ATLAS Arts is working with the Staffin Community Trust (Urras An Taobh Sear) to produce a series of pilot commissions with a view to creating a contemporary memorial to acknowledge the nineteenth-century crofters’ land struggle in the Staffin area. A central aim of the commissions is for the artists to contribute to the awareness and understanding of the local community of the potentially positive impacts and benefits of a commissioned public artwork/contemporary memorial.
In early 2017 we invited applications from artists interested in researching and developing a contemporary memorial and in particular, artists that would demonstrate imagination and sensitivity in challenging perceptions of what a contemporary memorial to a historical event can be. Two artists were selected, sculptor, Henry Castle and design collective, Lateral North.
Research and development will underpin this project. Critically, ‘go see’ visits and meetings with creative practitioners will help to shape and inform Staffin Community Trust /the Steering Group’s approach to devising a brief and will help to illuminate different approaches to site within contemporary art practice in the public realm.