Meet the Group

Duilich, chan eil seo ri fhaighinn ach sa Bheurla an-dràsta.

The School of Plural Futures, led by artist Emmie McLuskey, is a cohort of eight co-collaborators. Together they guide, create, discuss and explore its many threads in shaping the school.

Emmie McLuskey

My name is Emmie McLuskey and I live in Glasgow, Scotland.

I work across the roles of artist, producer, programmer, facilitator, writer and educator. I see these as completely interlinked and inseparable from each other, these multiple expressions, regardless of form, all come from a desire to communicate and process the nuance and complexity of our world alongside others. I’m interested in embodied forms of knowledge and collaboration is central to the work I do.

I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the school, working alongside the group to explore possible futures, the idea of home, the land, the environment and it's intersections with the systems we are a part of. It is a great privilege to work and learn with the group about where they call home. My main focus at present is on becoming a better ally to the land and in turn to others who live alongside it.

Currently I am artist in residence at Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh working towards new work in print, sound and moving image. Recent exhibitions and events include Collective, Edinburgh, KW, Berlin, Dogo Residenz für Neue Kunst, Switzerland and Sissi Club, Marseille. As a producer I have recently worked with Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin and Counterflows, International Festival of Music and Art 2021. Recent writing includes States of Being commissioned by Film Video Umbrella, London for artist Cal Mac and An Ode to Influence on the work of choreographer Janice Parker for the National Galleries of Scotland.

Grace Wright

Hi, I'm Grace! I live just outside Edinbane, where I spent most of my time sewing and reading. I'm currently working on a master's degree in Victorian history and literature, researching land agitation in Skye in the 1880s. I love to make and mend clothing, exploring ways to minimise waste. I'm excited about the School because of its intersections with these interests: the heritage of the island, the sustainability of life here in the future, and the things we can do to promote both.

Isabel Mcleish

I am Isabel McLeish (she/her) based in Balmacara, Lochalsh and a postgraduate student doing my MA in Art and Social Practice with the Centre for Island Creativity at UHI. My practice explores the entanglements of people, objects and place and is informed by personal experiences of immersion in landscapes, the history, language and ecology of the Highlands and the rhythms intrinsic to the planet. I wish to continue to develop my practice in a rural context exploring collaborative processes as a way of responding to the climate crisis and working towards a more sustainable future.

I am delighted to be part of the School of Plural Futures programme as I want to explore creative responses to local issues and the climate crisis alongside other young people in my local area. The group is a great opportunity for sustained engagement with challenging issues and enables space and time for conversations and engagement and I am enjoying the variety of content and themes throughout the project.


Instagram: @isabelmcleishart

Sebastian Taylor

Sebastian was raised in New England by English parents, but they never quite meshed with either country. They studied physics at university and focussed on novel forms of nuclear waste clean-up and maintenance using cosmic-ray showers. They have worked on a number of projects with groups including Inklight Creative Writing Society, Saints LGBT+, NEW Inc, and they are now very excited to be joining ATLAS Arts for the School of Plural Futures.

Sebastian’s work focuses on queering spaces and bodies; and they are now considering new visions of future and shared spaces with other students at the School. They are preparing for an MLitt in Curatorial Practice for Contemporary Art at the Glasgow School of Art in September, and they are grateful for the community ATLAS and the people of Skye have fostered to promote discussion and creative works.

Sara Oussaiden

Eilidh Towers

Ailish Culbertson

Murdo MacGillivray

Sarah MacLeod