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As another month passes in physical distance, our thoughts are with local communities here on Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh. We continue to be inspired by all the work happening here, and elsewhere, to support people and effect change. 

In this month's newsletter we’re pleased in this newsletter to share news on various ATLAS projects - old and new - as we begin new strands of research and creative projects this Summer. And we're particularly excited to launch our new Plural Futures open call for artists - keep reading to find out more.


Artist Open Call: Plural Futures Film Commission
Hands holding a closed paper fortune teller. 

ATLAS is excited to announce a new film commission opportunity, in partnership with Skye Climate ActionWe are seeking proposals from artists working with moving image across the UK, to create a new community film which speculates on the future. 

The proposed film will imagine a future in which various communities in Skye, Lochalsh and elsewhere have come together to successfully respond to the challenges of ecological crises, working with the premise that if we are to tackle climate injustice, we have to first imagine together what that change might look like. 

Recognising that Covid-19 and climate breakdown are crises of inequality, this project is part of a larger conversation to avoid ‘going back to normal.’ How can we work positively, pleasurably and critically to embrace these challenges? What are the futures we want to see? How can we be in solidarity with those dealing with the effects of the climate crisis now, and learn in the wake of Covid-19? This project aims to support these kinds of conversations, proposing a starting point for new discussions.

Artist fee of £2500 plus £5000 for production.

ATLAS will give key support to manage relationships and to support the gathering of information with the selected artist. 

Deadline: 10 am Monday 29th June 2020

For full details and how to apply please visit the ATLAS website.


CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones
Close up image of CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones oyster table at Bayfield 

We’re also excited to share updates on On Tidal Zones, our ongoing collaboration with Cooking SectionsOur website has been updated with lots of CLIMAVORE news, exploring food for the new seasons of the climate emergency on Skye and Raasay.

CLIMAVORE is a long-term project initiated by Cooking Sections,  and includes a variety of site-responsive iterations around the world. To see how CLIMAVORE explores shifting food landscapes - both here and elsewhere - you can also visit the new CLIMAVORE website.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones - Apprenticeships
A tupperware box filled with three types of seaweed (from left to right: gutweed, kelp and spiralwrack) foraged by apprentice Olivia. Olivia’s freshly baked garlic bread rolls with crispy seaweed (gutweed) on top.

Our CLIMAVORE apprenticeship programme - an island-wide partnership of restaurants, food and drink producers and Portree High School - continues with adaptations in response to Covid-19. 

Continuing as a paid opportunity for young people, this past month, we have been working on a new CLIMAVORE recipe development project with five students from Portree High School.

Using learning from previous workshops in Portree High School’s Hospitality and Practical Cookery course and their own local knowledge, the five apprentices have been developing recipes to be published in a new CLIMAVORE recipe book this Summer.

Meeting every week over video chat to discuss sustainable aquaculture, CLIMAVORE ingredients, foraging and test recipes, we’ll be sharing final recipes in the coming weeks on ATLAS social media.


Art Night
Isabel Lewis, Occasion for PEACE, PEACE WEEKEND, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Image by Neven Allgeier

On Saturday 20th June, Summer Solstice, Art Night will present Trailers – a series of short online works by the 10 artists in their postponed programme, which includes an ATLAS co-commission with Isabel LewisTrailers will mark Art Night’s original 2020 date and also celebrate their 5th anniversary. 
In 2021 Isabel Lewis will stage a “hosted occasion” in both Skye and London, bringing together performance, music, storytelling, and conversation with special guests. For Trailers, Lewis will share a glimpse into this commission, rooted in thoughts, feelings and ideas experienced right now.

Follow @atlasarts and @artnightldn on social media for more news next week. Our co-commission with Isabel Lewis is curated by Art Night Artistic Director Helen Nisbet, working with Skye-based Creative Producer Shona Cameron.  


Artist and makers: One-to-one discussions

In May we held two online gatherings inviting artists and makers across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh to come together in the wake of Covid-19. We are keen to build a sense of the desires of artists in our locale  – now and in the longer term – to explore how ATLAS can advocate for these. 

Thank you to everyone that joined us, for your contributions and ideas. So far we’ve discussed things like mapping networks of artists and resources, and the importance of spaces for critical discussion in our locale. Over the coming months, we will extend these conversations with a number of new assemblies with different themes.

This month, we are hosting one-to-one discussions with artists working around Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh. These hour-long informal meetings can be used to focus on any area of your practice, discuss works in progress or for practical support with applications and funding. To arrange a time to chat with Heather (ATLAS’ producer) or Ainslie (Artistic director), please write to

These sessions will take place online, however, if it would be easier to use another physically distanced method please get in touch.


Opportunities: A selection for artists and makers in our locale

We have collated a range of opportunities open to artists working across Skye and Lochalsh:

Creative Carbon Call for creative online environmental arts events. More here

IMAGINING an ISLAND Open Call for Exhibition of Photographic Work. More here.

Open call Constellations, a free artist development programme that supports eight UK-based artists to explore socio-political issues, community-oriented practice, and public contexts. More here.

Bag Grant for artists with a connection to the Highlands and Islands. More here.

Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase 2020. More here.

Patterns of Flora: Free download extended
Patterns of Flora | Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats, a 2015 ATLAS Arts commission by artist Frances Priest in collaboration with botanist Stephen Bungard

In April artist Frances Priest had the great idea of making an A4 version of our Patterns of Flora / Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats Colouring book available as a free download. 

We have loved hearing how much people are enjoying the book, which will now be available until the end of July.  You can download the book here.

The book is a 2015 ATLAS Arts commission by artist Frances Priest in collaboration with botanist Stephen Bungard. A celebration of the diverse flora of Raasay, it features the original botanical drawings made by the artist of seven different plant habitats found on the Island of Raasay: Bog, Coast, Freshwater Loch, Limestone, Moor, Mountain and Woodland. 

If you would like to purchase a signed A3 version of the colouring book you can do so here.
Take care 
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