The Call of Mist | John Akomfrah
08 – 15 October 2016
In October 2016, ATLAS Arts presented John Akomfrah’s The Call of Mist (2012 Redux) in the very unique and poignant location of Dunvegan Castle. The short film was originally made in 1998 and set in the Isle of Skye, a place the filmmaker has visited since childhood – bringing the work back to Skye was central to this presentation. Akomfrah’s The Call of Mist is a vivid reflection on loss, memory and media and was commissioned by BBC TV.
Land Line // Five Walks In Skye | Caroline Dear
12 – 16 September 2016
Land Line was a series of five walks over five days that offered a unique chance to explore our relationship with the environment. Led by Skye-based artist Caroline Dear, each featured a specially invited collaborator and encouraged observation and conversation.
Travelling the Archive
Travelling the Archive was a long-term project with artist Nicky Bird aimed at reimagining a time and place in Kyleakin’s past, for future audiences and current residents. Bird sought to share and make accessible the 1960s heritage of the close community of Kyleakin in the Isle of Skye, through a series of 35mm slide images taken during this period by seasonal visitor Miss Joan Wilcock. Utilising the Joan Wilcock Collection held in the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, a programme incorporating an outdoor projection exhibition, a series of memory walks, schools workshops and more were delivered as part of this project.
Place of Pillars | Ruth Barker
Ruth Barker’s Place of Pillars (2016) was conceived as a contemporary dedication to the crofters’ uprising and commissioned as part of a wider collaboration between ATLAS Arts and the Staffin Community Trust to create a memorial to the uprising through local stories and shared memories. It was performed live in both Skye and in Edinburgh as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Art Festival, and is also available to listen to and download online.
Skye and Lochalsh Talent Development Initiative
In 2014 ATLAS Arts and partners, Seall, Aros, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Fèisean nan Gàidheal received funding from Creative Scotland to offer funding to artists, performers and producers to engage in new processes or explore new ways of working and encouraged them to reach for the next level. The main aim of the bursaries was to offer artistic and…
GATHER | CONNECT | INSPIRE
GATHER | CONNECT | INSPIRE is an annual two day symposium which brings together a range of creatives based in the Highlands and Islands along with a variety of creative professionals from across the U.K. The event aims to encourage a unique opportunity to connect with and extend creative networks, whilst gaining invaluable insight and advice. Past events have brought organisations such as LUX Scotland, Future Positive, TRAKKE, Eigg Box and Document Scotland to the Isle of Skye to ensure a diverse selection of creative practice are represented from which connections and inspiration can be drawn.
NEO NEO // Extreme Past
01 – 17 July 2016
NEO NEO // Extreme Past, was an offsite ATLAS project. An exhibition featuring artists In the Shadow of the Hand, Niall Macdonald, Sophie Morrish, Bobby Niven and Hanna Tuulikki, the project built on a curatorial relationship between Emma Nicolson, ATLAS director, and artist/curator Gayle Meikle.
Landshapes | David Lemm
29 September 2015 – 20 February 2016
Commissioned to create a new ATLAS Edition, artist David Lemm used the unique landscape of the Isle of Skye as the basis for his research. Embarking upon an exploration of the iconic Cuillins of Skye, Lemm ascended Sgurr Alasdair – the islands highest peak. Documenting his journey and considering the mountain as a whole, and not just the summit, Lemm created a series of screen-printed postcard which references a different part of the climb and the journey as it unfolded.
Within View | René Jansen
27 July 2015 – 20 February 2016
Commissioned to create a new ATLAS Edition, North Uist-based photographer René Jansen looked to the iconic landscape of the Isle of Skye as the basis for his research. Inspired by his surroundings, but seeking to find an ‘alternative, inconspicuous beauty that exists within the wider scenic splendor of the Skye landscape’, Jansen created three photographic prints in a limited edition of 25, giving a unique perspective of ubiquitous locations on the Isle of Skye.
Broad Reach was a two-year curatorial residency, led by ATLAS Arts director Emma Nicolson at Taigh Chearsabhagh in North Uist. The project was initiated to develop a range of cross-island programming which would bring work of an international standing to a broader audience in the Hebrides.
Women of the Hill | Hanna Tuulikki
31 October 2015
Women of the Hill, was a sell-out performance by artist and composer Hanna Tuulikki. The performance, presented by ATLAS Arts at sunset on Samhain (31 October 2015) was created specifically for the extraordinary archaeological site at High Pasture Cave, Kilbride, Glen Suardal, Isle of Skye – taking the audience on a song-journey evoking three worlds: Past, Present and Otherworld.
BBC Ten Pieces | David Lemm
09 – 13 February 2015
Participating in the BBC’s nationwide project Ten Pieces, ATLAS worked with Edinburgh-based artist David Lemm to produce a creative response to the project. Working collaboratively with pupils at Portree Primary School, Lemm encouraged an animated response, created by the children, to the Benjamin Britten’s Storm Interlude from the opera, Peter Grimes. The animation was selected to be shown at the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, London in 2015.
Talking Art Series
05 May 2012 – 25 October 2014
Talking Art Series was a programme of artists’ talks presented as a Saturday afternoon lecture series in Portree. The talks brought a variety of artists, with a range of practices, to the Isle of Skye to discuss their creative approaches to making work – with a particular focus on making work in the public realm. Over the course of two years, ATLAS worked with a number of artists such as Nicky Bird, Chris Dooks, Graham Fagan and Frances Priest to encourage critical engagement with contemporary art.
