Arts and Sciences

The Barony of Tir Ysgithr’s Arts and Sciences

Welcome to the Barony of Tir Ysgithr’s official web page for the Ministry of the Arts and Sciences. The office is dedicated to purpose of encouraging research and re-creating the arts and sciences of pre-17th century Europe.

Minister of the Arts and Sciences

The Minister of the Arts and Science promotes the historically accurate pre-17th century arts and sciences by facilitating A&S Competitions, showcases, displays, performances, feasts, and through education such as personalized hands on class instruction, lectures, collegiums, and A&S demonstrations.

Our current Minister of the Arts and Sciences is:

Viscountess Victoria of the Vales of Barndale, OL, OP.
Farspeaker: (520) 400-0078.

The A&S Emergency Deputy is Lady Genvieve dAvon Plubel.
Farspeaker: (520) 850-5418.

For more information, please contact the A&S Minister at

Barony of Tir Ysgithr’s Artisan’s Registry:

This is, as the name implies, a registry of the known artisans of the barony. This is a tool for the populace to use when seeking an artisan to serve in the capacity as an instructor or mentor in learning a specific art or science. It is also the perfect way for artisans to meet others who share the same passion in an art form. Need a subject matter expert for a collegium or demonstration? Check out the registry.

If you would like to be included in the registry, update your information on the registry, or wish to be connected with a particular artisan, please contact the Minister of the Arts and Sciences.

Click here to view the Artisan’s Registry BTY Artisans Registry Information 2016.

Arts and Sciences Activities:

Tir Ysgithr offers a wide variety of selected monthly Arts and Sciences Nights to choose from. Groups and guilds galore!

  • Arts and Sciences in the Park: First Tuesday of every month, 7 PM, held at Baronial Fighter Practice at Reid Park. Several different arts and sciences experiences await you.
  • The Social Sciences: How can you build a persona if you don’t know what time period you like? Each month a class will be offered that highlights a different pre-17th century culture. Classes will also be offered that are SCA specific.
  • Instructive and Interactive Demonstrations: Periodically, formal A&S demonstrations are scheduled. This allows you to not only see the art produced, but also to try your hand at it.
  • A&S Work Station: Should you have a work in progress and your art or science is suitable for the park environment, we encourage you to bring it to Arts in the Park. Great time to work on Largess for the barony. A table, chairs and lights will be provided for your use.
  • Dance Practice: is hosted by Mistress Elaine and Sir Wulfere, teaching English and Italian Country and Court dances.
    Middle Eastern and Persian dance and drumming have also been known to be practiced as well.
  • The Necessary Arts and Sciences Night: Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6 PM- 9 PM, at the Ward 2 City Council building, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, Arizona, 85710 (between Kolb Road and North Pantano Road, off of Fremming Ave.


    Four functional workstations will be at your disposal in room “C”, complete with an instructor and needed tools and equipment. The work stations are: Arms and Armor (repair), Clothing /Accessories, Textile/Needlework and Decorative/Fine Arts. You will need to provide your own materials (or equipment that is solely for your use).


    In addition, we offer a different A&S class each month. The class is held in room “B” away from the merry chatter of classroom “C”. Classes will be announced each month on the Book of Faces and through a group of Yahoos.

    A Helping Hand:
    The art of giving through the creation of largess will also occur at the Necessary Arts and Sciences Night, (and if suitable for a park environment at Arts and Sciences in the Park). The old saying “it is better to give than receive” does not apply here! Make a piece of largess for the barony, and one for yourself as well. All materials provided.

    If you wish to teach a class, demonstration, or serve as a work station instructor or have any questions or comments, please contact the Minister of the Arts and Sciences.

