April update

Like everyone this past month, we’ve been spending time looking after those around us, as well as trying to find new ways to continue to support our communities, colleagues, artists and partners. 

We’re currently looking at how our programmes can be adapted, postponed or expanded on a case-by-case basis, depending on what is best for each project - using this time to deepen connections and build responses to the changing contexts around us.

In this newsletter we’ve outlined a few of the things we’ve been up to this month, as well as some of the changes to the 2020 programme.

We’re sending lots of love to everyone navigating these difficult times, and remain open for your ideas and questions as ever.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones
Gut weed Enteromorpha intestinalis found at Bayfield
Bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosus found at Bayfield 

Since it was first installed on the tidal zone at Bayfield, Portree in 2017, the CLIMAVORE Oyster Table has been slowly settling into its surroundings. Not only a habitat for oysters and mussels, during our last visit, we noted a wide range of species living on and around the table. At first glance, it appears like one type of seaweed, however on closer inspection we were able to identify a whole variety of different wracks, lettuces and weeds.

One seaweed with many names; Feamainn-bhuidhe, Ascophyllum Nodosum, Egg Wrack, Knotted Kelp and Rockweed, can live for up to 15 years.

Brown seaweeds have been known to remove heavy metals from their environment (Sánchez-Rodríguez et al., 2001; Davis et al., 2003) and can be used to remediate contaminated waters.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones is an ongoing project with Cooking Sections, exploring how forms of eating can address environmental regeneration. 

Art nights x ATLAS Arts Co-commission announcement 
Isabel Lewis, Occasion for PEACE, PEACE WEEKEND, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017. Image by Neven Allgeier
Originally due to take place in Skye and London in June 2020, our co-commission with Art Night has now been postponed until 2021. In the meantime, we are delighted to announce details of the planned project, with artist Isabel Lewis.

Across venues in Skye and London, Isabel Lewis will stage a “hosted occasion” bringing together performance, music, storytelling, and conversation with special guests. Lewis will draw from her research into landscapes in Skye and London to weave a circuitous narrative about interspecies bonds and the potential of mutually beneficial relationships in situations of difference in close proximity. Visit the ATLAS  website and see Art Night London’s full programme announcement - to find out more.

This project is curated by Art Night Artistic director Helen Nisbet, working with Skye-based Creative Producer Shona Cameron. We’ll continue to share updates from Isabel’s project with Art Night, throughout the year.

Plural Futures

Plural Futures is a new ATLAS programme - thread running across ATLAS projects in 2020. It includes film events, artworks, collective-making, meals, discussions and long term processes of work, organised by ATLAS Arts in collaboration with community groups around Skye and Lochalsh.

Future Tellers Subgroup

Following two very fruitful future telling sessions in April, we are hosting a third session of the Future Tellers subgroup on 30 April at 2pm.

Originally due to take place as planning sessions for a new film project in collaboration with Skye Climate Action, these events have been adapted as forums for discussing and sharing ideas – and to think of ways to learn through the current crisis. 

Open to anyone, the workshop focuses on techniques for telling and making the future together. Prior to the event – choose a book or text that is important to you, something that might help you think about the future. It could be anything – a story, a poem, a novel, something academic, spiritual or non-fiction. Choose a short passage from that text you might want to share. If you’d rather just listen in, that’s fine. The conversation will be mediated by ATLAS Arts director, Ainslie Roddick.

The workshop takes place online via Zoom. Email to be sent a link. More information here.

Notes from Plural Futures: Future Tellers online session

Cyborg Parade
 Cyborgs from Skye, Lochalsh and beyond meet at the CLIMAVORE oyster table
Our Plural Futures community meal, screening and cyborg workshop due to take place at Minginish Community Hall on 18 April, was sadly postponed. In its place we held the Plural Futures Virtual Cyborg Parade.

From our homes we created colourful beings made from recycled materials and imagined what their super powers might be; teleportation, super memory, flying, speaking to sea creatures and the power to turn non recyclable items into reusable ones. See the whole parade on our social media stories here.

Patterns of Flora colouring book
Patterns of Flora colouring book, Frances Priest in collaboration with Stephen Bungard

We are very grateful to Frances Priest, who was in touch this month with the great idea of making her Patterns of Flora colouring book available as a free download for people to print at home. A specially adapted A4 version of Patterns of Flora is now available on the ATLAS website until the end of May 2020. The colouring books also went out in 150 care packages for children and young people around Scotland, thanks to The Kindness Wave project.

Patterns of Flora | Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats is a 2015 ATLAS Arts commission by artist Frances Priest in collaboration with botanist Stephen Bungard -celebrating the diverse flora of Raasay.
The original signed A3 version of the book can also be purchased along with many other ATLAS Arts editions, on our editions website.

Seeking a new Chair and new Trustees 
We would still love to hear from anyone interested in joining us as we look for a new Chair of the Board of Trustees, and 2-3 new board members to join our Board of Trustees. We are aware that it's a difficult time to be making decisions so if it is something you are considering, please take your time, and get in touch when you feel ready .

More information on how to apply can be found here.

ATLAS Editions 
Dualachas chroitearachd cairt-chluiche | Cultural crofting playing cards, Sharon Quigley 

ATLAS Editions is a range of bespoke, limited edition multiples commissioned by ATLAS Arts. 

You can take a look at them here to find a thoughtful gift or something to enjoy, entertain or brighten up your space during these stay at home days. 

All profits are reinvested into the ATLAS programme so that we can continue to commission and produce contemporary art around Skye and Lochalsh.

Take care and continue to reach out to us with your thoughts, the ATLAS team.
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