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Alice in Wasteland 1991, Leeds Animation Workshop
ATLAS February update
We’re busy planning scores of events this coming year, including film programmes, local collaborations, meals, workshops, performances, Curators’ visits, Oyster table events and our Art Night London co-commission in June (look out for a full announcement in March). As we plan for the long term our programme will continue to grow with the desires of humans and non-humans on Skye and Lochalsh.
Coming up

Skye Climate Action: Future Tellers subgroup

All ages / children welcome
1 April, 6-7.30pm, ATLAS Arts, Portree
8 April, 3-5pm, South Skye venue tbc

Join us for the first meetings of the Skye Climate Action Future Tellers subgroup.

In January 2020, ATLAS was approached by Skye Climate Action, asking if we would help steer a community film project that would predict 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. The project works with the premise that if humans want to tackle the climate crisis, we have to first imagine together what that change might look like. 

Led by ATLAS, this future telling workshop is the first session of the SCA Future Tellers subgroup - as we work towards the co-production of this new community film. How can we work positively, pleasurably and critically to embrace these challenges? How can we be in solidarity with those dealing with the effects of the climate crisis now? With film clips, texts and exercises we’ll start the process of scripting and creating the project together. 


More information here.

Plural Futures: Lunch, kids workshop and film
Saturday 18 April 2020
12 noon - 2pm 
Minginish Community Hall

Join us at Minginish Community Hall for an ATLAS community meal, kids cyborg -making workshop and a screening of ‘Alice in Wasteland’ - a short film by Leeds Animation Workshop.
                                                                                                
Kids big and small, bring along a bunch of old recyclables; cardboard, cartons, and plastics - and transform them into cybernetic beings. ATLAS will provide materials and facilitation. Bring along a parent or guardian too. 

We’ll be serving soups and cakes a la team ATLAS, and bread from the Skye Bakehouse - all made with CLIMAVORE recipes. Feel free to bring a dish along but this is by no means mandatory.

ATLAS Plural Futures community meal, January 2020

About Alice in Wasteland (1991, 12 mins):

Alice wonders where things go when they are thrown away… Using a combination of cartoon and cut-out animation, this film amuses and entertains while also providing an introduction to the problems associated with various kinds of pollution. Alice travels round the world, discovering the dangers of landfill sites, toxic waste dumps, deforestation, acid rain, ozone destruction…

Alice in Wasteland 1991, Leeds Animation Workshop
Plural Futures is a programme of meals, discussions, film screenings and other events organised by ATLAS Arts in collaboration with community groups around Skye and Lochalsh - exploring alternative ways of thinking about the future and working together.

Youth Promote
Broadford Girls Youth Club, March 2019

Last year, ATLAS secured funding from Youthlink Cashback for Creativity and The Broadford and Strath Community Company in March 2019 to work with three youth groups from the Broadford Growers Hub, Broadford Girls Youth Club and a boys group working with Highlife Highland Youth worker Nicholas Kelly. 

The project 'Youth Promote' devised by Film Programmer Suzy Lee enabled the youth groups to develop three short films including a trailer film for the project that promotes their local communities through a series of practical workshops over the course of a year. The final outcome of the project is two short films 'Pier to Pier' and 'Broadford Growers Hub' that will be launched at the Broadford and Strath Community Company AGM after a private screening at Aros, Portree.

The boy's group are also working with Suzy at Cuillin FM to produce a radio show and learn about presenting and production techniques. This is an ongoing project that will be first aired on the station in March. Follow ATLAS social media and visit the ATLAS website for further updates.


CLIMAVORE: Cooking Sections
CLIMAVORE Oyster table, 2017

Did you know fossils of oyster ancestors have been dated to the early Triassic Triassic period?1 That’s over 247 million years ago. Our little friends at the Oyster Table are a bit younger than that, but each one continues to filter up to 120 litres of water a day at the Bayfield tidal zone. 

We’re busy planning lots of free events this summer with food, activities, performances and recipe projects down at the CLIMAVORE Oyster Table. 

Meantime, the CLIMAVORE apprenticeship programme continues. Following our January session at Portree High School with Cooking Sections, six students are beginning their apprenticeships with our restaurant, food and drink partners across the island.

Together, we are imagining and planning ways for the project to evolve and grow in the coming years.


CLIMAVORE is supported by The Pebble Trust and Patagonia Environmental Grants Fund of Tides Foundation and the Connect Local Regional Food Fund, which is financed by The Scottish Government, in partnership with industry, and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Ambition 2030.

[1] Hautmann, Ware, Bucher. ‘Geologically oldest oysters were epizoans on Early Triassic ammonoids’. Journal of Molluscan Studies, Volume 83, Issue 3, August 2017, Pages 253–260
 
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    ATLAS Plural Futures Community meal, January 2020
Thanks to everyone who has hosted visits with us these last few months. If you have any questions about our work, if you are interested in hearing more about ATLAS Arts' programme or if we can make it easier to take part in any of our projects please continue to reach out to us.

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