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Welcome to new board members Catherine MacPhee and Freya Rowe

Audience members as the sunrises for Ragadawn. Photograph by Sophie Gerrard.

We are really delighted to share that two new directors have joined the ATLAS board.  A really warm welcome to Freya Rowe and Catherine MacPhee.

Catherine is an archivist who grew up on Skye, allowing her to engage with community groups across Skye and Lochalsh while preserving and protecting the culture.  She has been an invaluable support to ATLAS and visiting artists with her encyclopedic knowledge of the island and a rigorous understanding of the complexities of Skye’s history. She has a wide range of job experiences while growing up in Skye including An Tuireann Arts Centre, in hospitality, as a financial advisor finance and has a strong knowledge of local history and culture creating a deep connection to the place she grew up.

Catherine can be found at various music festivals and events at home and
abroad. Other interests are yoga, growing vegetables, baking and reading a wide variety of literature, perhaps too much nonfiction.

I explored the option of joining the ATLAS Board so I could support a local organisation who bring engaging and dynamic projects to Skye. Providing support with my skills in heritage and a local voice I am delighted to become a member and have the opportunity to support new developments and positive creative practices for the local area.”

Freya Rowe is the managing director of Raasay House Hotel and Outdoor Activities. She lives and works on the Isle of Raasay, a short journey from the small village of Plockton where she grew up. With her partner David and her mother Lyn, she has created a sustainable family business in Raasay House, enabling the community to attract major funding to transform Raasay House into a valuable community asset. As a dedicated member of her small island community, Freya has enjoyed working with various community groups supporting projects which help sustain this fragile island community and bring benefits to residents and businesses alike.

Freya has loved being involved in partnerships like Patterns of Flora with Atlas Arts, and more recently the wonderful and thought-provoking Climavore project, which with its themes around marine life and sustainability, is very close to Freya’s heart. Freya is a mother of two and loves spending time with her family. Having studied for a year at Duncan of Jordanstone college of art, she takes great pleasure in art and creativity influences much of what she does. In the winter she loves to travel and in the rare moments of free time in the summer, you will find her loch swimming or e-biking around the island.

“I have followed the progression and success of ATLAS over the years and have been extremely impressed by how creatively diverse they are. Routing themselves deep within the community, and with an ethos which taps heavily into sustainability, I regard ATLAS as a unique example for the future of artistic vision. By choosing not to have premises they are free to invest in people, land and sea – collaborating with artists, schools, business, community groups and acting as a fluid bridge of creativity in this new world.”

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Catherine and Freya for their support and input so far.

ATLAS is also currently recruiting for a new Chair of the board, and we are really keen to hear from anyone living locally who might be interested in this role.

You can see our full list of trustees here.