About us

A Common Platform & Collective Voice for Traditional Arts

Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland was set up in 2012 to represent Traditional Arts in Scotland.

TRACS brings together the Traditional Music Forum, the Scottish Storytelling Forum and the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland to provide a common platform and collective voice for Scotland’s rich cultural heritage, and to improve the knowledge, practice, development and advocacy of traditional arts in a contemporary world, making them more accessible to all.

TRACS is CREATIVE

• Encouraging collaboration across traditional art forms & languages
• Holistic, inclusive & welcoming inspired by tradition to innovate & develop

TRACS is ORGANISATIONAL

• Sharing core resources to ensure effective communication & promotion for Traditional Arts activities
• Showcasing collective assets of artists, festivals and local traditions for cultural and economic benefit

TRACS is DEVELOPMENTAL

• Lobbying for more support for Traditional Arts
• Building partnerships with arts organisations, education authorities and local authorities

Providing leadership, direction, support & guidance

TRACS Board

Chair: Gary West

Chief Executive: Donald Smith 

Director: David Francis

Andrew Bachell

Mara Menzies

Bea Ferguson

Michelle Brady

David Taylor

Miriam Morris

Elaine Webster

Pia Walker

Gary Cameron

Ruth Kirkpatrick

Gillian Wilson

Sandra Elgin

Heather Yule

Steve Byrne

Jo Navarro