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New ATLAS Chapbook series, Maternity Cover Directors announced and new Art in Schools Project...

Artists in Schools‘Kaleidoscope’ painting with Kyle Primary, photo-credit Sarah Longley

This last month we’ve been having lots of fun - hosting three artist residencies, the first set of screenings of Andrew Black’s new community film, music and workshops with OVER/AT at Elgol Hall, an online talk on the Intertidal Commons, walks and a final meal at the CLIMAVORE Oyster table in October. Thanks to everyone who came and contributed to these events and do keep in touch if you want to continue the conversation.

This coming month, we’re continuing to host a range of public and private screenings of Dàn Fianais during COP, and welcoming new staff members as Ainslie goes on maternity leave for a year. We’re working with five local artists with projects in six local schools, and very excitedly, we are super pleased to be sending out Gàidhealtachd Futures, the first issue of a new ATLAS publication series on the Making Publics Press, with some very special writers. Read on to find out more..

A huge welcome to Joss Allen and Yvonne Billimore

We are very pleased to announce that Joss Allen and Yvonne Billimore have been appointed as joint maternity cover Artistic Directors - working as a job share team to cover Ainslie’s role for the next 12 months. Joss will also be taking on the Alternative Economies Manager two days a week for the next six months as we begin to embed this role into our work. (Join SCAN’s online members meet on 2 Nov to hear Ainslie share a little more about the aims of this role too.)

Yvonne and Joss bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to the organisation and we can’t wait to welcome them to Skye this month.

Joss Allen can be found at the edges of the garden, amongst the weeds and compost heaps. He is an artworker and gardener exploring how creative practices can shape earthy politics, community economies and ecological ways of being, in playful, radical, responsive and meaningful ways. He is interested in collaborations across disciplines, peer education, storytelling and community building. His work has been influenced by his time as a support worker for adults with autism, a labourer on an organic farm and a refuse collector, among others. He recently co-ordinated a three-year community food growing project, Town is the Garden (2017–20), with Deveron Projects, Huntly, Scotland. Joss currently lives in Helsinki, Finland where he is in the process of establishing a local seed library and pursuing a PhD research project on seed saving and story.
Yvonne Billimore is an artist-curator moving between Helsinki and Scotland. Since 2019 Yvonne has been associate curator of Rehearsing Hospitalities, Frame Contemporary Art Finland's public programme for 2019 to 2023. Previously, she was the Programme Manager at Scottish Sculpture Workshop in rural Aberdeenshire, where she developed and produced a programme of international residencies and projects, alongside workshops and public events. Her work facilities situations for collective learning, exchange and experiences with particular attention given to feminist and ecological matters. She is currently exploring Feminist Collective Research Practices, with research performed through a range of approaches including archival research, workshops, reading groups, listening practices, correspondence, writing and an open call for responses.

They say:

“We’re thrilled to be joining ATLAS Arts and supporting the team whilst Ainslie is on maternity leave. We have been engaging with the inspirational work of ATLAS Arts for many years and share the same commitment to addressing social, political, and environmental issues through artistic and creative work. We are looking forward to being situated on Skye and getting to know new people and places through the role. Please come by the office or drop us an email to say hello.”

A huge welcome to them both!

The Making Publics Press Chapbook Issue 1: Gàidhealtachd Futures

In exciting news, the Making Publics Press recently printed and bound a few initial copies of its first issue chapbook; Gàidhealtachd Futures. The chapbook brings together three texts written by linguist and singer Cass Ezeji, teacher and researcher James Oliver, multidisciplinary artist Shiraz Bayjoo and independent researchers, writers and creative practitioners Mairi McFadyen and Raghnaid Sandilands. It was designed by Jeanne Constantin and produced with support from James Oliver, Iain MacKinnon and The Journal of Scottish Affairs who originally published and co-commissioned Mairi, Raghnaid and Cass’ texts. In the book, each text looks at ways of more plural, local, story-filled Gàidhealtachd Futures

In the spirit of the Making Publics Press as a book-making studio open to all, the physical chapbook is free for anyone who would like a copy. Although, this is gently encouraged to be on the (very flexible) condition that you might, where possible, bind a copy yourself at the Making Publics Press, for conversation, community building and making new kinds of social spaces. The process of making a book yourself is also a surprisingly satisfying one.

