ATLAS Arts’ office in Portree is currently closed to the public. Our projects are continuing in different ways, with all our staff working remotely.
ATLAS Arts is an arts organisation working across the Isles of Skye and Raasay, and the surrounding area of Lochalsh – on the north-west coast of Scotland.
ATLAS works across Skye and Lochalsh in different spaces and venues, working in collaboration with community organisations, local activists, schools, growers, artists, makers and other groups.
We often focus on projects that address climate injustice in relation to local history, culture and knowledge, and on art projects that span long periods of time – connecting the conditions and desires of our local area with the shared concerns of global communities.
Resources and media such as libraries, independent publishing, film, performance, archives and food are important to us. In recent years our programme has involved community filmmaking, Gaelic learning collaborations, walks, screenings, meals, local apprenticeship programmes, environmental research projects, exhibitions and zine libraries – working with national and international artists and local groups alike.
ATLAS’ fixed gathering spaces are our office and public workshop space in Portree, and The CLIMAVORE Oyster Table on the tidal zone at Bayfield, Portree.
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’, we create support structures with artists and communities through process-based commissions, social and political actions, exhibitions, exchanges, residencies, workshops, educational programmes and projects that strongly connect to local knowledge.
ATLAS focuses on principles of collaboration, reciprocity and community building. Our work is made within the context of sustained relationships between organisations, artists, local residents, and stakeholders.
We work with a range of sectors including; community trusts, crofting, dance, environment, heritage, media, music and tourism to develop ways of working that resonate with our dispersed, coastal, island location. We also try to expand outward expectations about what it means to practice in a so-called rural setting.
As a ‘fleet of foot,’ flexible organisation ATLAS can shrink and grow to answer the desires of each specific project or production. We focus on fostering ecological ethics in the arts, co-creating projects with our community and beyond.
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.