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Take Part! The School of Plural Futures

Image from Alice in Wasteland by Leeds Animation Workshop

What futures do you want to see on Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh beyond COVID-19?

The School of Plural Futures is a new alternative school exploring social justice – with and for people aged 16-25 who live on Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh – and we are looking for people interested in taking part.

The school will take shape as a series of workshops, events, gatherings, film screenings, walks and online conversations throughout 2021. Its aim is simply to bring together a group interested in exploring social justice, climate crisis and rural life – to share concerns, have fun, and to talk about different ways of doing things.

It will be supported by a lead artist who will help to shape and organise sessions with the school’s contributors, bringing in other speakers, artists and activists to the programme.

Eligibility:

This is an alternative school – exploring non-academic knowledge and collective learning – and so you do not need any qualifications or particular experience to take part. You don’t need to have an interest or background in art either. It is open to anyone living on Skye, Raasay and Lochalsh aged 16-25 years old.

Support and stipends:

The first year of the school will have 8 participants, all of whom will receive a small daily stipend (£25) and travel expenses (£20) for each of the 16 daily sessions of the school. To take part, you just need to be able to join as many of the sessions as possible, which will take place every 4-6 weeks as below.

School dates (exact dates will be decided in January 2021 but the rough plan is as follows):

Introductory session: End of January / 1 day (online)
Session 1 – Mid February / 3 days (on Skye, location tbc)
Session 2 – Late March / 3 days (on Skye, location tbc)
Session 3 – Early May / 3 days (on Skye, location tbc)
Session 4 – Mid June / 3 days (on Skye, location tbc)
Session 5 – Mid July / 3 days (on Skye, location tbc)

What does Plural Futures mean?

‘Plural Futures’ is a thread across a lot of ATLAS projects, exploring collaboration and solidarity. We are interested in creating braver spaces for asking questions and addressing the future, creating conversations and spaces to expand understandings of identity, history, the world and the future – as inhabitants of Skye and the Highlands.

If you are interested in taking part in the school, but have a few questions or want to hear more first, email Heather Fulton at heather@atlasarts.org.uk