Patterns of Flora | Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats

Project with ATLAS Arts, Frances Priest, Stephen Bungard and Raasay House.


ATLAS Arts is delighted to announce the launch of Patterns of Flora | Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats, which will see Edinburgh-based ceramicist, Frances Priest, develop a series of handmade, ceramic artworks for permanent installation in Raasay House on the Isle of Raasay, off the east coast of Skye.

The form and design of these artworks will be based on the plant life on the island of Raasay, and in particular seven different habitats that host unique and varying plant species: Bog, Coast, Fresh Water, Limestone, Moor, Mountains and Woodland.

Alongside these artworks a map, designed by Priest, will be produced of the habitats with associated walks to encourage visits to Raasay, explorations of the habitats and a new awareness of plant-life. This will see the collaboration with Stephen Bungard, a botanist based on Raasay, who also helped with the identification of the habitats.

Finally, the project will include the delivery of a bespoke, contemporary souvenir. This limited edition, Parian vase will feature Priest’s designs and be hand-finished by the artist. This will be available for sale from a variety of venues with proceeds being reinvested into ATLAS.

The project will culminate with a launch on the first weekend in June (6th-7th) with a weekend of activities such as guided walks and specialist talks. There will also be an associated public programme to sustain and stimulate further interest.


More about the artist:


Frances Priest (b. 1976, Wakefield, West Yorkshire) is an Edinburgh-based artist and designer with a specialism in ceramics. She studied Ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1998, before completing a post-graduate diploma the following year. Priest’s work explores pattern and ornament in decorative art and design; where it is found, how it is used and the craft processes involved in its production. She creates intricately decorated ceramic forms, exploring and reinterpreting languages of ornament from different cultures, places and periods in history.

Priest also makes work in response to people and places, using her interests as a platform from which to develop new work. This approach has led to projects in varied and sometimes unexpected settings, from a Tudor banqueting room in Sheffield, to an underpass in Cumbernauld. Priest regularly exhibits work in the UK and overseas and her work is represented in national collections including, the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


Video courtesy of Craft Scotland 


The commission is the result of ATLAS’ involvement with HIE’s pilot Collaborative Creative Communities programme – an outcome-based approach to community development, which is intended to maximise opportunities for business growth, commercial leadership and development, youth employment support to cultural third sector networks, and growth of other groups and organisations.