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Atlas Arts

ART / PEOPLE / PLACE

EALAN / DAOINE / ÀITE

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About

Photo of Apothecary's Tower, Portree, encased in a temporary pink structure as part of the 'Are you LOCATIONALIZED' project

Are you LOCATIONALIZED by Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan. Image: Ruth Clark

Please note the ATLAS office in Portree is currently closed with all staff working remotely. Please contact us by email or mobile phone – our office phone will not be answered for the time being.

ATLAS Arts is a contemporary art producer and commissioner on the Isle of Skye, creating connections between artists and audiences.

Our work spans performance, film, writing, research, site specific events, spatial projects, collective making, exhibitions, installations and learning programmes.

We aim to work over long periods of time with many different contributors and partners (human and non human).

Vision

Photo of Celestial Radio boat

Celestial Radio by Zöe Walker and Mark Bromwich. Image: Mark Pinder

ATLAS is an itinerant arts organisation that celebrates and explores the specificity of place within a local, national and international context. An organisation ‘without walls’, they are uniquely placed to help to deliver a contemporary arts programme in a dispersed rural setting.  ATLAS will provide opportunities for artists to extend their practice through commissions, socially engaged projects, exhibitions, cultural exchanges, residencies, workshops, educational programmes and projects that strongly connect communities.

ATLAS focuses on principles of collaboration, reciprocity, diversity and audience building, forging links between art and communities. Their work is made within the context of sustained relationships between organisations, artists, local residents, and stakeholders.

They seek partners from a range of sectors including; community trusts, crofting, dance, environment, heritage, media, music and tourism to develop and deliver a distinctive practice that resonates with their remote rural island location. This approach is designed to nurture relationships with communities in Skye and beyond, both nationally and internationally.

As a ‘fleet of foot,’ flexible organisation ATLAS can shrink and grow to answer the needs of each specific project or production. They focus on fostering best practice within socially and contextually engaged art. By developing projects within our community and beyond, and working with internationally respected artists, they create transformative experiences for the community and for the artists themselves.

Photo of pupils working with David Lemm on BBC Ten Pieces project

BBC Ten Pieces project with David Lemm. Image: Colin Hattersley

Funding

ATLAS is part of Creative Scotland’s portfolio of Regularly Funded Organisation (2018-21). We also receive funding from Highland and Islands Enterprise and rely on grants, donations and sponsors to help support our work.