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We’re excited to be launching a series of physically distant projects and artist opportunities this month - a new Zine Library, a new artist film commission with Skye Climate Action, and a new Gaelic archive residency with our friends at Tobar an Dualchais. 

Through our work and these projects we’re trying to build advocacy and ideas across our sector and communities for a green, just, climate-positive recovery. We’re experimenting with new methods and continuing to support projects that focus on building alternatives together. We were especially excited to put these thoughts to Skye, Ross and Lochaber MP, and SNP Leader of the Commons, Ian Blackford as part of Skye Climate Action, on Zoom last week.

As ever, please be in touch with us if you have ideas or contributions to any of our projects, and stay tuned as we announce new resources and shapes for the years ahead.

The Skye Zine Library launches

ATLAS are delighted to launch The Skye Zine Library - a new communal zine project. From today, resources and materials are available at distribution points across Skye and Lochalsh that will help build a new island-wide library of zines and mini publications made by locals.

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. 

The Skye Zine Library aims to distribute information quickly and independently - connecting and mapping the ideas of individuals, collectives and activists in our locale. 

We’re excited to be launching the project with Balmacara based artist Isabel McLeish as part of Engage Children’s Art Week, inviting children and families to make zines that reimagine the natural world from the 29th June - 19th July. Find out more about Isabel's project here.

Visit our website and Instagram for a location map, further information and resources, and keep a look out for your zines as they travel around Skye and Lochalsh.

Artist Opportunities
We currently have 2 separate artist opportunities live as part of our programme:

1. Plural Futures: Film Commission - Deadline extended 

We are seeking proposals from artists working with moving image across the UK, to create a new community film which speculates on 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, working with the premise that if we are to tackle climate injustice, we have to first imagine together what that change might look like. 

Artist fee of £2500 plus £5000 for production. ATLAS will give key support to manage relationships and to support the gathering of information with the selected artist. 

The deadline for this opportunity has been extended to 10am Monday 6th July 2020 
For full details and how to apply please visit here.

2. Tobar an Dualchais & ATLAS Arts: Archive Residency
Hamish Henderson interviewing Allidh Dall Stewart who was a traveller, tinsmith, piper, soldier and singer and was widely regarded as one of the great Gaelic-speaking storytellers of his time. (c) School of Scottish Studies Archive
ATLAS and Tobar an Dualchais are delighted to announce the inaugural Plural Futures Archive Residency this summer.

Supported by a £1000 fee, the selected artist will be invited to undertake a period of public research in the 
Tobar an Dualchais digital archive. Open to visual and sound artists with an interest in oral history, archives and sound, this residency aims to foster meaningful engagement with gaelic culture and heritage, and to build critical and imaginative responses to the complexities of Scottish history and cultural identity. 
Deadline: 10am Tuesday 7th July 2020
For full details and how to apply please visit 
CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones
Murdo’s Seared Scallops, Skirlie and Potato starter.

Our CLIMAVORE apprenticeship programme - an island-wide partnership of restaurants, food and drink producers and Portree High School - continues with adaptations in response to Covid-19. 

Over the past month, five students from Portree High School have been working on CLIMAVORE recipes with Cooking Sections in collaboration with local CLIMAVORE experts from around Skye: Mania Pietrzak from Skye Bakehouse, head chef of The Dunvegan Tim Hunter-Davies, Lochbay’s head chef Michael Smith, and head chef Elanor Bailey from Taigh Ailean. Meeting weekly over video chat, together they have been discussing sustainable aquaculture, CLIMAVORE ingredients, foraging and their test recipes.

These new recipes will be published in a new CLIMAVORE recipe book this Summer. We’re looking forward to celebrating the launch of the book at the CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones
Oyster Table at Bayfield, once physical distancing is lifted.

Visit CLIMAVORE: Educate and keep an eye on ATLAS social media next week as we begin to share each recipe, including Murdo’s Seared Scallops, Skirlie and Potato starter.


ATLAS Arts & Art Night London: Trailers
Artist Isabel Lewis in her studio, 2020

ATLAS Arts and Art Night‘s co-commissioned artist Isabel Lewis opened ‘Trailers’ on the 20th of June - a series of short online works by the 10 artists in Art Night’s postponed festival programme. 

Drawing on research into landscapes in Skye and London undertaken earlier this year, Isabel staged a digital rehearsal as an interactive situation for the screen. Filmed in her Berlin studio, with sound and camera operated by Mars Dietz, the rehearsal is accompanied by multiple windows into her working process. Isabel brings together dance, music and storytelling in a collage of video and other hyperlinked sound and text files - weaving a circuitous narrative about interspecies bonds and the potential for ecological attunement in the reading of myths and stories.

If you missed it, never fear! You can take part and experience all of the works on
Art Night's website until 20 July 2020. 


Opportunities: A round up for artists and makers in our locale

- Glasgow Life Letter to Glasgow / Litir gu Glaschu. More here. Deadline Monday 29th! 

- Season for Change launches Common Ground. More here. If you are interested in applying ATLAS can offer support with proofreading or advice for individuals making applications. To arrange one-to-one support with the application process please write to

- WASP studio space available in Inverness. More here.

Artist and Makers: One-to-one sessions

We continue to host one-to-one discussions with artists working around Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh. These hour-long informal meetings can be used to focus on any area of your practice, discuss works in progress or for practical support with applications and funding. To arrange a time to chat with Heather (ATLAS’ producer) or Ainslie (Artistic director), please write to

These sessions will take place online, however, if it would be easier to use another physically distanced method please get in touch.

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