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It's been a busy few months of activity at ATLAS, we’ve hosted a new series of artist lunchtime talks, been awarded funding with the Culture Collective, started a new project with five local artists to work in schools around Skye and Lochalsh, began the careful planning for our outdoor Artnight co-commission and our Plural Futures Community film launch this Summer, scouted out a new seed library location in Dunvegan, and began working with artist-in-residence Molly Danter on a new Art Club with Skye’s 14-17 year olds!

In this newsletter we’re also very excited to share some updates as we welcome a new Chair of our board, as well as what we’ve been up to with The School of Plural Futures, The Making Publics Press and our ongoing Seed Stewardship programme.

The ATLAS team are all still working from home, working on a whole series of new events and projects with artists from near and far. We can’t wait to share more with you as things begin to slowly open up this year.


What can we learn about love from Lichen?
Artist Isabel Lewis speaking into a microphone in a forest, image credit Dia Beacon.

From 16th-19th June, What can we learn about love from Lichen? takes place in various places across Skye, and throughout July in Compton Verney, England. Artist Isabel Lewis will stage a “hosted occasion”, bringing together performance, music, storytelling, and conversation with special guests. 

Building from research and conversations with locally based collaborators, Isabel is choreographing a series of guided walks tuning the ears, eyes and body to more sensuous forms of knowing. With sound, song, touch and taste the work will weave a circuitous narrative over four days, reflecting on our own bodies and different ways of being together. The walks will be hosted on Skye from 16th June, and brought together in a ‘hosted occasion’ at Braes Hall on the 19th, combining the various elements.

Places for all walks and the occasion at Braes Hall are free, and will go live late May. Find out more here.
 


Nowhere Art Club

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

Our 2021 artist, dancer and storyteller in residence Molly Danter is working with ATLAS Arts and SEALL to organise Nowhere Art Club, led by Skye’s 14-17 year olds, taking place in Portree this Spring and Summer.

Taking place across a range of venues in Portree – outdoors, at the Oyster Table in Bayfield, under canvas, on walks and in large indoor spaces – and when necessary online, to get together safely to create and make.

You don’t need to have an interest in art, dance or music to take part. This is a space to chat and do something creative together. If you’d like to get involved send an email molly.thespace@gmail.com for more information.  Find out more here.

Resources available at ATLAS
Image of the Making Publics Press at the ATLAS office.

Make a book! The Making Publics Press is an in-house book making studio providing all the equipment needed to design, print, bind and trim your own books and publications. If you have a publication idea to test or simply seek to self-publish your own book, all you need is to book a free equipment induction with us online via admin@atlasarts.org.uk. This takes about an hour, and slots are available between 10am-6pm throughout the week.

The Making Publics Press hopes to be a space that can bind book-making, conversation and community; creating new projects and social spaces open to everyone, operating on a pay what you can basis. Find more details here.

Photograph from the screening of John Akomfrah's Call of the Mist, at Dunvegan Castle.

With thanks to Screen Scotland’s Cinema Equipment Fund, last week ATLAS took delivery of our new community film screening equipment. This equipment is available to community groups to use for pop up film events, for free - and as soon as we can safely gather together, ATLAS will be returning to our regular programming of film screenings across Skye.
 


A Rye Story - Seed Stewardship Event
Closeup of a person's hand shaking wildflower seeds from a dried seed head into the palm of their other hand, by Joss Allen (2018)

Online event with Joss Allen
Tuesday 25th of May
1pm

How might thinking with seeds help us to reconfigure conventional domestication narratives, and how they influence the ways many of us stage our relationships with the non-human world?  

Joss would like us to take a journey with rye, following its migration from the meadows of Anatolia to the fields of northern Europe. A short speculative fabulation as a provocation to get us thinking differently about seed-human relations and how we might rethink notions of care, agency and domestication. 

This event is part of our ongoing Seed Stewardship programme, connecting local heritage and global land sovereignty. Tickets will be released two weeks in advance.

The School of Plural Futures
Collage by SofPF co-collaborator Sara Oussaiden including newspaper clippings, and a green map of the Isle of Skye.

In April we came together for Wild Work, the second session of The School of Plural Futures programme led by artist Emmie McLuskey. The programme included a film screening of ‘The Secret Path’ by Gord Downie programmed by Plural Futures co-collaborator Sebastian Taylor, and a day Finding Your Voice, a composition and vocal workshop with composer and musician Rufus Eliot and award-winning Mezzo soprano Lea Shaw.

The School of Plural Futures is a new alternative school exploring climate and social justice. Co-designed with and for people aged 16-25 who live on Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh, the school programme takes the form of a series of five gatherings exploring alternative futures – to explore and create responses to local and global challenges facing young people including social justice, the climate crisis, and regenerating rural communities. Find more here.

Welcome to Jenny Brownrigg!

We are delighted to welcome Jenny Brownrigg as our new Acting Chair for the coming 18 months. Jenny is a curator, writer and researcher, working as Exhibitions Director at The Glasgow School of Art. A major strand of Jenny’s research over the last five years has been looking at early 20th century women documentary filmmakers and photographers in Scotland, and the ways in which they documented communities and places including, in the case of M.E.M. Donaldson, her walks in Skye.

Jenny says: “I was delighted when invited to be Acting Chair of ATLAS Arts. I am drawn to the vision and authentic approach that the organisation continues to make with artists and communities in Skye and Lochalsh. ATLAS Arts as an organisation is an exemplar in Scotland and has the flexibility of a model to steer through and show innovative ways of working and continuing to connect with communities through these unprecedented times.”

Huge thanks to Sue and Steven!

We would also like to thank two long standing board members, Sue Pirnie and Steven Haddow for all their support, guidance and enthusiasm in the role of ATLAS trustees. Sue stepped down as Acting Chair at our last board meeting, and we are hugely grateful for her strategic input and many contributions to the board over the last six years. Steven Haddow finished his term at our last board meeting and has been a keen supporter, cook(!), and a critical friend of the organisation since 2013.
 


Opportunities

We’ve collated a series of opportunities that may be of interest to artists and makers in our locale:

Short Circuit here 
Cothrom airson Sgrìobhadairean - Young Films Foundation | New Screenwriting Programme 2021/22:  here
Refugee Festival call for events here 
Northword project here

Funding application proofing and support: ATLAS is able to offer support and proofing reading with funding applications for artists living on Skye, Lochalsh and Raasay. Get in touch with ainslie@atlasarts.org.uk if you would find this helpful.
 


Take care and keep in touch x
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