Atlas Arts





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

ATLAS Arts is an award winning, pioneering producer and commissioner of contemporary art that creates connections between artists and audiences and responds to the unique qualities of this region, its landscape, its culture and its people.

Through their work ATLAS provides opportunities for artists to develop ambitious, often temporary, durational work in the public realm.


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 remote 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


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.