January 22, 2019

8 Questions with Fraser Scott and Iona Ramsay

"We believe that art is the best and most effective way of communicating with people, the best way to start a conversation and activate change in the world."

- Fraser Scott and Iona Ramsay

We catch up with John Byrne Award entrants, story tellers, and film makers, Fraser Scott and Iona Ramsay.

In your John Byrne Award entry, you explored the question ‘What is our place in the world?’ Why did you choose to focus on this topic?

In writing ‘The Brave’, we didn’t set out with a certain topic but rather with a character, a series of stories, and situations. It was only after cutting the film, and seeing the finished piece, did we find the strongest theme in what we had created: this concept of identity, and our place in the world.

Why do you make art? Why do you tell stories?

We believe that art is the best and most effective way of communicating with people, the best way to start a conversation and activate change in the world. Telling stories is how people are given a voice, and we feel that, especially in this climate, people need to feel represented and heard. That is the most important thing. Additionally, creating is an incredibly enjoyable and exciting process, and we hope we can do it for the rest of our lives.

Where do you get your creative inspiration?

We’ve found that there is opportunity for inspiration everywhere. We have been inspired by photographs, news articles, songs and personal experience. Anything that we believe has a unique story, or something interesting to say, is inspiration for us.

What do you value most in life?

Integrity, creativity and Quorn chicken nuggets.

What impact do you hope that your work is having?

We hope that our work raises questions and ideas, that can inspire thought and conversation. If even one person is affected in some way by something we’ve created, we’ll have succeeded.

Who do you admire and why?

Anyone brave enough to challenge the norm and apply their beliefs. Whether that be through art, politics, or in everyday life.

Recommend us something to read, watch or visit, please.

We recently went to see ‘The Unreturning’ in Edinburgh, created by the theatre company Frantic Assembly. We have always been a fan of their approach, one that emphasises physical theatre and devised work. We highly recommend anything they produce (or any live theatre at all!), as it has ultimately altered our view on the capabilities of storytelling, and the process of making.

Describe yourself and your creative work in one sentence?

A desire to share stories, regardless of scale, medium or audience.

What do you think of The John Byrne Award?

The John Byrne Award is such an incredible opportunity for young people to have their work seen and receive recognition for all of the art they produce every day. Not only that, but it allows those creators to see the work of their peers and be further inspired to keep making.

What would you do if you were president of the world for one day?

There are only so many hours in the day, but we’d probably start with a panic attack and end with world peace.

Is there anything else that you would like to say?

We’d like to thank everyone that helped us create ‘The Brave’, and to The John Byrne Award for giving us a platform to share our wee film.

>>Watch Fraser Scott and Iona Ramsays’ John Byrne Award entry, The Brave.