A pdf of the book is however also available on the ATLAS website library. And check out Cass Ezeji’s documentary Afro-Gàidheil on BBC Alba if you haven’t already.
Art in Schools project with local artists

Children at Auchtertyre primary school during a workshop - photocredit Isabel McLeish

The Art in Schools project has been thriving, joining five local artists with six local schools across Skye and Lochalsh. Balmacara-based Sarah Longley and Isabel McLeish have worked with Kyle and Auchtertyre primaries respectively. Malcolm Mackenzie, who lives in Plockton, will work with their primary school, and Kirkton-based Rebecca Collins with both Loch Duich and Glenelg primary schools. They are joined by Irene Blair, of Breakish, who is working with Kyleakin primary.

The collaborative ‘Kaleidoscope’ painting done with the children at Kyle primary - photocredit Sarah Longley

The project is ongoing, and for the artists who have completed their workshops already, the feedback from both teacher and pupil alike has been glowing, highlighting the need for more art in schools and how excellent a platform it can be for learning and connecting. The artists are developing different projects in line with the interests of each class, including mural making, printing, publication making, outdoor learning, painting and sculptures made from recycled materials.

Furthermore, Sarah Longley will be hosting The Kaleidoscope Exhibition, featuring work from the Art in Schools' project, which will be taking place in the Old Bakehouse at Create in Kyle, between the 3rd and 10th November, from 10:30am to 5pm (until 8pm on Thursday 4th). This exhibit will also include art produced by children at home during the lockdown via Sarah, and other pieces from Kyle Community Trust’s summer workshops and Kyleakin connections.

 CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones October Celebration

As Cooking Sections Turner Prize exhibition Becoming CLIMAVORE opened at the Herbert Gallery in Coventry, we hosted a programme of activities to mark four years of CLIMAVORE on Skye.

The final celebration lunch of the Oyster Table - photographed by Jordan Young

The first week of October saw an online talk The World Who’s Oyster, a workshop with Hayley Wolcott and Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Phort Rìgh, a climate research walk with Eilidh Towers, and residency sharing at Òb nan Ròn, with curator Naoko Mabon.

The week culminated in a final celebratory lunch at the Oyster table with Cooking Sections - who contributed throughout the week with their perspectives and what it means to be CLIMAVORE. The lunch celebrated five years of CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones and the oyster table, while looking ahead to the future and also marking the last occasion of its use. Finally, we held a screening of IORRAM (boat song) at the ATLAS office.

The final celebration lunch of the Oyster Table - photographed by Jordan Young

A huge thank you to everyone who made it such a special week including Cooking Sections, our CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones researchers in residence Naoko Mabon and Hayley Wolcott, Angus Murray, Caroline Ross, Eilidh Towers, Ailsa McLellan, Dr Kathryn A Burnett, Professor Emeritus Michael Danson, and everyone who joined us throughout the week.

Community Film Screening Kit

Over the last couple of months, the community film screening kit has been out across Skye and Lochalsh. Recently it’s popped up in Skeabost Memorial, Minginish, and Broadford Halls, Skye Bridge Studios in Kyle and The Third Ridge climbing wall in Portree.

Supported by Screen Scotland’s community cinema fund, the kit can be booked out by community groups and organisations on a pay-what-you-can basis.

If you want to host your own film night, visit our
Read, Make, Borrow page for more information on ATLAS’ community equipment, training and on how to book.
The large screen set up in the dark in front of The Third Ridge climbing wall, to the right, John, Jen and Jamie are standing at the Caora Coffee stall. Photographed by Jordan Young.
We’ve collated a series of opportunities that may be of interest to artists and makers in our locale:
  • Mandate Climate Action Fund here.
  • CLIMAVORE builds apprentice here.
  • Gaelic programming intern here.
Take care and keep in touch x
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