ATLAS Arts is a pioneering producer and commissioner of contemporary art that creates connections between artists and audiences and responds to the unique qualities of this region, its landscapes, its culture and its people.
ATLAS opens up the potential for artists to make extraordinary ideas happen in unusual and unexpected places, inspiring audiences and participants to explore new horizons.
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 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 upon principles of collaboration, reciprocity, diversity and audience building, forging links between art and communities. Our work is made within the context of sustained relationships between organisations, artists, local residents, and stakeholders.
We 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 our 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 we can shrink and grow to answer the needs of each specific project or production. We will 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, we aim to create transformative experiences for our community and for the artists themselves.
We are part of Creative Scotland’s portfolio of Regularly Funded Organisation. We also receive funding from Highland and Islands Enterprise and rely on grants, donations and sponsors to help support our work.