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As Skye cautiously begins to open up to visitors, we're sending our love and support to our friends and partners who are taking it slow, adapting and testing new ways of working and welcoming people to the island.

Like a lot of people in the arts right now ATLAS is spending time fundraising and planning to ensure we can support artists with well paid projects in the years ahead. We're particularly focused on developing projects focused on local knowledge and young people and want to hear from you if you have an idea or response to anything we’re working on.

 
All of the artists and groups we are working with are invested in creating imaginative and practical alternatives for the future, and we are committed to continuing this work. ATLAS projects always connect to place and environment, and in the years ahead we want to ensure we can continue learning with local knowledge to push for better futures - building global solidarity and responses to climate injustice.
 
This month we’ve been shortlisting for our film commission with Skye Climate Action - a new speculative, collectively made film exploring these questions. Our new Plural Futures archive residency began in the Gaelic collections of Tobar an Dualchais online resource. We’ve organised remote events and workshops with our new zine library, and begun to gather equipment for a new Making Publics Press publication studio. We’ve taken walks down to our CLIMAVORE Oyster Table to start new research on the habitat surrounding Bayfield, and continued to volunteer with Skye Community Response, north Skye’s amazing mutual aid network.
 
Stay safe and in the meantime here is a round up of some of our ongoing projects:
 
The Skye Zine Library

Our new communal zine project has landed, maybe one of our boxes has even found its way to a location near you! 

The Skye Zine Library gathers and shares local knowledge, and work by local and international activists. Feel free to peruse the collection and borrow any of the zines that take your fancy.
 
The Zine kits can be found at distribution points across Skye and Lochalsh and contain a new island-wide library of zines and mini publications. Keep an eye out for these as we introduce new resources and expand with zines for you to borrow. The library has grown this month with a locally made zine by Croft4Portnalong – and existing zines from Dardishi and Sassify - we’d encourage you to buy from them if you can!
 
What is a zine? Zines are non-commercial, independent publications that can be made by anyone. Often using DIY methods, many zines start by creating a handmade design which is then photocopied and shared with others. 
 
Visit our website for a location map, further information and resources and keep your eyes peeled around the Lochalsh area for our growing #SkyeZineLibrary.
 
The Skye Zine Library is part of Making Publics, ATLAS’ new programme exploring community building and solidarity through publishing.
 
Zine additions to the Skye Zine Library, including Dardishi issue 01. Dardishi is a community-focused zine and arts Festival that showcases Arab and North African womxn’s* contributions to contemporary art and culture.


CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones - Recipe Project 
Our CLIMAVORE apprentices have been working hard to develop their recipes this summer through online advice sessions with local chefs and support from Cooking Sections. Five students from Portree High School’s Hospitality and Professional Cookery class have been exploring ways to use ingredients in their cooking that are good for the local ecosystem.
 
Apprentice Laura has been out foraging for seaweed and mussels on the shore near her home. With support from Michael Smith - head chef at Loch Bay Restaurant, Laura has developed her own recipes for seaweed oatcakes and a take on a classic Moules Marinière dish. 

Laura’s seaweed oatcake recipe:
 
Seagrass / Gutweed growing along the shoreline on Skye
Ingredients 

4tbs seaweed (for this I foraged seagrass on the shoreline)

300g of oatmeal and extra to add to hands and workbench 

Pinch of salt

Pinch of bicarbonate of soda

2 pinches of garlic salt

1 and a half tbsp of butter or fat 

Water
Method
1. Wash your seaweed very thoroughly and prepare. To prepare mine I lightly fried it till it was crispy.
2.  Add to a bowl 300g of oatmeal, a pinch of salt, 2 pinches of garlic salt, pinch of bicarbonate of soda. 
3. Stir together and set aside.
4. Add the seaweed into a pan with 1 and a half tbsp of fat or butter and a splash of water.
5. Stir until melted together before adding the oatmeal.
6. Slowly work all the ingredients in together until you can form a ball.
7. Dust your hands and surfaces in oatmeal- this will help prevent it from sticking. Roll your mixture out cutting it into circles or whatever shape you would like.
8. After you have cut them place them into a hot frying pan or griddle. Keeping an eye on them.
9. After 5-10 minutes flip them and give the other side 5-10 minutes 
10. Remove from the heat and allow them to cool before enjoying.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones examines the environmental impact of intensive salmon aquaculture, and reacts to the changing shores of Portree, Isle of Skye. It looks at forms of eating that address environmental regeneration through the promotion of ingredients that proactively respond to the new ecological challenges of Scottish waters.

You can see the first four apprentice’s recipes here.

 
Plural Futures Archive Residency
Image credit: Catherine Weir 
Performance artist Catherine Weir began her digital residency with Tobar an Dualchais and ATLAS this month, joining ATLAS Director Ainslie on a 3-day course hosted by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig to get an in-depth introduction to the Tobar an Dualchais collection. The course included lectures and workshops with folklorist and anthropologist Mairi McFadyen, Gaelic translator and cartographer Raghnaid Sandilands and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Senior lecturer Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart.
About Catherine Weir:
Catherine is a performance artist and musician in a feminist punk collective called Fallope & The Tubes. Fallope & The Tubes is an exercise in mutual support and uninhibited self-expression and the energy it fills Catherine with drives her other more introverted practises of drawing, writing and, of late, animating. Her drawings and animations are observational and darkly comical and almost everything is driven by strong eco feminist leanings and an obsession with personal individual narrative.
 
Tobar an Dualchais is Scotland’s largest online collection of sound recordings, consisting of up to 50,000 recordings of songs, music, history, poetry, traditions and stories collected from across Scotland from the 1930s onwards.
 
Catherine will be sharing updates on Tobar an Dualchais’ instagram page for the coming month, working towards a public sharing of her research in September.

This residency is part of ATLAS Arts’ Plural Futures programme. 
 
New Community Film Equipment
John Akomfrah’s, The Call of MistDunvegan Castle, Skye, 2016
ATLAS is to receive nearly £25,000 from Screen Scotland’s Cinema equipment fund to allow us to purchase a new hi-spec projector, PA and visitor access equipment. We look forward to relaunching our film programme, installing new exhibitions, and developing new collaborations with film groups when physical distancing eases. 
 
Huge thanks to all the Community Halls reps, SEALL and Duirinish Media and Culture Club who wrote letters of support for our application - all of whom will be making use of the new projector and PA as a free community resource on the island. 
 
ATLAS will also continue to work closely with local cultural spaces to support cinema engagement and collaborative programming, making sure we support each other and cultural spaces to thrive beyond COVID-19.
 
With thanks to Screen Scotland and our partners for their support.

 
Skye and Lochalsh Artist Opportunities 
If you are an artist or maker in Skye and Lochalsh and would like support, advice or proof reading on a funding application, do get in touch with: admin@atlasarts.org.uk
Circus Art Space - here
Season for change here
SUPERLUX Monthly One-to-One Advice Sessions - here
The Stove Artist and Community Landowners Commission -Deadline 3rd August! here
 
Audio Newsletter
If you would like to hear an audio version of this newsletter you can do so here.

 
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