CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones

CLIMAVORE is a long-term project led by artists Cooking Sections, that includes a variety of site-responsive projects across the world. Exploring how to eat as humans change climate, CLIMAVORE explores forms of eating that respond to man-induced environmental transformations.

On the Isle of Skye, CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones examines the environmental impact of intensive salmon aquaculture, and reacts to the changing shores of Portree, Isle of Skye. It looks at forms of eating that address environmental regeneration through the promotion of ingredients that proactively respond to the new ecological challenges of Scottish waters.

ATLAS Arts has been working with Cooking Sections since 2017 to develop CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones with various partners across Skye and Raasay.

On Tidal Zones on Skye includes the following projects:

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones – The Oyster Table

Looking down on the oyster table from above with water surrounding it.


The Oyster Table is an installation set on the intertidal zone/seal-mara at Bayfield, Portree. Each day at high tide, it works as an underwater multispecies oyster table, inhabited by filter feeder bivalves/dà-shligich and seaweeds/feamainn. At low tide, the installation emerges above the sea and functions like a dining table for humans.

It is activated by Cooking Sections in collaboration with local chefs, residents, politicians and researchers with the support of ATLAS Arts, as we continue to maintain and expand a public and educational programme on the intertidal zone. More info here.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones. Cooking Sections, 2017-ongoing. Isle of Skye. Aerial Photo: Nick Middleton.

CLIMAVORE: On Tidal Zones – Educate

Since November 2018 students at Portree High School have trained to become CLIMAVORE Cooks. Through a series of oyster shucking and seaweed bread-baking workshops led by local chefs, foragers, scallop divers and Cooking Sections, students have learnt about the aqua-cultures along the tidal zones of Skye and food practices that can support them.

Throughout 2019 and 2020, CLIMAVORE Apprenticeships have run across in restaurants across the island. Working in close collaboration with the corresponding chefs and kitchen teams, the CLIMAVORE Apprentices develop, prepare and serve a CLIMAVORE menu to support alternative aqua-cultures which promote cleaner use of the tidal zone.

Update to date info on ATLAS Arts’ CLIMAVORE learning and apprenticeships can found here.



The project continues its mission in Skye and Raasay expanding into the CLIMAVORE Station – a series of pedagogical actions, apprenticeship programmes, ecosocial material innovations, and the fostering of circular economies.

The CLIMAVORE Station is seeking a permanent home for its activities on the Isle of Skye. Multiple options are being considered, including the renovation of historical landmarks at risk and the restoration of a coastal site. The process will include ecosocial material innovations developed in partnership with local craftsmen and fabricators. Reinterpreting the use of waste shells and seaweed as new materials for the construction sector, their use in the CLIMAVORE Station will contribute to the development of circular economies between food and building businesses on Skye, and the wider Highlands and Islands, exploring new avenues for alternative forms of caring for the coast.

CLIMAVORE was set up as a Community Interest Company in 2019 to steer the CLIMAVORE Station project.

For more information, contacts and updates on the project visit the CLIMAVORE Station website.



Feature photographs by Ruth Clark.