ATLAS’ project that celebrates the plant life of Raasay has been commended under the Placemaking category of awards that set industry standards of excellence in the field of cultural and business engagement, innovation and enterprise.
Patterns of Flora | Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats, an ATLAS Arts commission by artist Frances Priest, has received an Arts & Business Scotland Award special commendation for the category of Placemaking. This recognises a partnership that has strategically shaped the cultural activities in a particular geographical area or has contributed to an increase in cultural tourism. The partnership shows how cultural placemaking can animate spaces, and can bring diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired by and enjoy the very best of Scotland’s creative, cultural and historic wealth and how cultural tourism can raise the profile of Scotland at home and abroad.
The Arts & Business Scotland Awards celebrate and showcase the best examples of business partnerships, projects and sponsorships within cultural organisations in Scotland. Arts & Business Scotland has been working for over 25 years to foster dynamic relationships between business and culture to enable Scotland to benefit from a vibrant cultural community.
Patterns of Flora saw Frances collaborate with botanist Stephen Bungard and Raasay House to celebrate the diverse plant life of the Island of Raasay. The artist created a bespoke collection of ceramic artworks that are permanently sited within Raasay House. To accompany these artworks a map was produced so that visitors can explore the habitats in their own time, as well as two new ATLAS Editions; a signed series of handmade parian vases and an editioned colouring book featuring the artist’s original botanical drawings.
ATLAS is thrilled that this project, which seeks to embrace much of what makes an island like Raasay so extraordinary, in particular its community and its beautiful, rich environment, has been recognised by this award.
Emma Nicolson, ATLAS’ director, said: ‘We are delighted to have been recognised by this auspicious award and it is down to the generosity of the artist, Stephen Bungard and Raasay House. We aspire with commissions like this to add to the cultural life of the region, to its economic prospects and to developing the practice of the artists we work with. For our work to be recognised in this way is wonderful and we will use it as a springboard to continue to develop enterprising projects and commissions.’
Published on 05 February 2016
Patterns of Flora | Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats was a project with Edinburgh-based ceramicist Frances Priest. Drawing her inspiration from the Raasay landscape and time spent with Raasay botanist Stephen Bungard – Priest created a series of handmade ceramic artworks for permanent installation in Raasay House, on the Isle of Raasay, off the east coast of Skye.