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ATLAS Arts commission wins prestigious Saltire Society Award

Photo of Apothecary's Tower, Portree, encased in a temporary pink structure as part of the 'Are you LOCATIONALIZED' project

Are you LOCATIONALIZED by Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan. Image: Ruth Clark

Are you LOCATIONALIZED by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, has one a prestigious Saltire Society Arts in Public Places Award.

The ‘Arts in Public Places Awards’ is the new name for the Arts and Crafts in Architecture Awards, which the Saltire Society has been running annually for the past 40 years. This year sees the introduction of a new award category for temporary artworks alongside the existing award for permanent exhibits.

The three winning projects each artist receives a share of a total prize fund of £4000, part-funded by Creative Scotland. The awards presentation took place on Thursday, 11th August at the Saltire Society headquarters in central Edinburgh and is the latest in a busy schedule of awards and events marking the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary year.

Are you LOCATIONALIZED won the inaugural temporary public art category. It was an ATLAS Arts commission created by former Glasgow School of Art graduates Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan spanning the two Hebridean islands of Skye and North Uist. The project included outdoor structures on both islands, a series of photo-works exhibited at Taigh Chearsabhagh Art Centre on North Uist and a dedicated information desk about the project at the ATLAS Arts Office in Portree in the Isle of Skye.

Emma Nicolson, director of ATLAS, spoke of how honoured she was that such an ambitious project has been recognised: “I am really proud that we have been recognised by this award. It is a lovely tribute to the small, hard-working team at ATLAS, the artists, everyone else who worked on the project with us and our funders who enabled us to work on such an ambitious project.”

Artist, Joanne Tatham, spoke of the opportunity such a commission brought for her and Tom to develop a significant new piece of work: “Are you LOCATIONALIZED performed and behaved in different ways, for different audiences, across several locations and venues. These were all interesting and valuable things for both of us, but this was also about the opportunity to construct a work that was expansive and complicated – and pushed at the parameters or conventions by which an artwork might be expected to function. We are extremely proud that this project has been recognised by the Saltire Society.”

Saltire Society executive director Jim Tough added: “In this, the Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design in Scotland and also the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary year, it seems particularly fitting that we’ve had the opportunity to expand these particular awards to include a brand new category for temporary artworks, thanks in part to the generous support of Creative Scotland. By recognising the unique contribution artworks in public places make to the cultural life of Scotland, I hope that the Arts in Public Places Awards will inspire many more such projects in the years to come.”

Published on 11 August 2016