker and Kheanna Walker
Rhys Hollis
Divine Tasinda
Andrea Baker
Kheanna walker