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ATLAS Arts makes international appointments in Research and Development Year

Rob Blackson and Caroline Winn

We are excited to embark on a new approach to developing our future with two figures from the international arts scene taking up positions at ATLAS in a year devoted to research and development.

Norman Gillies, Chairman of the ATLAS board, explained: “We want to take this opportunity to build on the local, national and international success of our first eight years by looking rigorously at new approaches in current artistic practice, and options for ATLAS’ development as an organisation. To do this we have initiated a Research and Development Year; enabling us to appoint exciting specialists with national and international reputations to identify and test new strategies.”

Scottish arts leader Caroline Winn will take up the post of Research and Development Director, and will focus on the development of ATLAS as an organisation. Well respected for her work as Festival Manager for Glasgow International, and International Projects Manager for Festivals Edinburgh, Caroline was also the first director of the new organisation Comar, Mull, developing the strategic plan that won them significant investment.

Caroline Winn

Caroline commented: “I am really thrilled to be taking up this new role with ATLAS Arts. Through this period of research and development I hope that the staff and board can investigate new ways to strengthen the resilience of ATLAS and support the company’s organisational and creative development. For me, this means deepening ATLAS’ work with communities but also ensuring that this is coupled with first-rate operational and strategic management”

International curator Rob Blackson will join ATLAS as a Consultant Curator and will develop a new series of art projects. Director of Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, and previously at Nottingham Contemporary, Rob is internationally respected for his radical methods in putting communities at the heart of programming and commissioning renowned artists to work collaboratively with them.

Rob Blackson standing against a pink background looking straight at the camera. He has brown hair and is wearing glasses and a turquoise jumper.
Rob Blackson, Director Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia.

Rob said: “Ever since first travelling to Skye over a decade ago I have been in awe of its creative potential. Now is an incredibly exciting time to build on ATLAS’ success through the creation of new artist-led commissions that are rooted in the interests of Skye and Lochalsh residents. I look forward to working with ATLAS’ excellent staff and community of resources to strengthen the organisation in ways that are both locally relevant and internationally significant.”

The next twelve months look set to be an exciting period for ATLAS. Alongside the remit of the research and development year, we will continue to deliver a pioneering programme of activities, including phase two of the award-winning CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones with Cooking Sessions, partnering with Katie Paterson to deliver her ambitious, UK-wide First There is a Mountain project and continue to grow our film programme Screen-It through partnership working with Luminate Festival and local community groups.

Published on 20 February 2019