  • Baronial Scriptorium
    Interested in painting or calligraphy? Want to learn more about how those lovely scrolls that get handed out at court are made? Join us on the 1st Thursday of the month from 7-9:30 pm, at the Ward 2 City Council building, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, Arizona, 85710 (between Kolb Road and North Pantano Road, off of Fremming Ave.
    We are open to scribes of all levels of talent and experience. Come even if you don’t have any paints or ink. We have stuff for you to borrow. Garb is not required.
  • Cottages Arts and Sciences: Those arts and sciences that are hosted in private residential dwellings are referred to as Cottage A&S. They are held monthly and each have a specific focus. All Cottage A&S events publicized are open to the populace. Garb is not required.
    *Please note that as these events are hosted by individuals and life happens, there may be disruptions to the posted Cottage A&S events on this web page. Cancellations, date /time changes or updates may be found on the baronial A&S event page, Book of Faces, or by contacting the Minister of the Arts and Sciences.
  • Scriptorium Night; Hosted at Lord Seamus mac Riain and Lady Iuliana home, 5835 east 34th street, Tucson, AZ, on the third Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Spend the night learning skills of scribal and Illumination. If you are new, our scribes will teach you, if you have been out before, come back and join us! For more information and directions contact Lord Seamus at Email: < a” style=”color: blue;”>
  • Heraldry Hut: Heraldry Hut is held on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:30 pm. This is an opportunity for gentles throughout the kingdom to consult with our Kingdom Submissions Herald, Mistress Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, on a suitable SCA Name, Device or Badge. For directions or more information please contact Mistress Marta, OL, OP, Farspeaker: (520) 881-9492 or Email:
  • Fun and Causal Bardic Circle: Hosted on one Friday of the month (contact Lord Quillon, on the book of faces to acquire the date), beginning at 8:00 pm 1823 North 3rd Avenue, Tucson 85705. Quillon and Lord Nial host this event at their house and ask you to join them around the fire for a night of merriment and music, food and friends. Some food and drink will be provided, feel free to bring some to share as well. Bring your chair too. The site is wet.
  • Guilds: Guilds brings those together who share a passion for a specific art or science.
    The Barony of Tir Ysgithr can boast of having the oldest (and still very active) guild in the Kingdom of Atenveldt, Cooks Guild.

    • Cooks’ Guild
      Cooks’ Guild is a gathering of those interested in period cooking and recipes. Each month, a different food theme is chosen and participants are encouraged to prepare and bring a dish following the theme to share.
      Cooks’ Guild meets the fourth Wednesday of every month, starting at 7:30 pm (with very few exceptions…usually the third Wednesday in November to avoid Thanksgiving, and at times not held in December to avoid Christmas. Site changes monthly. Please contact Mistress Marta, OL, OP. Farspeaker: (520) 881-9492 or Email:
    • Paynter’s Guild of Atenveldt
      The Paynter’s guild of Atenveldt was established to gather information for the application of paint on fabric and how we can use historical information for SCA purposes. The Baronial chapter meets at the Necessary Arts and Sciences Night, at the Decoration /Fine arts workstation. Paynter’s Guild of Atenveldt, open group on the Book of Faces. Coordinator is Viscountess Victoria., Farspeaker: (520) 400-0078, Email:

    What to start a guild in the Barony? Contact the Minister of the Arts and Sciences for the official Kingdom forms.

  • Tir Ysgithr’s Boar-onial Invitational Arts and Sciences Competition

    Statement of Purpose:

    1. Provide a forum for artisans to share their pre-17th century artworks with the baronial populace for the purpose of education and inspiration.
    2. Provide a venue for interested artisans to achieve their highest artistic excellence through the vehicle of constructive input from their peers.
    3. Provide encouragement to artisans to continue their education in the arts and sciences by seeking out new artistic endeavors beyond their category(s) of expertise.
    4. Provide outstanding artisans recognition for their skill and expertise.

    Tir Ysgithr’s Boar-onial Invitational Arts and Sciences Competition consists of six divisions, an artisan may only enter one of the six divisions, the exception being Household Championship (providing they qualify under the given definition). With the exception of the Baronial Champion Competition, entrants need not be paid members of the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. The six divisions they are:

    • A&S Baronial Champion: open only to the Tir Ysgithian populace. Individual artisans competing for Baronial Champion must have resided within the Barony of Tir Ysgithr for at least six (6) consecutive months immediately prior to the Competition. Entrants must have a paid membership from the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc., and be in good standing.
    • A&S Household Champion: open only to Tir Ysgithr’s recognized households (membership of five or more active persons), and to who’s majority of members resides within the barony.
    • Open Division: open invitational to all whom reside in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.
    • Novice Division: open invitational. Novice is defined as someone who has never entered an arts and sciences competition; at either a shire, march, baronial or kingdom level (Showcases and Laurel’s Prize tournaments are exempt).
    • Youth & Children’s Divisions: open invitational. Youth are defined as between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, and Children between the ages of 3-11 years of age.

    Click here to view the Boar-onial Invitational A&S Competition in its entirety (rules, categories, judging criteria, etc.) Tir Ysgithr A&S Competition 2016.

    Click here to view the results BTY A&S Competition Results 2016