GENERATION // Are you LOCATIONALIZED | Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan
06 August – 10 October 2014
Are you LOCATIONALIZED by Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan was commissioned as a dual-sited cross-island project between the Hebridean islands of Skye and North Uist. Are you LOCATIONALIZED was ATLAS’ contribution to the 2014 nationwide project GENERATION, a major exhibition programme which showcased some of the best and most significant artists to have emerged from Scotland over the preceding twenty-five years.
09 – 13 May 2016
Atelier, Skye was a three-day charrette (an intensive participatory group that engages a common enquiry) wherein a group of artists, curators, academic researchers and members of the local community worked with six common research ‘objects’ located in the north of the Isle of Skye (Trotternish, Waternish and Duirinish). The charrette aimed to transform participants’ understanding of what material research is, what it can be and of who/what might participate in it.
Temporary Spaces, Edible Places | Keg de Souza
12 May – 16 June 2014
During early summer 2014, Australian artist Keg de Souza was artist-in-residence between Kilmuir and Linicro. Drawing on her practice investigating spatial politics, de Souza developed the project Temporary Spaces, Edible Places with pupils in Kilmuir Primary School.
ATLAS Arts Café
ATLAS Arts Café was a broadcast project on community radio station Cuillin FM. A monthly programme of talks, interviews and discussion with local, national and international artists. Each episode sought to share insight into how artists make work and approach developing their individual practice. Podcasts of each episode are available to listen to on the online archive.
Colm Cille’s Spiral // Convocation
12 August – 01 November 2013
Colm Cille’s Spiral, a series of contemporary art and literature commissions and dialogues rethinking the legacy of sixth century Irish monk Colm Cille (St Columba). For this project, ATLAS worked with Glasgow School of Art and others to produce Convocation a residency period and exhibition with a group of scholars and artists, making work which engaged with the extreme past.
Spincycle-Skye, a year-long multi-disciplinary project looking at culture through performance, music, visual arts and crafts. Drawing from a common theme of spin, ATLAS commissioned an array of artists to explore different projects inspired by all things that revolve, turn, rotate, mirror and repeat.
The Nation // Live-Faith
The Nation // Live-Faith, a joint project between ATLAS and the National Galleries of Scotland, asked young people in Skye to explore the theme of faith using William Hole’s mural depiction of St Columba Addressing the Picts [on Skye], 597 AD (1895-1901) as their inspiration. Through a series of workshops and development sessions, the young people were encouraged to think about the power of miracles to shape belief and to consider issues such as migration and origin – asking questions such as “What would a modern day miracle look like?”
02 – 03 May 2013
In 2013, ATLAS was invited to be a collaborating organisation on the project Fernweh. Led by Huntly-based Deveron Arts, Fernweh sought to explore notions of travel and remoteness, highlighting the intricacies of travel and hospitality within community and socially engaged art, particularly in a rural context.
còmhlan bheanntan | a company of mountains | Alec Finlay
Alec Finlay’s còmhlan bheanntan | a company of mountains was a commission that saw the artist produce a variety of poems, photos, essays and ‘word-mntn’ drawings. Taking inspiration from Sorley Maclean’s poem ‘Ceann Loch Aeoineart’ Finlay selected fourteen sites on the Isle of Skye to explore the mountains, history, culture and mythology of the island.
Belief | Thomson and Craighead
Belief by Thomson and Craighead is a documentary artwork exploring the notion of belief through information sourced online. The development of the artwork stemmed from a piece of found-footage discussing the ‘faerie flag’ – an artefact steeped in mystery and myth, held at Dunvegan Castle in Skye. From this starting point, a whole series of fragmented broadcasts about belief systems and differing ideologies are presented. This work was the final installment in the artists’ Flat Earth Trilogy and was supported by ATLAS, Creative Scotland, New Media Scotland (Alt-w fund) and Animate Projects.
Peace Camp | Cultural Olympiad 2012
23 July – 04 October 2012
Peace Camp, a project initiated as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad celebrating Britain and Northern Ireland’s love poetry and extensive coastline. ATLAS served as the local partner on the project which was a collaboration between theatre director Deborah Warner, actor Fiona Shaw and creative producer Artichoke. Working in Portree High School, the project saw pupils create a tent in response to ‘place’ incorporated peat-covered poetry panels; love tokens made from trees native to Skye and ropes made from local grasses, rushes and moss entwined with poetry tags, with the help of local artist Caroline Dear and the 2012 Sabhal mor Ostaig‘s poet-in-residence, Padraig MacAoidh.
Bàta Brèagha // Bonnie Boat | Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich
03 – 10 September 2011
Bàta Brèagha // Bonnie Boat was a large and ambitious programme of events throughout late summer in 2011. The centrepiece was Zoë Walker and Neil Bromwich’s Celestial Radio: a sailing boat created by the artists covered in over 60,000 mirrored tiles, which broadcast songs and stories.
24 July – 25 September 2010
SCALE took place over a busy summer season in 2010. Working with guest curator Steven MacKenzie, ATLAS and MacKenzie commissioned several site-specific sculptures by artists and creative practitioners based in Skye and Lochalsh. The resulting sculptures were displayed in a public exhibition in the grounds of Clan Donald Skye.