What do you want to see happen 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.
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.
What is an alternative school?
The school will be a series of gatherings spread over 8 months exploring alternative futures – a space for coming together to create responses to social justice, climate crisis and rural life. You don’t need to be an artist or from an arts background to take part.
Its a place to share concerns, to create a new community of people who might not otherwise be able to connect, to have fun, and to talk about different ways of doing things.
The school with by co-led by an artist who will help to shape and organise sessions along with you, who will bring in speakers and experts that you want to learn with.
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)
If you are interested in taking part in the school, email your responses to these three questions –
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
2. What is your interest in social justice, climate crisis and community?
3. Why do you want to take part?
To Heather Fulton at email@example.com by Sunday the 10th of January 2021.
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