Scottish libraries are being encouraged to take part in a new BBC Arts project which celebrates the cultural history of the British Isles.

The Art That Made Us Festival 2022 takes place between 11th – 20th February 11th and will spotlight examples of amazing creativity included in UK collections for a major BBC TWO series.

The BBC are now looking for libraries, archives, museums, and galleries to become Festival Partners and organise public facing events inspired by objects in their collections around the theme of creativity.

No institution is too big or event too small, with Festival Partners being encouraged to organise a range of inspiring events such as keynote speeches, talks debates, tours, masterclasses, workshops, displays or books or objects.

Through its networks, stations and digital platforms, the BBC aims to encourage audiences to engage with the events with all museums, galleries, libraries, and archives welcome to take part.

The Scottish Library and Information Councils is working closely with the BBC and other stakeholders Art UK, Art Fund, Association of Independent Museums, The Black Curriculum, Culture24, Libraries Connected, Museums Association, and National Museum Directors’ Council to engage with audiences across the UK.

About The Series

The Art That Made Us is a major new cultural history of the British Isles, exploring how pivotal works of art, literature, design, and music have helped shape our creative story.

Each programme focuses on eight to ten extraordinary objects and explores what they reveal about a turning point in our history. Housed in galleries, museums, archives, and libraries from around the home nations, some works are well-known, and others overlooked.

For more information on The Art That Made Us Festival visit the BBC Arts website. You can also sign up your organisation to become a Festival Partner and take part in the national celebration.