Atlas Arts




CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones recognised for its innovation and artistic excellence

Alon and Daniel of Cooking Section standing on top of the oyster table in Bayfield.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones, an ATLAS Arts commission by Cooking Sections, 2017. Photograph Ruth Clark.

We are thrilled to share that CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones an ATLAS Arts commission by artist duo Cooking Sections has been shortlisted as one of ten projects across the globe for the prestigious Visible Award and has been recognised with an Innovation  Award (Highly Commended) by the Nature of Scotland Awards.

The Nature of Scotland Innovation Award celebrates excellence, innovation and outstanding achievements in nature conservation. It is run by RSPB Scotland and co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage.

The Visible Award celebrates projects that “demonstrate how artistic processes can create areas for reflection and mobilisation, acting as a field for action within the public domain… bringing about responsible change and social transformation.”

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones is a long-term project which looks at forms of eating that address environmental regeneration by promoting ingredients that proactively respond to the new ecological challenges of Scottish waters. Working with residents, restaurants, activists, schools and the general public, it aims to develop alternative aqua-cultures, focusing on bivalves and seaweeds that clean the water by breathing. Find out more about the project.

Drone photograph from above showing the three sections of the oyster table

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones, an ATLAS Arts commission by Cooking Sections, 2017. Photograph Nicholas Middleton.

We are honoured that CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones is among the 10 shortlisted projects for the 2019 Visible Award. For the past decade the Visible Award has been promoting a range of projects and practices that are advancing the role of artists and cultural institutions in shaping social, ecological and political environments. Many of past and present selected projects have been great inspiration for our process, in regards to how they have responded to pressing socio-political conflicts in a variety of contexts around the world. The series of collaborative public events and discussions to take place in the coming year will provide an important platform to question how can we develop other aqua-cultures in response to the increasingly polluted state of the ocean and marine environment.” Cooking Sections.

The project continues to evolve with the second phase currently in development – working with Portree High School to train young cooks on the island, introducing them to CLIMAVORE dishes, to present an altogether a new coastal horizon for Skye. A select number of these young chefs will be offered fully funded residencies with restaurants in Skye allowing them to develop their skills further and extend the reach of the CLIMAVORE project.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones, 2017, was supported by The Pebble Trust and Outset Scotland.

Published on 23 November 2018