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This month we are delighted to share with you updates from the ATLAS programme, including The School of Plural Futures, Nowhere Art Club and What can we learn about love from lichen? Isabel Lewis project commissioned with ArtNight 2021.
Plus a new opportunity and call for notes of interest for the Culture Collective Artist Residency.


OPPORTUNITY: Culture Collective Artist in Residence

We are seeking notes of interest for an artist in residence as part of Culture Collective, a new cultural exchange programme across Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh.

The selected artist will work closely with the ATLAS Arts programme team over 13 months to research and develop a new project that will form part of ATLAS’ 2022 programme. The artist will be supported with a £26k fee and £7.5k production budget.

The ATLAS artist in residence will join a network of five performing artists working with 
SEALL, this group forms Culture Collective. Each artist will develop a project on their own terms, and be supported by a shared space for learning, community building and critical discussion.

Culture Collective aims to build a series of creative conversations, cultural events and long-term arts projects that celebrate creative practice in Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh, and support communal conversations on the role arts and culture has to play as we look to build more hopeful and pleasurable futures.

For more information and how to apply visit

TAKE PART: Nowhere Art Club Summer Programme

Molly Danter bowing to the wind with the reeds, courtesy of Winifred Brook Young.

Take part in the summer programme of Nowhere Art Club with artist, dancer and storyteller in residence Molly Danter. In July and August, and open to all 11-17 year olds in Skye and Lochalsh, Molly will host a series of outdoor workshops that explore ways of seeing.
We'll use different creative tools at each workshop including movement, writing, drawing and photography, to explore and play with changing perspectives. You can take part in all the days or select the ones that interest you most.

Dates for Portree workshops are:

Wednesday 21st July 10.30am - 1pm
What can be seen when I…?: Movement Workshop

Thursday 22nd July 10.30am - 1pm
Layers upon layers upon layers: Drawing Workshop

Friday 23rd July 10.30am - 1pm
Zooming in and zooming out, together and apart: Movement and Drawing workshop.

Thursday 29th July 10.30am - 1pm
From nonsense to infinity: Writing and movement workshop.

Friday 30th July 10.30am - 1pm
Listening to the unheard: making meaning with found objects.

To find out more visit our website.
To register email Molly with the dates you would like to attend to:

School of Plural Futures

The School of Plural Futures with Cheryl McIntyre visiting North Talisker Hill - Photo by Matthew Arthur Williams 2021.

The School of Plural Futures has been meeting regularly, both online and in person over the last few months. We visited North Talisker Hill with Cheryl McIntyre, learned more about Iomairt an Eilein with Ailish, and met online with artist Rory Pilgrim and young activists Cal, Ari and Liam from Idaho that worked on the film The Undercurrent together.

This week we set up in Skeabost Hall to have a sneak preview of some footage and recordings from the community film project that artist Andrew Black has been working on - listening to people's stories, memories, music, and heard about the changes people have seen over the years in Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh. We then held a speculative conversation about what our futures might look like here.

Big thank you to Andy and Plockton based artist Malcolm Mackenzie and for joining us in these conversations!

The day was wrapped up with a screening of Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival by Fabrizio Terranova - programmed by School of Plural Futures collaborator Isabel McLeish.

Funded by Inspiring Scotland, The School of Plural Futures runs throughout the year. Along with artist Emmie McLuskey, eight contributors across Skye and Lochalsh have been building a series of gatherings to think about and create responses to local and global challenges facing young people.

Visit our website to meet the group and see what we're up to next.

Watching Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival by Fabrizio Terranova in Skeabost Hall

What can we learn about love from Lichen? - Isabel Lewis

A close up of a person wearing a blue coat, holding a lichen covered rock and the What can we learn about love from lichen? publication.

A massive thank you to all who joined us for the series of guided walks and hosted occasions as part of What can we learn about love from lichen? a project by Isabel Lewis, commissioned by Art Night and ATLAS Arts as part of #ArtNight2021.

Led by the local agents – wild forager Lucy Cooke, composer Richy Carey, and lichen expert Nick Hodgettes, the walks wove a circuitous narrative about interspecies bonds and the potential for ecological attunement, brought together at the hosted occasions at Braes Village Hall on Saturday 19th June.

With sound, song, touch and taste ​What can we learn about love from lichen? gave attention to sensuous forms of knowing the landscape and the society between species – through taste, smell, song, sound – and thinking with lichen.

You can view the digital version of the accompanying publication here.

On Thursday the 15th of July ArtNight 2021 will be hosted live on the ATLAS website.

Isabel Lewis’ 2021 Art Night project is curated by Helen Nisbet, Artistic Director of Art Night as a co-commission with ATLAS Arts, with support from Goethe-Institut. What can we learn about love from lichen? was produced in collaboration with local agents Lucy Cooke, Richy Carey, Nick Hodgetts and Producer Shona Cameron. Made with the support of Callie’s, Berlin.

Lucy prepares a table full of foraged delights for people to assemble into a dish in the field by Braes Village Hall.
Take care and keep in touch x
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